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TYING THE KNOT
The bride might be the center of attention, but shes not the only one in the spotlighther groom is, too. That means hes got to look as good as his new wife. For most grooms that means a nice tux and tie.
There are two major options in the world of neckwear: the bow tie and the necktie. Both can be worn to most weddings and are often interchangable, with one exception. Black-tie events require a bow tie, says Trey Kraus, owner of Carltons Men Shop in Rehoboth Beach.
When it comes to the bow tie, there are two choices: Men can learn the knot themselves, or they can go the pre-tied route. Either is fine in Krauss eyes. I have been known to wear a pre-tied tie myself on occassion, he says. But its not hard to learn the knot. If you can tie your shoes, you can do it. Most fine mens shops can show the groom-to-be how its done.
The knot primer wont remind your fiancé of his Boy Scout days when he struggled to refine the clove hitch. The knot doesnt have to be perfect. In fact, the flaws are what makes the look. Imperfections are what the connoisseur strives for, he says. There is an intrinsic value in not having a perfectly stamped item.
If you decide to go with a longer necktie, think wide and bright. Todays tie is vibrant, covered in reds, greens, blues, even pinks. Dont for a second think the look is a solid color. Patterns are just as bold, and paisley is king.
The big patterns need big fabric and designers have heard the call. Today, were further away from the Rick Springfield, skinny tie and more into the heavier silks and woven patterns, Kraus says. Wider and fuller knots are very current.