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Bow Ties | How to Tie and Wear

As with other retro styles that have seen a resurgence, such as tie bar, cardigan, and fedora, it takes a certain guy to pull of the bow tie.  Bow ties are polarizing.  Aaron Marino of alpha m. has a rational and though provoking discussion about this misunderstood and increasing popular option. So, are bow ties badass or a bad idea?

Bow ties make people happy and smile. A self assured man wears a bow tie. But, bow ties are a pain in the butt to tie. And even if you get it tied, you are worried about it being symmetrical. The perfectly tied bow tie never happens unless you are wearing pre-tied or clip-on, which these are not an option unless you're 4 years old.

Bow ties come in two sizes: 2.5 inch (standard) and 1.5 inch. If you have a thin neck or head, stick to the smaller bow tie or else you will look like you have a pin head. So, how do you tie it? It takes practice. At 3:30, Alpha presents a every helpful and effective tutorial by filming in the mirror.

If you want to try wearing a bow tie, lock yourself in the bathroom and practice and practice and practice! You need to practice at least 5 good bows, then try again the next day. The more you do it, the better it gets.


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January 27, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. addresses whether to buy clothing larger to grow into later after bulking-up from working out. Alpha says that to buy clothes that fit you great now. If you are trying to bulk up, you are trying to put on quality muscle. Weight doesn't necessary equal muscle mass, and it takes time. Most clothes that fit you right now will still fit you 15 pounds from now. Read More»
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January 25, 2012
On the anxiety scale, job interviews rank right up there along side first dates.  An interview is a time when it’s imperative to present your very best; in order to convince an employer you are the top person for the job… much like a date. Selling yourself is a combination of many factors pulled together to create one package.  Just as important as what you say and how you handle yourself duRead More»
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January 24, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. reveals where can you find hidden gems and bargains other than thrift stores. One thing with style and looking good is that you don't have to spend a lot of money. Thrift stores are great to find outer wear like sport coats and blazers. If they are a little big, take it to the tailor. Some US stores that have unbelievable bargains and good deals on clothing include JC PennRead More»
Wearing Undershirts with V-Neck Sweaters -
January 23, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. presents a good set of ground rules regarding wearing shirts under a v-neck sweater. Aaron uses a white board to illustrate when and when to not wear an undershirt with a sweater. If you have a deeper v, then wearing an undershirt is essential unlike the regular v-neck. The tee shirt should be a standard crew or ring-neck tee shirt. The undershirt should be a lighter shadeRead More»

Gaining Weight Fast  -
January 20, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. addresses a viewer question about how to pack on pounds fast. Alpha recommends eating  a high calorie diet around 3,000 calories WHILE working out in the gym. Ectomorphs need to support their bodies working out to avoid potential health challenges. If you don't have time to workout, make the time by getting up earlier, doing it later in the evening, or doing it during lunRead More»
Wardrobe Preservation | Taking Care of Your Clothes -
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Hang up your clothes!  I can still hear my mother’s unrelenting words from days gone by, when she futilely attempted to get me to take care of my clothes.  As usual, she was right, which I’ve grown to learn over the years. You may have the best wardrobe in town, but if you don’t take care of it properly, you won’t have it for long; not to mention it won’t look its best on you.  ClothiRead More»
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Alpha men should have self sufficiency with small tasks, which include being able to sew a button back on your clothing. Do not pawn off small tasks on your grandmother, mother, wife, or girlfriend. Aaron Marino of alpha m. demonstrates how to sew a button. To start, get a mini emergency sewing kit for about 3 bucks. You will also need your item of clothing and button. If you don't know where yourRead More»
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