While a solid navy long tie might be the most versatile piece of neckwear a man could own, wearing nothing but solids may eventually get boring. Even Cary Grant, famous for his solid ties, wore patterned ties sometimes. Our dalliance into designs creates an engineering problem for fabric firms, one that mankind has been trying to solve for thousands of years.
Looking around style blogs and forums, you may find yourself coveting tens of thousands of dollars worth of clothing. The most beautiful pieces do tend to be the most expensive. While you're saving for your next glorious conquests, here are three things that you can do in the next ten minutes that will make you look better at a cost of zero.
Beau Brummell is remembered as the man who popularized the simple yet elegant wool garments from which our modern business dress is descended. His unadorned outfits of black boots, dark wool coats, and white shirts, made it all the more dramatic and exhilarating when out from a pocket he would present one of his many intricately decorated snuff boxes.
This weekend, Floyd Mayweather will fight Canelo Alvarez in the biggest boxing match of the year. Ringsides are going for just under $25k each; Mayweather makes over $40 million just for showing up. As is prize fight tradition, the ringside announcer, broadcasters, and scattered spectators will be wearing black tie. Finery in the seats and fury in the ring go together like a bloody steak and single malt scotch.