elmo's neckties - which is the best?

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photos of each subcategory to follow; entries in each photo are A, B, or C (left to right).

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Formal A 2
Stripe A 2
Other B 1
Other A 1
Seersucker A 1
Dots B 1
Floral C 1
Floral B 1
Floral A 1
Stripe C 1
Formal B 1
Paisley C 0
Bow B 0
Bow A 0
Skinny C 0
Skinny B 0
Skinny A 0
Other C 0
Formal C 0
Seersucker C 0
Seersucker B 0
Stripe B 0
Dots C 0
Dots A 0
Paisley A 0
Paisley B 0
Bow C 0


there is no there there (elmo argonaut), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 00:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

wait to vote until all pictures are up!

there is no there there (elmo argonaut), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 00:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

^^ Floral.

there is no there there (elmo argonaut), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 00:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

there! that's all of them.

there is no there there (elmo argonaut), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 00:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

Stripe A but i like dots b a lot too.

jed_, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 13:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

was pleasantly surprised i was able to break the ties down into categories like this -- admittedly there is one necktie not pictured but it is a novelty naragansett beer tie that is spattered in fake blood

there is no there there (elmo argonaut), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 13:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

feelin formal a; dig also floral a/c, dots b/c

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 14:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

what should the winning necktie recieve, as a prize?

there is no there there (elmo argonaut), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 15:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

floral c, also really like skinny striped ties (skinny b)

velko, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 18:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

stipe b or formal c

Hillary had Everest in his veins (sunny successor), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 18:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

it kind of depends but i really like floral a

she looked like blanka from sfII but chubbier (Lamp), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 18:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah i mean this definitely depends on the shirt and the occasion etc etc but go for whatever catches yr eye i guess

there is no there there (elmo argonaut), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 18:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

trying to imagine the # of tie+shirt permutations

there is no there there (elmo argonaut), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 18:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 30 August 2009 23:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 31 August 2009 23:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

stripe 2 is pretty fantastic

Hillary had Everest in his veins (sunny successor), Tuesday, 1 September 2009 00:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

skinny got robbed

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 1 September 2009 00:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

yeah so i have definitely improved upon my collection since this poll -- today i snapped up vintage burberry & a zegna, last week i got a vintage j press, 60s countess mara, & a really gorgeous emilio ricci. never paying more than $4, sometimes as little as $.50. plus all sorts of old brooks bros & plaid wool guys. kinda getting out of hand; might take it to eBay & make a little cash?

tangelo amour (elmo argonaut), Saturday, 26 February 2011 22:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

i bought 28 ties today.

good lord.

what has happened to me?

elmo argonaut, Saturday, 24 September 2011 21:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

that's a lot of ties

markers, Saturday, 24 September 2011 21:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

this poll is so laughable to me know. there was a time when i owned 27 ties!? ridiculous! that is not nearly enough ties.

elmo argonaut, Saturday, 24 September 2011 21:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

now*

elmo argonaut, Saturday, 24 September 2011 21:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

pics plz

I agree though I have to exercise extreme self restraint whenever I go to a thrift store

dayo, Saturday, 24 September 2011 22:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

floral b is lovely

corey, Saturday, 24 September 2011 22:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

i don't own it anymore! it is gone. i have many other florals tho. awesome ones.

elmo argonaut, Saturday, 24 September 2011 23:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

am following yr tumblr, elmo, & v much like your ties. i am not especially style conscious but the clear disparity between how appealing woollen ties are, & how just kinda shiny & unappealing i find regular ties, has always baffled me. your collection is exemplary. i know you have some shinies also but they are at the neat end of the shiny tie spectrum.

