7 Things To Know Before You Knot Up

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You’re probably not a morning person (is there really such a thing?). You might be thinking about that upcoming meeting, afterwork date, or at a minimum, that first double shot of expresso. You don’t want to exert too much brain power on putting together the flawless outfit, but the way you dress will affect your attitude and performance for the entire day. So we’re here to give you 7 simple rules  that will have you looking sharp every day, with minimal effort in the new year.

1. Keep It Proportional.

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This one is pretty simple, yet often overlooked. Your jacket lapels, shirt collar, and tie should all be similar in size/width. Nothing looks more clownish than a fat windsor knot overpowering a skinny H&M collar. Many of the modern suits are being cut slimmer, so adjust accordingly.

(Our friends at Arden Reed have a great write-up on matching your collar to your tie knot. Check it out.)

2. Length Matters.

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Your tie should just touch the top of your belt. Skinny Ties can be a tad shorter (again, it’s that whole proportion thing).

3. Everyone Loves a Good Dimple.

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A tie dimple says “this guy know’s what he’s doing.”  Perhaps nobody was more iconic for their tie dimple than Cary Grant. TSBMen (The Style Blogger) shows you how to nail it every time.

4. Setting The Bar.

tiebar-featured-664Few things to know about tie bars. First, purpose. The bar not only holds the two pieces of your tie together, but also fastens them both to the shirt’s placket, keeping your tie from getting unruly.  Second, how to wear it. Your tie bar should never be wider than your tie (three-quarters is a safe generalization), and though there are some differing opinions on the matter, ours is that the tie bar should be placed right below the third button of your shirt. It should still be visible with a vest or buttoned blazer.

5. The Combo.

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While there are endless parts of a man’s outfit that sums to the whole, the colors and patterns of the shirt/tie combo make it the center of attention. We’ve previously shown you the intricacies of pairing the solid and striped shirts with your ties (more pattern tutorials to come!), but the simplest rule of all will avoid epic fails: between your shirt and your tie, one should be simple/muted, and the other bold.

6. Play The Seasons.

rough-neck-wool-ties-gq-magazine-september-2013-fashion-04In the B.F. days (Before FreshNeck), it was a daunting task to amass a tie arsenal that allowed you to find the perfect tie for any conceivable occasion. Only Jay Gatsby’s closet would carry a full selection of light cottons and linens for summer, and wools and cashmeres for winter, in addition to the all-season silks. But now with over 1000 unique ties at your disposal, you have no excuse. So embrace the seasons. A quick tip: match your tie fabric to your suit fabric.

7. Nobody Likes a Sloppy Collar.

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Get yourself some good collar stays. We’re not talking those flimsy plastic ones. Go brass, or treat yourself to some nice engraved sterling silver ones.  A non-stiff collar can ruin an otherwise refined outfit with one swift blow. Sign up for a FreshNeck trial now and we’ll get you started with a dope pair of brass collar stays.

 

Got some other pointers you’d like to share? Tweet at us (@freshneck) with the hashtag #Fresh2014. We’ll choose one winner for a secret pack of dapper goodies.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and though FreshNeck is geared towards men, many of us have mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, and colleagues who have been affected by Breast Cancer.  We’ve come a long way in the educating and detecting of the disease, but still have a way to go.

Here are some great resources for you to learn more about ways you can contribute:

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Cancer

National Breast Cancer Foundation

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Susan G Komen Race For The Cure

Wear your pink ties, bow ties, and pocket squares to show support. Send us pictures of you and your colleagues rockin’ the pink (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @freshneck) and we’ll reward one winner with a free month of FreshNeck membership.

Every pink item in the Collection here. All 79 of them.

Brace Yourself

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We have just added some suspenders to the Collection. For Silver Plan members, check out some colorful selections from Antonio Ricci, and for Gold and Platinum members, we have some ultra-hip patterned cotton suspenders from Everett, that feature white leather and silver clasps.

See them all here.

These suspenders are more appropriate for a #NewCasual day or night out on the town. Let us know if you’d like to also see some Gordon Gekko style braces, and we can source some.

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Step-Up to Seven-Fold Ties

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Grass-fed Beef.  180 thread-count sheets. Fully canvassed blazers. Slow churned ice-cream.  Steel-cut oats. All cost more, and represent the highest quality of their type, but many don’t even know what separates them from the ordinary.

