Bow Ties - A New AD for Me

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Just an aside, if there was a guy who's never worn one, and doesn't know a single acquaintance who has, how would the guy learn how to tie the thing properly? Would this be a you tube source?
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Chris, there is a service that can take the ties and make them into bow ties, and was wondering if you had known that. I read about it at askandyaboutclothes.com. I have some Talbott ties that are 4 inches and look too wide compared to what is being sold, and for a couple of them, am wondering if they can cut them down into 3.5 inch ties.
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brothers wrote:Just an aside, if there was a guy who's never worn one, and doesn't know a single acquaintance who has, how would the guy learn how to tie the thing properly? Would this be a you tube source?
Here you go http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=how ... FORM=VIRE2
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Gary, there are also apps in both apple and andoid markets.....the wonderfulness of living in the 21st century :D

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I can't lose the mental image of Helen Mirren wearing only a bow tie.
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Squire, you are sick. Get help before you embarrass us all!

brothers, I've spent a few minutes reviewing YouTube offerings and I think this is the best.

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You DO know Helen Mirren is a great looking sixty-something, Chris? Squire may be "ill", but he has a point there, and I suspect his thoughts keep him young. :twisted:
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Got to agree with you James, once a 10 always a 10.

Chris if this be madness I eschew normality.
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Thanks for the links, guys!
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brothers wrote:Just an aside, if there was a guy who's never worn one, and doesn't know a single acquaintance who has, how would the guy learn how to tie the thing properly? Would this be a you tube source?
This is the best one I found, but there are tons more available.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoUre0ugkmI
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brothers wrote:Just an aside, if there was a guy who's never worn one, and doesn't know a single acquaintance who has, how would the guy learn how to tie the thing properly? Would this be a you tube source?
Gary, after I bought my first bow tie from Brooks Brothers during their end of summer sale, one of the sales staff showed me how to tie it. It really helped having a live person there to show me, because it can be a little tricky for the first couple of times. If there is no BB around, go to any men's store that sells bow ties and they will probably be glad to help you especially if you buy one from them.
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I wish those YouTube videos had been around when I was learning to tie a bowtie. As easy as they make it look, it does require some practice. Don't wait until you are late for a formal wedding to try and learn! You'd better have a clip-on as backup! My formal tie is pretty thick and more difficult to work with than those shown in the video, especially threading the back loop through the knot. Don't make it too perfect or folks won't know you tied it yourself. The best part about tying your own black tie is late in the evening when you can untie it, loosen your collar, and let the tails hang free like Sinatra near the end of a live show. All the dudes with clip-ons will shrink back in envy!
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de gustibus non est disputandum
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I'm off to Toronto for two operas tomorrow, and I have with me two Thomas Pink bow ties. One is pink, and the other is dark blue with thin diagonal stripes in white and red. I'll wear them proudly in your honour!

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I picked up the bow tie bug about a year ago. Like Wendell, weight loss helped spur me on to take the plunge. Amazing how being 100 lbs. lighter not only encourages one to take more interest in one's appearance but also gives one the confidence to try new looks.

Anyway, I have found The Cordial Churchman a delightful resource for those inclined to spend dollars with an independent producer. The Timothy tie was, appropriately, my Father's Day gift this year. There are other bow ties in my collection that cost more and are objectively "nicer," but that one is my favorite.

As for learning to tie one, I taught myself just as I did when I learned to tie a necktie: I found a good diagram with directional arrows and clearly-written instructions, and then I practiced. This time around, instead of using my dad's Cub Scout manual, I utilized an online resource that I can't locate right now.

I expect the next several ties I buy or am gifted will add to my ever-growing bow tie collection. Now if only I had a job for which I might wear them.

At any rate, back to my cave...
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If you're looking for some fun and unique patterns, try http://www.peter-blair.com. I buy their regular neckties in the tall sizes. Great patterns and very well made. They're similar to Vineyard Vines, if you're familiar with that brand. Look for their sale items and Friday $10 specials. You won't find a better deal on quality neckwear.
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Tim! Very nice to see you out and about :D

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Jim, those are some eye opening colours!!

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drmoss_ca wrote:I'm off to Toronto for two operas tomorrow, and I have with me two Thomas Pink bow ties. One is pink, and the other is dark blue with thin diagonal stripes in white and red. I'll wear them proudly in your honour!

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Have a wonderful time, Chris. Hopefully you will take some pics and post them. )
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changabang wrote:You do not, Dr. Moss, look "dorky" in a bow tie. Now the other Chris, the one of "America's Test Kitchen" fame, he's a little dorky.

As an aside, you do not at all look as I imagined you would. Somehow I had this idea you would be a salt and pepper bearded version of your son.
It's always interesting to see what people look like after associating them with an online username. I can assure everyone I look exactly like Churchill, all the time. I don't leave the bedroom without a bowler and a cigar.
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