Crise de Cravate

Sorry I’m so late. Is there anything more annoying than having a tie choosing crisis first thing? today is casual. My khakis could probably do with a press, and this is the last day of the stubble before the full-fledged shave. Still, I have a lunch appointment and I do like to wear a sportcoat out. The tie below is the final, safe choice. I would have preferred one a bit more whimsical, but couldn’t match the colours well enough for my tastes.

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with motif ties. I like them when I see them and almost never find one I like well enough to buy. Crested ties should be top of my hit parade, but unless it’s my crest, I feel like I’m wearing someone else’s fraternity letters. These stripes are American, so I’m a bit more comfortable with them.

I should be all over this Griffin tie, but my crest features one with an arrow through its neck. Which I’m fairly certain means that we were chicken thieves in the old country. Our new college mascot is also a griffin. Reason enough … .


This might be fun. My fraternity used the device…


but I’m 45 and not really a frat-guy anymore.

I really don’t have any other affiliations I can think of which would have a suitable motif for a tie, barring the bit-over-the-top martini olives and pick genre.

How about you? Still wear the old school tie?

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