347.239.9791 stench hotline (schlump), Saturday, 24 September 2011 23:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

thanking u, schlump! i totally agree -- there are nice silk ties to be had out there and ymmv but silks like foulard, jacquard, and (ugh) satin are totally off putting to me -- at worst they just come off as shiny & cheap & tacky. i defintely prefer a matte tie to a shiny one, but that's probably because i don't have much use for formal / evening wear in general. i am big on the idea of the casual tie, and casual fabrics by extension.

elmo argonaut, Saturday, 24 September 2011 23:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

as for wools, oh man, i picked up two amazing pendleton wool ties today, one black watch plaid and one a grey/navy/red plaid. they are super, super thick, practically blanket-weight. crazy.

elmo argonaut, Saturday, 24 September 2011 23:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

which reminds me, i got to a shop in town yesterday and checked out some of the new F/W line from The Hill-Side and it's all pretty great, they have some gnarly striped wool-blend blanket ties and sick discharge prints on cotton. i want to work for that company so goddamn bad.

elmo argonaut, Saturday, 24 September 2011 23:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

i defintely prefer a matte tie to a shiny one, but that's probably because i don't have much use for formal / evening wear in general. i am big on the idea of the casual tie, and casual fabrics by extension.

for real! i like wearing a tie because it sorta threads everything else together, & offsets the various deficiencies (consistent in my appearance) elsewhere; so my shoes are a little beat up and my shirt is untucked but a tie almost works as a symbol, i think, of presentation, of communicating that you're trying to be smart. & solid (non-reflective) colour is good, uh huh. i have some 'calzeat' wool ties from scotland that i love. & a long story that it is not worth going into about how my doorman stole my favourite tie.

tie widths is another thing; i always wish mine were slightly narrower than they are (like regular width), but without going all the way & being skinny.

347.239.9791 stench hotline (schlump), Sunday, 25 September 2011 00:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

like i guess just skinnier at the top

347.239.9791 stench hotline (schlump), Sunday, 25 September 2011 00:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

elmo,

what are your rules about knots? fatty knots for fat ties? four in hands for skinny ones? what do you do if a tie doesn't taper and is all one width? different knots for different materials?

ty!

dayo, Thursday, 27 October 2011 16:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

hey dude! sorry for so late of a reply.

my only rule is, if the knot looks wrong, try a different knot

elmo argonaut, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 21:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

i generally use only a few different types of knots -- simple, four in hand, 1/2 windsor, sometimes a pratt knot

http://www.tcm.phy.cam.ac.uk/~tmf20/tieknots.shtml

elmo argonaut, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 21:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

it may be counterintuitive, but for skinny ties I tend to go with a slightly larger knot, so the knot is substantial enough to fill the space between the collar points. conversely, wider ties can handle a simpler, smaller knot, so the knot isn't too big relative to your face.

ties that are made of thicker material, like wool or old polyester ties, tend to look best with a small knot, i think -- if you try for a larger knot it might look more like a weird knobby lump than a proper knot

elmo argonaut, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 21:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

ah ok that makes sense. haven't learned a pratt knot!

I associate half and full windsors with those godawful wide ties that businesspeople wear - but it makes sense that they are better for skinny ties, you definitely need a more substantive knot.

ASPIE Rocky (dayo), Friday, 4 November 2011 11:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

elmo, after dropping off my goodwill donations the other day, I made both of my kids get out of the car with me. "Daddy wants to see if he can find some cool ties from long ago" I told my son. In my mind, I added "...just like elmo argonaut." Alas, there were only a handful of ties there and they were all pure garbage! "That place smelled," my son said.

It was a disappointing start to my search. I still think I can do this though. Don't want to pay $20 on ebay or whatever.

rustic italian flatbread, Friday, 4 November 2011 12:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

haha, that's awesome! but yeah, thrift shopping is really hit or miss, i often make a trip to the store without buying any ties or anything at all. i think the thing is to explore as many thrift & charity shops as you can in your local area and go back periodically. i not quite to the point where i know the restocking schedule at the local salvation army but i'm getting there

elmo argonaut, Friday, 4 November 2011 13:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

elmo did you know about the world's international necktie city of the 21st century

http://info.hktdc.com/imn/03090401/fashionacc013.htm

ASPIE Rocky (dayo), Saturday, 5 November 2011 13:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

i made a necktie, and it turned out pretty ok! whaddaya know

a ridiculous clusterfuck of totally uncool jokers (elmo argonaut), Wednesday, 15 May 2013 15:53 (five years ago) Permalink


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