Clarifying Mens Fashion Quality Details on Mens Ties
To appreciate the details on mens ties allows the recognition and justification of the quality of a well-made tie. Actually there are very few men out there who really know about these details. Craftmanship is the determining factor for any well-made neckties. Systematically, we will go through the details on mens ties starting from the fabric and then to the all the inconspicuous detailing behind the tie.
Whenever we look at a necktie's fabric, we should take special attention to the weight, texture, and feel of the tie's fabrics which is termed as the "hand".
A beautiful fuller hand of the fabric is one of the most important details on mens ties. It is the basis of making mens ties look attractive.
Undeniably, silk or even silk blends are the fabric of choice because of its smooth touch and its luxurious sheen.
It has great matching capability against mens dress shirts and mens suits to bring out the best of the overall look.
Good quality silk ties should always feel smooth to the touch. If there is a rough touch to it would mean it is made from inferior silk.
On the other hand, for woven silk ties with a full hand would involve a thick weave and this is likely to create a slightly coarser texture for the silk. Printed and solid colored ties are likely to have a silkier hand compared to woven ties.
Besides being smooth, good quality silk ties are lithe because stiff silk fabrics are usually signs of multiple dying. This makes the ties less likely to have a nice drape down. It can also begin to fray over time at the ends.
The reason for full hand fabric details on mens ties is to make it strong and firm in order to sustain the tension made when knotting it.
Instead, for those lower quality mens ties with poor hand will start to waver and go out of shape over time.
Fabric with a rich hand will also allow larger knots to be made to fill the gap between the dress shirts' collar points. It holds the knot firmly as well without it sliding down.
Most of the well-made ties are constructed with three pieces of silk fabrics. Let us define the three-pieces of silk: the apron (the wide front piece), the neckband (center portion piece), and lastly, the backpiece (narrow end of the tie).
The three-piece, not two, allows the mens ties to drape nicely and conform to the neck.
Width and Length
Out of all the details of mens ties, the width has made the most significant changes along with trends.
The 1950s we have seen much narrower and thinner ties compared to the thicker and wider neckties in the 1960s.
Classic mens ties generally have a width of about 2 ? to 3 1/2 inches. This width meets in proportion to most the men's body size and shapes and having such a balance is important.
It is good to note that wider mens ties will generally mean a bigger knot when ties. So there would be difficulty tying those thinner knots and vice versa for thin neckties for tying thicker knots.
So choosing the right dress shirts collars for such trendy width neckties is important.
Straight point and tab collars for dress shirts would definitely fit those thinner ties better. Forget about those spread collars because the small knots made by thinner ties would be able to cover up the gap between the collar points.
Generally, we will find ties with length from 52 to 58 inches. As a rule of thumb, mens ties should have length with tips ending at the belt's upper edge. Anything longer than that will definitely make men look short-waisted and clowny.
The right length details of mens ties boils down to the height of the men. For taller men, special length ties are less available commercially but can still be found here.
This is the inside fabric which the outside fabric of the tie is sewn onto. It is not easily noticeable unless you unfold the apron at the back of the tie and look feel within.
The lining details in this era are fundamentally creating the fullness in mens ties compared to traditional ones where they relied on several folds of the silk.
Make sure that lining runs throughout the neckband of the ties, otherwise there will not be consistency in the finishing look of the tie.
The lining details on mens ties are the pillars holding up the shape. Majority of mens ties have the lining made from wool. Lighter and finer silk ties usually have heavier wool lining to give more weighting and body to the tie.
While the thicker or heavy weaved silk ties have lighter lining requirements. In order to judge the weight of the lining, just take note the number of stripes, the more the stripes means heavier the lining.
It is important to differentiate whether it is the heavy silk fabric providing the fullness in hand or was it the lining that made the overall heavy finish.
Quality details on mens ties should always be base on the outer silk fabric giving the fullness and never the lining.
Just a note, there are some summer ties where there are no lining inside. So these mens ties looks a lot skimpier and skinnier than the usual silk ties.
Fabrics details on mens ties have to be cut at a 45-degree angle bias. This bias cut is a quality assurance that keeps the fabric from twisting after tying the knot. The mens tie should always fall straight down flat.
There should not be any case of twisting when the tie is held up, otherwise then it means there is no bias cut being made and definitely not a tie worth buying.
High quality details on mens ties from the outside fabric, lining, and tipping are all involved in the bias cut.
This is a small thread stitched across the back of mens ties to that joins the main seam of the two folded portions. It provides reinforcement for mens ties at this point and maintains the shape of the tie.
There should be 2 bar tacks one on each end of the tie. Check to make sure that the threading is tightly twisted to strengthen the bonding. It should not in any case become loose.
One of the most inconspicuous details on mens ties, the slipstitch is actually a loose long black thread that is sews the shell and blanket of the tie to provide elasticity and recovery.
It is meant to make mens ties movable from one end to the other and not break at the seam.
When tying the tie tightly, the slipstitch allows the tie to drape properly and not break apart.
It also helps the tie to get back in shape upon removal by simply pulling the slipstitch. This unique threading can be found inside the ?V? spread within when opening the apron.
This is the most prominent details on mens ties at the back meant for sliding the back piece of the tie.
Generally most loops are made with the label printed or sewn on it. However, well-made mens ties have an additional loop that is made from the same fabric as the tie.