Enter Seven-Fold Ties, an historic symbol of luxury.  It’s been called the Rolls Royce of neckwear.  But why?  Is a seven-fold tie really a “better” tie?  The answer – Yes. And here’s why:

What Is A 7-Fold Tie?

The term 7-fold refers to how the necktie is constructed.  Instead of sewing an inlay into the tie for thickness, the tie is made unlined out of a single piece of fabric (generally silk) that is folded 7 times.

So What?

While it is true that an onlooker cannot visibly decipher a 7-fold from a traditional 3-fold, the wearer can feel the difference, as a true 7-fold gives a thicker feel, incomparable drape, a larger looking tie knot, and a more hefty weight. It is generally thought that the added heft and vertical folds of the silk prevents twisting.

There is a reason most true 7-folds will run you $150-$300. It will take a full square meter of silk to craft one tie, along with many careful man-hours.

7-Fold Tips

– Like any other high-quality item, take care of your 7-fold ties, as they can last a lifetime.  This means carefully undoing the knot after a days use, and hanging it on a proper tie rack or rolling it for storage.

– Stick with a standard four-in-hand knot.  The added silk will already make a prominent knot, and using a 7-fold for a Windsor will make a huge knot suitable only for Italians or rappers married to Beyonce.

Feel The Difference

At FreshNeck, we strive to offer the best of the best, including 7-fold ties from a range of designers. Check out our selections from Sette (“Seven” in Italian), Kiton, Isaia, and others.

The entire 7-fold Collection can be found here.

Some of our favs:

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The British Are Coming!

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In an ongoing effort to provide our members with the biggest, boldest, and baddest ties out there, we are proud to announce the addition of Duchamp to our Collection.

Named after the French surreal artist Marcel Duchamp, the British brand is celebrating its 24th anniversary in 2013.  With a network of small, family owned mill and manufacturers in the UK, they offer a full range of menswear, from dapper suits, blazers, waistcoats and shirts, to accessories like ties, bow ties, cufflinks, belts, and bags.

Sold in high-end retailers such as Barney’s, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale’s (for $140), a Duchamp tie is often recognizable without even seeing a label.  Crafted from the finest silk, Duchamp ties often use vivid and bold colors and patterns.

To see these new additions, as well as the rest of the Collection, click here.

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Tuxedo: Rent or Buy?

If your calendar looks anything like ours, you’ll be attending a wedding. Maybe you’ll attend as a guest, groomsman, or maybe you’re the lucky man getting hitched! Despite the excitement of weddings, what the hell are you supposed to wear? It’s time to answer the age old question:“To rent or buy a tux?”

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Some of our favorite rental companies: The Black Tux or My Tuxedo Catalog

Affordable Custom Tuxedo to purchase: Black Lapel

And of course, whichever route you go for your tuxedo, get some stand-out formal accessories from FreshNeck.

Looking Fly in a Skinny Tie

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As often happens in the fashion industry, trends come, go and come again. This season, skinny ties are in for men’s fashion. Originally popularized in the late 60’s, skinny ties have made a sleek and modern comeback in men’s fashion. It’s also an ideal way to achieve that #newcasual look. Incorporating a skinny tie into your every-day wardrobe will have you turning heads. For those of you new to skinny ties, fear not, below are some tips on how to pull off the look.

A skinny tie often ranges anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 inches wide and the traditional 57 inches long. Given those dimensions, you want your outfit to have a slim look. Often it is best to wear a fitted dress shirt of a solid color or a solid skinny tie on a patterned shirt. Also be sure that your jacket lapels are not too much wider than your tie.

Skinny patterned tie with a solid slim button up.

Skinny patterned tie with a solid slim button up.

Every element of your attire should be in proportion. Given that bit of information, skinny ties aren’t for everyone. If you are a man with a stockier build, the skinny tie look may not be your style. Similarly, you will also want to avoid large, boxy suit and sports jackets. For a #newcasual look, do not tie your skinny tie all the way to the top, leaving it a bit loose gives off a modern, hip look that goes great with a nice pair of slim jeans.

