HOW TO TIE A TIE: December 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Turn Up The Heat - The Best Men's Jackets And Coats This Winter

Typically, January is freezing, dark, wet and boring; but there is one good thing that cheers up this time of year - January sales! It's the perfect opportunity to grab some farraginous pieces to work next season's look around, and to keep you warm as it always seems a long time before spring comes around.

A new winter coat is a fantastic investment that you'll never regret in this climate, especially if you're lucky enough to find one in the sales. So if you didn't get the one you were after for Christmas, now's the time to treat yourself and there are loads of great options to choose from this season. Lightweight and shower proof, belted trench coats and macs are all over this season in muted tones of cream, grey and tan, and even metallic white which will give your look a snappy, futuristic twist. A good look is to keep the coat plain, but add a checked keffiyeh or patterned scarf - classy fringed silk scarves in paisley and prints are set to make a comeback as Versace used them at the recent Milano Fashion Week, and they're surprisingly warm, as well as the fact girls love them! You'll be able to keep wearing a trench coat well into spring, and then wear it with big aviator sunglasses for that essential '70s detective look - very cool.

The rocker look - black leather jackets teamed with skinny white t-shirts and black jeans - is still going strong and leather biker and bomber jackets continue to rock the catwalks, with the constant trend setter David Beckham out and about in a multi-pocketed pilot number. Another choice for this trend is the plain blazer, which effortlessly bridges the smart-casual divide when worn with a t-shirt and skinny scarf. You can even pin badges onto one lapel, which you may recall was the height of cool when you were about sixteen and still in high school - mod bands like Maximo Park, and TV star Russell Brand are to thank for bringing that one back onto the fashion radar. Wear with pointy Chelsea boots, classic wingtips or brogues.

A For a more casual look next spring, lightweight nylon jackets and hoodies covered with bold, geometric patterns, angular lines and checks will be hot stuff. These are slightly reminiscent of early 90s styles, and on the same note bright, neon orange and yellow details - like piping, zips, or shoe laces - should be massive too. Shiny, futuristic fabrics including silver and gold are starting to funk up jackets, shoes and more; but remember not to go too far with this trend. One silver accent in an otherwise conservative outfit will bring your look bang up to date; a silver jacket with silver shoes, white jeans and a metallic scarf will just make you look a bit like the singer from Babylon Zoo.

Alternatively, if you're feeling indecisive and the dazzling variety of men's winter jackets out there is just too much, you can never go wrong with a classic, structured wool overcoat. Double-breasted, army and navy-style pea coats are brilliant, flattering and very warm. Alternatively, there's the timeless, tailored, single-breasted style which should be a staple in every man's wardrobe. Don't think of it as your dad's wool coat, it's channeling James Dean in that unforgettable portrait in Times Square in the rain.

Andrew Regan is an online, freelance author from Scotland. He is a keen rugby player and enjoys traveling.

Fashion News - What's Trendy in 2008

A fashion conscious person never misses the fashion trends for the year to come. If you are already reading this article, this means that you are interested in what to wear in 2008. Do you like the fashion of the fifties? Well, you should, because it will come back in 2008 and that entire craze will be in style again. As a matter of fact, this trend of the 50s comeback has already started before 2008, so you are at least a bit familiar with the concept.

First things first: the spring summer fashion for 2008 will contain a lot of interesting models that clearly reminds us of the 50s. Baggy dresses below the knee for day wear or vaporous dresses for evening that will make the fashion in 2008. The trousers will be in fashion as well, and mini trousers may be worn as well. Capri trousers are still in style and may be worn with extra large sweaters. However, there is a trend that will mix styles, so sporty style will mix with the chic and there will be an ethno mix, which will result in some interesting combinations. The urban style will thus be a functional wardrobe with sporty details. This highly unlikely combination that comes as a surprise is like a breathe of fresh air.

