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Spot the Fashion Mistake | Carl Rove

Welcome to another installment of 'Can You Spot the Fashion Mistake'. Aaron Marino of alpha m. presents a picture of who he's talking about.

The problem with Carl's tie and shirt have patterns that are too similar in dimension and shape. When matching a tie and shirt, make sure the patterns balance and contrast each other.


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Matching Jackets with Ties -
October 11, 2012
There's been a lot said on how to wear a tie.  We've covered topics from tie width and length to knot styles and fabric.  But, one thing we haven't discussed is which ties look best with the various suit and jacket styles.  A member recently asked this very good question, so let's take a look at another aspect of necktie etiquette to ensure perfection with every jacket and tie ensemble you wearRead More»
The Half Windsor Knot | Men's Ties -
August 2, 2012
The Half Windsor creates a nice mid-sized knot that is fairly symmetrical and not as bulky as full Windsor. The Half Windsor is a great knot for thicker fabrics and synthetics. Aaron Marino of alpha m. demonstrates the Half Windsor, which is the more symmetrical and triangle shaped than Four-in-Hand but not as bulky. To tie the Half Windsor Knot, select a thicker tie of your choice and stand in frRead More»
The Nicky Knot | Men's Ties  -
July 2, 2012
To Tie a Tie Aaron Marino of alpha m. explains and demonstrates how to tie a Nicky Knot. The Nicky Knot is a type of knot that is used less often than other knots, begins inside-out around the neck, and uses a longer length of the tie. The knot is great for skinny ties and not as symmetrical as a Full Windsor. It's a stylish option. To tie a Nicky Knot: Start with wide-end of the tie one- foot loRead More»
Four in Hand Knot | Men's Ties -
June 20, 2012
The Four-in-Hand Knot is the most popular way to tie a necktie due to it's simplicity and style.   With point collars, one button open, or slim (skinny) tie, this knot is optimal. Aaron Marino of alpha m. demonstrates how to tie the symmetrical Four-in-Hand Knot. The Four-in-Hand Knot is tied by placing the tie around the neck and crossing the broad end of the tie in front of the narrow end. ThRead More»

Simple Rule for Necktie Widths | Men's Ties -
June 15, 2012
Modern Tailor code alpham10 Alpha M. Style System The necktie have adopted this unique style accessory that is timeless but ever evolving. 17th century Croatians were the trendsetters who started the modern necktie with the cravat. Aaron Marino of alpha m. continues educating viewers about the evolution of the cravat to the scarves, handkerchiefs, bow-tie, ascot, bolo, clip-on, and then the long nRead More»
Necktie Length | Men's Ties -
May 9, 2012
Have you ever questioned the length of your tie? Aaron Marino of alpha m. gives his opinion on how long a man should wear his tie. Alpha keeps it simple. His tie always lands at his torso on the tip-top of his belt buckle. If the tie were a pendulum, it would just barely nick the belt. If you have a longer torso or larger neck, get an extra long tie (6 - 8 inches longer than average tie).  The baRead More»
Skinny Neckties | Men's Ties -
April 25, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses the men's skinny tie. The knot should be a small and simple Four in Hand. The knot is casual and asymmetrical. Don't have a big chunky collar, like a spread. Instead, opt for the standard point collar that is small and complement the Four in Hand knot. If you are going to wear a skinny tie, make sure the knot is small and the collar is standard point. Read More»
Ways to Tie a Necktie | Men's Ties -
April 24, 2012
If you’re like most guys, pattern and color are all you take into consideration when it comes to wearing a tie.  You make sure it matches your outfit and the occasion, but do you ever give the knot much though?  Is it tied in such a way that compliments the style of your shirt and jacket or neck and body type? Granted, you can always get by with the old, tried-and-true standard knot you learneRead More»
How to Wear a Tie Bar or Clip  -
April 23, 2012
'Mad Men' is causing a surge in men's accessories, including tie bars and tie clips. Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses the latest trends in men's accessories. Tie bars and tie clips can be worn in the same fashion. Go to the 4th button down. Open it up, align it, and place it there. You can wear between the 3rd and 4th button as well. Don't go super high or low. Depending on the jacket and its stRead More»

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