June 20, 2006

The Shirt and the Tie

For quite a few seasons now, magazines have reported the trend of girls dressing like guys, ie. wearing shirts and ties together. Now I have never quite understood this trend. I mean, I think it was cool when Avril wore it a few years ago when she was in her so-called punk rock mood. And it's fun when people wear it as a costume, such as in Halloween or themed parties. Honestly, I can't see how this style works in real life but the SS06 runways certainly seemed to like it:

Karen Walker and Lanvin had skinny ties. Very classy and girly.

The ties and shirts are made of exactly the same prints at Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs.

Lanvin makes the ties look professional.

The shirt and tie combination looked cool and casual at Belstaff and Chloe.

Personally, I've only ever worn a tie with my school uniform (that was when I was younger). But casually, I'm way too chicken to try. Anyone here wears ties as normal casual wear?

58 Comments:

Anonymous Caitlin said...

I find it really looks too contrived. Like "look at me i'm trying too hard to look fashionable and be different". Although I do like the Belstaff outfit with the tie because I think it fits nicely with the look. There's something else that's bugging me about the ties but I can't really pin point it. I just keep thinking that every outfit is just completely ruined with those ugly intrusions. In any case, I would never wear one - I think ties should stay on school uniforms.

6/19/2006 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a rerun of a brief early- to mid-80s trend. I regret having tried this once--never again.

6/19/2006 10:06 PM  
Blogger Good Souls Make Life Better said...

I have always loved wearing ties. I think I have worn them for years. It could be because I never had to wear a uniform that I like them so much. I think ties just really suit SOMEPEOPLE and somepeople's bodytype.
Its not for everyone, but I dig it.

6/19/2006 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've worn ties a couple of times..mostly when i'm with my boyfriend,i just steal his (cos he's too lazy to tie it, but our uni's dress code is really strict and guys have to wear ties,or in his case, carry them around in his pocket!)...but it was all for fun..i've never actually planned to incorporate a tie into my outfit..(i mostly wear pencil skirts and button down shirts to uni..and sometimes the ties go quite nicely with them)

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6/19/2006 10:52 PM  
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6/19/2006 11:10 PM  
Anonymous R said...

I actually really detest this option. I just dont think it looks right in any way. The only one in my opinion which pulls it off is the Karen Walker one and quite possibly the second Lanvin one. Not forgetting these are models, so there really doesn't seem much hope for us norms wearing them and looking remotely decent.

And I HATED Avrils tie thing. Ugh.

6/20/2006 1:15 AM  
Anonymous Leanne said...

I went through the preppy shirt and skinny tie phase. I still like the look but I don't dress it anymore haha.

6/20/2006 3:30 AM  
Anonymous annie said...

i saw some people wear ties with white tank tops, like avril. it looked like they were trying way too hard.

6/20/2006 4:28 AM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've tried wearing it with my ruffled Jessica shirt and plaid shorts...I felt like a Japanese schoolgirl, but I think it should be worn not as often as a uniform as to not take away its charm.

6/20/2006 10:05 AM  
Blogger z_phyr said...

yeah, i've got one skinny vintage tie in red/black thick stripes. i wear it occasionally to work to dress up a plain short-sleeved shirt, with pants for the boyish look or with structured skirts for a preppy schoolgirl look.

i think it's a nice look to be worn occasionally. thick normal-sized ties are a nono for girls.

6/20/2006 12:54 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

I have a narrow J Crew tie in red and navy stripes that looks great a little loose with a white button down and this navy Ralph Lauren crested balzer. It's very Ivy League but then I wear heels and I have short platnum hair-- it's a really fun look. I love it!

6/20/2006 3:14 PM  
Anonymous A said...

I really like this look, but I'm a little too lumpy to actually wear it myself. I love Karen Walker's outfit because I think it maintains a huge "girly" element with the puffball skirt and the shapes are different enough to not look androgynous like some of the others. One of my friends has worn an outfit quite a lot like the KW one you've got up there and it looked really quite nice, albeit overdressed for uni. I'd love to try it at some point, but I have my reservations.

6/20/2006 4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont really believe in fashion rules i hate it when people go on about how things are a big 'nono' its stupid....if the tie looks good with the outfit then wear it if not then dont, each to his/her own.I personally like ties and i wear one of my boyfriends ties every now and then it gives the outfit a little something.

6/20/2006 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fashion like many other things are in the eye of the beholder. i wore them 35 years ago. people laughed then. i do agree that skinny is better. girls need to keep their femininity.

6/20/2006 11:13 PM  
Anonymous shopdiary said...

i'm not too keen on this look but if i were to go for it, i would wear the tie loosely like a scarf, something like this (although it wouldn't be a tie to begin with).

6/21/2006 4:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you tried using it as a headband. On some nice prints, I think it looks pretty interesting.

6/21/2006 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only way I've worn a tie, is somewhat like the last pic on the left. With a mini skirt, or something ultra-girly. Not a big fan of the tie being the same color as the shirt.

6/22/2006 12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tired it a week ago with shorts and a blazer and you wouldnt believe how many compliments i got on my outfit that day

6/23/2006 12:40 AM  
Blogger altacostura said...

Really hate ties eves if they are the most fashionable item of the season! so useless piece of fabric hanging of your neck. It doesn't make you look attractive either... :S

6/23/2006 5:10 AM  
Blogger Sophia said...

its another item that looks good on runways and bad in real life. and it looks like you are trying too hard. try-hards are so not sexy, sweetie.

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7/01/2006 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ties can look good on skinny girls but for those of us who have more hourglass shaped figures it just doesn't look right. I've worn a tie as a belt though.

7/09/2006 8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ties look good with certain outfits. I even wear ties to church and the mall. And I'm 15. You just gotta be able to pull off the look.

=)

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I love the Belstaff and Chloe looks, but I am also way too chicken to try ties with casual shirts. Very cute though.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the tie, just can't tie it very well. It's alwys loose and crooked.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the look of ties being worn by the waitresses at the olive garden, but some of them can't tie a tie as some of them have their ties crooked, or their collar is sticking up or their tie is partly tied outside of their collar.

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