The colors that are dominant for the style for 2008's spring and summer are the grey, black, white plus yellow. This color is a problematic color that does not suit with everything, so it must be worn with great care. However, next year, dare to wear yellow and see how it looks. The prints on the dresses or blouses can be floral, but they will become more abstract and even geometric or will totally lack. So uni is back in style. The accessories will match the outfit. The oversized bags are still in style, while the super huge earrings and necklaces will compliment the overall clothing.

The jewels may be made of plastic or more natural materials such as wood or even clay. These can be ethno influenced and create a great effect on the entire apparel, making the body look small and giving an interesting perspective. So, are you ready for spring and the summer of 2008? Get your wardrobe ready for this year's style and buy some great new trendy apparel online or in the stores that you usually visit. Now you know what to hunt for, just go and get them.

Michael Rad - EzineArticles Expert Author

Uggs - More Then Just A Trend

For the last four years, a new fashion trend has been sweeping the nation. Some have embraced it while others are amazed and confused by its success. This fashion trend is known as the Ugg boot. Although somewhat unconventional in appearance, Uggs has gained a huge following among all social groups and ages. Besides the fact that they are extremely trendy, it’s their incredible ability to keep feet warm in the bitterest cold of conditions who makes these boots so popular.

The Ugg boot is made with sheepskin instead of regular leather which helps you stay cool in the summer and keeps you warm and snug in the winter making it the perfect boot to wear in all seasons. If sheepskin is not your style, then fear not for the Ugg boot also has varieties that are made from leather and suede as well, from casual to cowboy styles. It also has a design that is meant for the more feminine women with a fleece on the outside of the boot.

But Uggs is more than just sheepskin boots; it has casual shoes, slippers as well as handbags and other accessories. Ugg casual shoes are comfortable, stylish, and great to wear in any occasion. Ugg slippers are warm and comforting and great to wear to bed or just sitting on the couch. Ugg also offers a full line of high-quality handbags and backpacks to match your Uggs. Ugg handbags and backpacks are made from high-quality leather and suede just like their boots and feature a comfortable and fashionable cotton web strap for convenience and style. A pair of Ugg boots, a matching Ugg handbag or backpack, and a pair of jeans is the perfect outfit for any casual event. With it, you will feel comfortable, look trendy, and be the envy of everyone around you.

Silk Tie

Dress for Success -

A professional look promotes credibility, respect, and ultimately, success.

A tie is a great finishing piece. It’s an accessory that, for lack of a better term, ties a suit together. Ties have been a part of a well dressed man’s wardrobe for over 350 years.

Hakashi is a synonym for Handsome and Catchy.

To enhance masculine beauty Silk Tie is not merely a clothing but it is a designer cosmetic.

You know the old proverb “ There is no ugly man in the world, but there are men who do not know how to look handsome. Silk Ties enhances the handsomeness of the young as well as of experienced, fresh and seasoned people.

Chances are you already know the conventional wisdom when it comes to dressing for interviews. Wear a suit with a silk tie right?

For men a suit in a dark neutral color, a white or blue dress shirt and a silk tie in a conservative pattern should do just fine for most interviews. Stick to natural fabrics like wool and cotton.

Depending on what kind of position you are seeking, the industry you’re searching in and the personality statement you want to make, you’ll have to decide how to best express yourself through your ties.

How to Iron a Tie

Ties wrinkle primarily when they are knotted and need occasional ironing.


1. Check tags on tie for information about fabric type.

2. Plug in Iron and set temperature dial accordingly. Many ties are made of silk or polyster blends and will need a cool setting . Wool ties need a medium setting and cottons can take a fairly high temperature.

3. Place tie lengthwise on ironing board with back of tie facing up.

4. Place a cotton cloth flat over area to be ironed and carefully iron your tie.

5. Iron bottom to top in small portions from the edges inward to avoid creasing.

6. Lift cover cloth periodically to check progress.

7. Turn tie face up and Iron, taking care not to leave the iron in any one spot for too long.

8. Hang tie immediately so that it cools with wrinkling.


: The cover cloth keeps your tie from scorching, sticking, discoloring or getting shiny.

Avoid spot cleaning your tie just before ironing. Any damp spots will become permanent stains if you Iron them.

