Tie Up & Button Down this Spring


Listen up gents (and the women who shop for us), it’s time to pack-up and store away the hoodies, dark jerseys, wool cardigans and everything corduroy.

It’s spring! Every man’s wardrobe needs a breath of fresh air.

This season blooms with bright and colorful ties and bold vests to make your attire pop and your style a little more interesting.

Following are easy and affordable ways for guys to upgrade their clothing.

Photo Credit: Zelma Rose

Bow ties were bashed in the past but now they add a punch to menswear.

Zelma Rose, located in San Francisco, offers an array of colors and fabrics in men’s neckties. Continuing a family tradition of American craftsmanship, these handsome ties are made in limited editions in Northern California with hand picked, high-quality fabrics.

The patterns are equally distinct, from plaid to polka dots and lucky horseshoes. Each bow tie is custom made with the option for something extra special. If you want to give a guy a gift, you can have a quote, date or personal message sewn into the tie band — special and original.

See the entire collection and make a purchase at http://www.zelmarose.com

Photo Credit: ORVIS

I discovered ORVIS while walking up 5th Avenue several years ago and immediately became a fan of their menswear. They are pioneers in creating masculine, high-quality clothing inspired by the great outdoors and sporting traditions.

With the warmer weather heating up the pavement, city dwellers often escape the metropolis and get active in the mountains, at beaches, rivers and lakes. Orvis has a wide selection of shirts, pants, shorts and outerwear, but I fell in love with this cream-colored hemp and cotton vest.

This is the conversation piece to add to a man’s wardrobe this spring and summer. It comes with two front pockets and an interior pocket for sunglasses, love notes or fishing lures. Why not?

It’s lightweight and versatile enough for the office or a casual evening out, and I predict you may see a few distinguished men wearing vests like this around the Hampton’s hedgerows, Fire Island boat slips and Connecticut country clubs.

Shop in one of their two Manhattan stores:

Orvis Retail Store New York
522 5Th Avenue (42nd Street)
New York, NY

Orvis Retail Store New York
489 5th Avenue (44th Street)
New York, NY
Check out their entire line @ http://www.orvis.com.

Photo Credit: Collared Greens

As boys, we are told to eat our greens. As men, I’m telling you to wear them — Collared Greens.

This company, founded in Sun Valley, Idaho, is on a successful mission to make elegant, American-made apparel combined with environment-friendly conservation.

This season, their men’s neckties come in fresh colors, striking stripes and sporty prints. I am an admirer of their Curlin and Secretariat collections.

What could be better than a little altruistic Americana to accent men’s shirts?

Now eat your greens, live green and wear them too.

Read about Collared Greens and buy a couple of ties at http://www.collaredgreens.com.

Photo Credit: Jafrum

I recently asked a couple of city guys about the type of vest they’d like to wear. Their humor and fashion sense melded into two words: black leather. They were as serious as Hell’s Angels. I believe this answer had more to do with Harley Davidson than fashion, but I researched their suggestion and discovered that black leather vests are very popular and Jafrum has them listed as a best seller.

If you or your guy is an “Easy Rider” type, here is vest that will certainly make a statement on the road. This genuine leather vest is hefty and structured with 5 snap buttons and 10 convenient pockets. The leather straps lace up both sides for adjusting to a proper fit.

Kick-start your shopping at http://www.jafrum.com/

Photo Credit: Combat Gent

While the purist might not detract from the Marlon Brando motorcycle style, I like to mix things up so I added a tie from Combat Gent to rock this look.

This online menswear shop offers a wide selection of bow and traditional neckties with eye-catching colors and bold stripes. They are bringing knit ties back into popularity this spring and their prices will not break your bank.

Visit: http://www.combatgent.com

Now tie up, button down and tweak your style this spring.

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