If you’re heading to a wedding or maybe an extra fancy dinner date, it might be a good time to bring out the neck wear. Pairing a tie with any semi-casual outfit will bring it up a few notches and make it ready for any formal occasion. Here are my recommendations and styling tips for when you should wear a tie, bow tie, or cravat.
Ties are the most universally worn option, and they work well in many scenarios. You could wear a more casual tie with a button up and blazer if you’re going on a fancy date (skip neck wear altogether for casual dinner or lunch dates). Ties also look great and put together if you’re going to a more corporate interview or if your job requires you to look super polished and professional. If you are going for a more tailored look, choose a suit like those from formaltailor.com and consider adding a waistcoat under your blazer for a bit more style, or if it’s chilly and you need more layers.
Bow ties are also quite popular, and make a fun and interesting change from the more common tie. They look great in many different patterns, colours, and textures, but because of their slightly more relaxed look it’s best to pair them with plain colours rather than pin stripes or plaid. As far as events that you could easily wear a bow tie to, a more relaxed office setting is one. Perhaps a wedding if it’s a bit more traditional, or you could pull out a more patterned bow tie for a nice lunch date. Here are some great inspiration images of different types of outfits using bow ties as the accessory.
Otherwise known as an ascot, the cravat is a bit more of an unusual choice for neck wear. The cravat is tied to look like a large swatch of fabric that actually goes underneath the button-down shirt in most cases. They originated in the 1630s and fell out of favour for a while, before making a comeback in the mid-60s and 70s. This is a great option if you love to play with fashion and would like to wear something a bit more out-of-the-box. You can wear cravats if you want to make a big statement as a big piece of the fabric will show, so it’s a good time to bring out the cool patterns and designs that might get lost on a slimmer neck or bow tie. You can wear a cravat anytime that you’d wear an outfit that’s slightly more casual. Here’s a handy video guide about how to tie one!
There you have it! My tips and tricks about how and when to wear ties, bow ties, and cravats. If you haven’t taken the plunge and tried out some of these options, why not try one of them for your next formal or semi-formal occasion?
Now that I’m finally back to my pre pregnancy/pre Dylan pregnancy weight, I’ve been slowly updating my wardrobe. I was pregnant back to back and it felt like all I wore for years was maternity and nursing clothing.
First on my list to update — a new pair of black denim pants. Can I just say how much I love high rise jeans? Seriously, I don’t think I’ll ever wear anything else again. This pair by Tobi is my current favorite. It fits great and keeps everything in place. For a mom of 3 there isn’t anything better than style, coverage and comfort. These jeans have it all.
I cannot believe I’ve waited this long to own a trench coat! It’s such an iconic piece and a must have in every woman’s wardrobe. Available in black and camel, the Let It Rain trench coat is light weight and fits great. It’s the perfect piece to transition between seasons.
Light weight cardigans are a staple in my closet. This one by Static Kisses is super versatile and comfortable. You can pair them with anything from yoga pants to jeans, skirts and dresses — I’ve already done it. Yes, it’s been on heavy rotation since it arrived. And guess what? It’s currently 50% off. Go ahead, order both colors — trust me, you won’t regret it!
The second I saw this midi dress I fell in love. It’s soft, relaxed silhouette features draped cowl arm holes that make this stretchy knit midi dress a super sexy dress. I recently wore it to a date night with Brad and plan on wear it again to a wedding next month. It’s currently on sale for less than $20 — at that price, you’ll want to order it in both black and grey.
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And just like that, we are 3 months away from the end of the year. Crazy, huh? This month’s WISH LIST is dedicated to fall shoes. From booties to pumps, sneakers and flats, what ever your favorite it style is, we’ve got you covered this season!
Carpets getting cleaned and toddler bed being moved out. Lucía has been sharing a room with us (in her crib) until we felt Dylan was ready to move into Jack’s room. He’s there now and Lucia can finally move into her nursery. I can’t wait until it’s all put together and share a new version of my favorite room in my home. Stay tuned! In the meantime, here are some images of our progress.