Here are some tips to choose the perfect colour:

The main colour of a patterned tie should complement your suit and the secondary colour should pick up your shirt, in case you're wearing a suit.

The texture of the tie should go with your outfit, for instance a shiny silk tie should go with a shiny silk shirt and a wool tie should be worn with a wool suit.

Your tie should be darker than the colour of your shirt.

Fabrics that'll flatter:

Though silk is the universal favourite, recent trends show that satin, polyester and cotton-blended fabrics are becoming the new favourites.

However, experts swear that the best material for ties is either silk or a polyester and silk blend.

Caring for your tie:

Always unknot your tie when you are not wearing it, leaving it knotted can damage the tie and cause create permanent wrinkles. This allows the silk fibres to recover.

Always hang your tie when not in use. This will allow heavy creases to drop out naturally.

For grease stains on a tie, apply cornstarch and leave overnight.

Tie shopping tips:

• Select an appropriate length and width. That depends on your body size and fashion trends too!

• Try not to buy on sight alone. Touch the tie. Feel it! If you don’t like the feel, you won’t wear it!

• Remember to check the inside of the tie. The inside should be lined with a stiff material so the tie will keep its shape no matter what!

Mr. Harish Rathi is the Director of KPR Silks Ltd and he can be reachable via


Men's Fashion Advice for Trends to Avoid at all Costs

Let's face facts here. When it comes to picking out the best clothes to wear, men are considered, and rightly so, to be less fashion-conscious of the two sexes. Now for the good news, that is starting to change with more fashion designers showing off all new designs and collections on their runways. It doesn't hurt that men are beginning to realize that looking good doesn't exactly hurt their chances with women or their careers either.

Unfortunately for some guys, fashion is something that happens to other people. Expecting a guy who less than marginable fashion sense to know why a Hawaiian shirt is the best thing to wear to a job interview or a high school reunion is likely to end in disappointment and probably a few more than embarrassing looks and stares.

So, for the benefit of bad dressing guys reading this, here are a few of the most basic of mistakes guys make when entering the frightening sphere of fashion.

  • Sandals with socks - Stay away from this fashion no-no at all costs. It is an all together fashion mess. No women will find you attractive. You'll begin to notice that your friends call you less and less and strangers won't even want to stand near you with this foot fashion faux paus. If your love for sandals is this strong then move somewhere warm that you can wear sandals year round.
  • Novelty Ties, shirts, or boxers - This is another fashion mess that men just don't seem to notice or maybe not care. Why would you sacrifice your dignity for the sake of making someone laugh from a "funny t-shirt"? It isn't worth it, in my opinion. I would much rather be known for being stylish and a good dresser than the guy who wears shirts with funny sayings on them. So with that, throw out all those clothes with smiley faces, hearts, reindeer, shamrocks, and animal prints and buy something nice.
  • Shiny shirts and suits - Come on...for real? Unless you are going to be a backup dancer in a musical then there should be no reason why you should even own a shiny shirt or suit much less wear one out in public. I can think of about a hundred different fashion choices you could go to the club in than a glittery, shiny and REALLY tacky shirt. What's wrong with a simple form fitting black t-shirt or black dress shirt? Pair it up with some nice jeans or trousers and you'll have no problem being noticed in a good way.
  • Ugly colors - You can look like Brad Pitt with the fashion sense of a George Clooney but if you're wearing some ugly colored clothes no one will care who you look like. That great looking new suit you bought for you Christmas party this year may have been expensive but if it makes you look like one of the staff or something from the 70's, then I'm sorry but you paid too much. The color of your clothes needs to compliment your best natural features like eye color, skin tone and body shape.
  • Overly loose fitting clothes - Clothes that are really loose or baggy make you look sloppy and like a bum. Unless you rap or own your own hip hop label, which you probably don't, then you need to stay away from this fashion mistake. Instead buy clothes that actually fit you. You've been working out so why not buy some clothes that show it off. Try experimenting mixing and matching certain cuts and styles until you comes across the perfect fit and look.

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