High quality loops are actually hand-sewn to give is a sturdy finishing. To recognize hand stitched loop we focus on stitching at the four corners of the loop to the shell. Machine sewn ones usually have the loop sewn vertically along the edges of the loop.
The most visible fabric details on mens ties at the opening end of the back apron. This is usually made of fabric with similar patterns to the tie or of a matching shade as the tie.
There are some ties that use interesting contrast for the tipping against the color or pattern of the tie itself as an ornamental presentation.
Good quality mens ties have the tipping made of silk but there are many commercial neckties made with synthetic fabrics.
There are designers that print their label on the silk tipping to represent ownership for the particular silk pattern.
Learn about skiing: techniques, equipment and instruction
If you've never set foot in skis before, this article will instruct you on the basics of putting on your equipment, getting on and off the ski lift, and going down the mountain for the first time.
It's a cold winter day and here you are standing on top of a steep snow covered hill with nothing but a pair of thin boards on your feet. Relax you're going to be just fine, in fact you might even enjoy yourself. So take a deep breath and let's start to ski.
By now you've got your equipment, you must have asked the teenager in the red and blue jester's hat in the ski-shop before you got on the ski-lift to face your doom, but for those just joining us lets take a look at exactly what you should be wearing. You will need a pair of well fitting ski-boots. They come in a variety of colors and sizes and are available at your local sporting goods store. Some boots are heat fitted to specially mold to your feet. Next you'll need skis. Skis are typically long and straight. Some skis are curved at the ends. Most modern skis have a contraption in the center that hooks on to your boots. Use your pole or lean on someone's shoulder and step toe first into the contraption. When you have placed your toe under the bar, next apply pressure to the center of your foot. It should click into place. Lift your foot up, and if the ski comes with it, you did this correctly. Repeat with the other foot.
Now considering it is winter, and this is a snowy mountain side, we'll assume you've dressed warmly for the occasion. It's best to dress in layers. Start with long-johns which is what my grandfather called flannel underwear, then maybe a tee-shirt, jeans, a sweater, etc. The key is to have many thin layers so you can strip them off one by one if you get too warm. Some skiers prefer not to wear cotton and opt for flannel, wool, and fleece because cotton absorbs a lot of water, and this is not good when you're trying to stay warm. This is especially important when it comes to your socks. Wear at least two pairs and bring an extra two. Nothing can spoil a fun day of skiing like a pair of wet socks! On top of your bottom layers you'll need a warm winter coat and ski-pants - preferably made of nylon, or some water resistant fabric. Make sure you tuck your regular pants into the boot, but let your ski pants hang over. This will help to prevent wet socks. It's also best to tuck your mittens and scarf in tightly as well. Every now and then in skiing you do fall, and what you going to fall in? Cold wet stuff! It's best to keep it outside your clothes, trust me you'll be much happier.
Okay speaking of mittens, you'll need a pair. Some people prefer gloves, but I know from personal experience that mittens keep your hands alot warmer. Your fingers' body heat works together to keep them all warm, gloves separate your fingers depriving them of that natural source of warmth. You're also going to want a neck warmer or a scarf. I prefer a neck warmer, because there not as easy to loose, and you can pull it up over the bottom of your face to protect it from the cold blasts of wind that often meet you when you get up off the ski-lift really far up. Also you will need a hat, or ear warmers. Your ears are extra prone to these cold blasts, and they will be ringing and stinging if you don't cover them up.
So let's see ? you're dressed warmly in layers, you've got your hat, mittens, neck warmer, ski boots and skis?I'd say your ready to go. The easiest way to move around on flat ground is to walk in your ski boots and wait until you're close to the lift to put on your skis. Otherwise you can use your ski sticks to push yourself forward.
The key to not getting run over by the ski lift chair is to all about timing. Wait for the chair above you to leave the launch spot. There should be some kind of line indicating where you should stand, then quickly move to this line and look over your shoulder, when the chair is just about to hit the back of your thighs, sit down. Wait until you have cleared the launch area to pull down the safety bar. While riding on the lift hold tight to your possessions and refrain from sticking your wet tongue on the cold metal bars of the lift as it will get stuck.
Getting off the lift without getting run over is indeed an art. Pull the safety bar off well before you reach the landing spot. Slide your butt to the edge of the seat and bend your legs at the knees. As soon as you feel your skis touch ground, STAND UP, keep your knees bent and point your toes together. This is called the snow plow position. It will slow you down. Be sure to glide out of the way of the landing spot, because, if you don't you can be hit by the next lift.
Now this is where we saw you last, standing at the top of the hill, looking down and cringing. Again I tell you, relax - it will be fine. Resume the snow plow position. Make sure to bend your knees and hang your butt back like you're about to sit down. This position is called snow plow for a reason, if you slide a little way on your skis you'll find that by pointing your toes in it will slow you down.
This is your first time on the mountain so we're going to keep the first lesson simple, all you have to do is get from here, all the way to down to the bottom where your friends are standing with the video camera and those big grins on their faces?come on you can do it. Keep your toes together and make big zig-zags down the mountain. This is called a sloum. If you go all the way from one side of the trail to the other, you should find that your speed will be slow enough you won't loose control. If you find your self losing control relax and go with gravity. You'll find that you fall much more when you fight gravity. One of the most important lessons of skiing is trusting yourself. If you keep to this simple maneuver you'll gain balance and confidence and will be able to move on to lesson two in no time. Good luck and Relax!
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