As far as tie length goes, you want to avoid having your tie fall too far above or below your belt. Generally your tie should fall no more than 1 inch below or 3 inches above your belt line. Tying your skinny tie is a no-brainer as well. You want to stick to a slim knot generally. A popular knot for skinny ties is known as the “four-in-hand” knot. Lastly, don’t forget the tie bar! Nothing screams class more than a skinny tie paired with a nice, shiny, tie bar. Just remember your tie bar should never be wider than your tie. We’ve got some great tie bar’s that you can check out by DiBi.

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DiBi Tie Bars

FreshNeck is your one stop shop for skinny tie fashion. We offer the biggest names in skinny tie fashion including J. Crew, Ben Sherman, DiBi, and Imani Uomo. Styles and trends come and go. If you were to go out now and spend hundreds on skinny ties, they may be sitting in the back of your closet a few months from now. Best of all, with FreshNeck you can play the skinny trend and exchange your ties for something new when they’re no longer “in”. ­

Father Knows Best

 

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Father’s Day is about more than giving gifts, but also about appreciating the values that the Old Man has passed down.   We may not have realized it at the time, but here’s what we learned from our fathers…

1.  Invest wisely.

Screen Shot 2013-06-03 at 11.26.15 AMMy dad taught me that clothing doesn’t have to be expensive, but should be of high-quality, and that the two don’t always come together. I remember him leaving at crazy hours on Black Friday to go shopping and questioned why he would do that.  But after he came home with a Gucci blazer for $200, I stopped doubting his bargain-hunting abilities (and stole that blazer a few years later).

2.  Make a subtle statement.

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 {While this bow tie, shirt and jacket could serve as statement pieces on their own, when put together they are visually distracting.}

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{A bold piece like this bow tie completes this polished look.}

Find one bold accessory to transform something classic into something unique.  When picking out your outfit, avoid mixing too many patterns and prints, as it tends to come off as trying too hard.  Instead, utilize one “statement piece” to to center your outfit around.

3. Confidence is key.

tumblr_mnjcr2vBfk1ryp639o1_1280Dad used to say, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”.  You never know who you will come across at any time in life, and you want to be prepared.  Our clothes are the first impression we give to onlookers.  Choose clothes that build a positive self-image for the person you aspire to be.  Clothes don’t make the man, the man makes the clothes.


Although Dad’s style choices at the time may have seemed questionable, he was trying to show me how to express myself through what I wear.  Whether that’s purchasing a designer suit or casual pants, it’s important to dress with confidence and showcase your style.

Father’s Day is the time to show your Pop appreciation for all he’s done for you.  Give him the gift of style with a monthly subscription to FreshNeck.

 Tell us a funny story about your dad’s closet….

 

 

 

Dapper Derby Recap

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On May 4th, for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, FreshNeck came together with other awesome companies to throw a Dapper Derby party.  The who’s who of the NYC social scene came out to the Dream Hotel’s Ava Lounge, dressed to the nines in seersucker, pastel-colored suits, frilly dresses, and of course, crazy hats! Together, they turned “the most exciting two minutes in sports” into an all-day affair, dancing to Electric Gentlemen’s electro-swing mix and drinking the custom cocktail, “Electric Julep.”

Highlighting the high-profile event was none other than Caesar the Horse holding down the red carpet.  CaesarTheHorseSpecial thanks to Dapper Derby participants and sponsors, including Everett Clothing, Electric Gentlemen, and Suspender Boys.

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FreshNeck sponsors Running Late with Scott Rogowsky

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Running Late With Scott Rogowsky

FreshNeck is proud to be a sponsor for late night talk show “Running Late with Scott Rogowsky.” FreshNeck joins Alabaster & Chess in providing the clothing for Scott and the show.

For those unfamiliar with RLWSR, it is a traditional Late Night talk show hosted bi-monthly at the Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo (that’s in Brooklyn).

Join FreshNeck, and the entire RLWSR crew tomorrow night, when guests will include Shark Tank’s Daymond John, comedian Gilbert Gottfried, Fat Jew, and internet-rapper Awkwafina. Tickets available here.

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“Netflix For Ties” – Choose. Wear. Exchange.

A very simple way to understand our revolutionary service:

Netflix For TiesTo learn more about How It Works, click here.

To see the insanely diverse Collection, featuring brands such as Hermes, Brioni, Kiton, Prada, Gucci, Versace, Brooks Brothers, Vineyard Vines, and more, click here.