My fashionista gentlemen, everyday is your chance to show your style, from coffee morning to cocktail hours. It’s one of the toughest aspects of the end of holidays: along with early starts, the commute between office and home (rather than hotel to exotic locations), and an engorged email in-tray, back to work means back to stiff and square office gear. Happily, there is something new on the men’s wear horizon that can help bridge the gap between laissez faire and white collar: say hello to the wooden tie.
As soon as the designer and founder Mark from the The Wooden Tie Company UK found us through a post we published before here featuring one of their collections, it took only few exchange of emails for us to collaborate. Some of you must have seen the promo here and could avail of a 20% discount off the normal price on your purchases of the Wooden Tie with the promo code provided especially for OneTimeFashionista readers and followers during Christmas holidays and was valid until 1st of January. This Red & Black wooden skinny tie is my current favourite from their collection. When Mark asked me to pick one to style Shehzaad just before heading off to our voyage in Morocco, I picked this because of its versatility- it can be styled multi-ways and looks great on black, red and white and if you are experimental like me, I have styled it with a floral shirt, since it was a holiday look. I’m going to truly review this Red & Black Skinny wooden tie from a OneTimeFashionista point of view.
Complementing the trend for slimmer tailoring and narrow lapels, this Red & Black wooden skinny tie has a softer and more retro look. It has a great versatility that helps create an edge to a formal outfit. We’re seeing more and more men wearing formal or casual shirts with jeans or chinos and the wooden tie. Read on to know why?
Shehzaad, 34, Director – Demand & Deployment (also the beautographer and co-blogger at OneTimeFashionista) at a multinational online gaming company based in London, became a wooden tie regular when he first spotted this unique piece of accessory at the Christmas market in Southbank Centre London two winters ago and incorporated them into his personal style accordingly. “I work for a big City online gaming firm that is very conservative and dull when it comes to wearing stylish accessories, everyone always wear very serious ties – but when I joined there I started going to work every morning in style – in some old 1980s-style wooden ties or antique cufflinks that Tanusree bought me from garage sale in New York City,” he says. “They work well because people – even top bosses in multinational companies – are more relaxed and less stuffy down here, I’ve found. It’s a bit like wearing brown shoes with your formal black trouser.”
Top tip: Be office-appropriate (Casual Fridays, yayy!) and on-trend at the same time with floral shirts, straight jeans and Cowboy boots pulled together with a classic aviator sunnies.
Wooden ties work well with solid blocks of colour such as black or grey or white or red but brighter, simpler patterns also look better with them than they often do with traditional fine silk ties.
Not that wooden ties are a poor relation of more formal versions. As Mark of the The Wooden Tie Company UK points out, ”an ideal men’s gift for the man who thinks he has everything.” ”All Wood Ties are handmade and no two are identical,” he says, which can be worn by simply slip the elastic over the head and tuck the elastic neatly under the collar out of sight. So, if fashionista gentlemen have been looking for something more casual with neckwear for quite some time now, wooden tie is your answer!
Disclosure: One Time Fashionista was very kindly sent this Red & Black wooden skinny tie free of charge for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are our own and we’d still rave about it even if we’d paid for it!
Location: Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
What was Shehzaad wearing?
Red and Black Wooden Skinny Tie by the The Wooden Tie Company UK
Floral Shirt from TK Maxx
Levi’s Straight-fit Jeans
Zara two-tone Woven Belt
Aldo Cowboy Boots