Monday, 25 April 2016

What to Wear to a Dinner and Dance

Most dinner and dances nowadays usually state the dress code on the invitation which makes determining what to wear a lot easier. Normally the dress code will be one of three, white tie, black tie or black tie optional.

White tie, often called full evening dress, is by far the most formal dress code. You should not wear an ordinary suit but a black tailcoat, waistcoat and a white bow tie not a tie. You should always wear a white shirt and black shoes with dark soles. You shouldn't wear a wristwatch at all, it can be considered rude if you do. If you want to wear a boutonniere you should make sure it is a real flower, never leather or a false flower.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Ford and Bradley Cooper below are prime examples of how to dress for a white tie event.

Black tie is the next step down from white tie. It is still very formal but you should wear a dinner suit instead of tales. Braces would be a great addition as they add style. You could also wear a cummerbund or waistcoat. You can wear either a bow tie or a long tie but we suggest a bow tie as it creates a smoother look. Again you should wear a white shirt. The colour of your suit can vary as long as it is a relatively dark colour. You could also choose to be a bit more adventurous with a velvet suit jacket.

Ryan Gosling, Chris Pine and Daniel Craig below are great examples of what to wear to a black tie event.

Black tie optional is leaving it up to the guest to decide whether they wear black tie or not. It is often interpreted to mean you should wear business attire, meaning dress smart but not overly so. A simple suit would be fine, as would a dinner jacket for example. This dress code often leaves guests confused and undecided what to wear.

Some great examples of what you could wear to a black tie optional event are Will Smith, Tom Hardy and Jeremy Renner below.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Happy Birthday Her Majesty

We here at Fab Ties would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to her majesty the queen on her 90th Birthday.


Today crowds of people were waiting to wish The Queen many happy returns when she decided to celebrate with a stroll outside Windsor Castle with Prince Philip behind a parade of the royal guards. The streets were flooded with union jack flags and gun salutes could be heard all over London to Celebrate the big day.


She was presented with a huge range of gifts from bouquets of flowers to giant balloons and framed photographs.

The Queen entered the record books as Britain's longest-reigning monarch after surpassing the reign of her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria.- The Telegraph


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Our Dapper Man Of The Month For April

David Gandy

David James Gandy was born 19th February 1980 in Billericay, Essex. He started his modelling career in 2001 at the age of 21 when he won a modelling competition on ITV This Morning, his prize was a contract with Select Model Management.

David stared annually in Dolce and Gabbana apparel campaigns and became the face of their extremely popular “Light Blue” men’s fragrance.

He has shot with some of the most sought-after international photographers including Mario Testino, Mariano Vivanco and Steven Meisel and has worked alongside supermodels including Giselle, Eva Herzigova and Scarlett Johansson.

In 2010 and 2012 he became the first ever male model nominated for British Fashion Council’s model of the year award.

As well as being a highly successful model David is also a keen businessman, writer and designer. He also featured in a short film alongside Helena Christensen. He is also an avid dog lover and racing enthusiast.

He is currently the face of Marks & Spencer’s David Gandy for Autograph and is currently signed to Select Model Management, Why Not Models and Ford Models.

Best Dressed Moments

Looking Stylish as ever David plumps for a smart casual look with a plain white shirt, charcoal grey V-neck jumper, Navy Blue blazer and a grey blue pocket square.

In the picture below at Mario Testino's Edition Launch Party he wears a charcoal grey suit and waistcoat with a blue shirt and light grey check print tie.

At dog trainer Barry Karacostas' fundraising event David Gandy wore a speckled grey and mocha brown check print suit jacket, navy blue and white thin stripe shirt and black fine knit tie.

On the red carpet at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2012  he wore a black velvet dinner jacket with lapel's, a white dress shirt with small black buttons, a black velvet bow tie and a white pocket square.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Behind the Scenes

On Sunday 10th April we had our very first photo shoot. We had the fantastic photographer Robert Parfitt and model Thales Simpson Kent who has done shoots for a lot of  successful companies including Sony. We started the photo shoot at our offices at 9.00am. The main plan for the day was to get the majority of our products photographed and to do some lifestyle shots with the model.

We started outside our offices for some lifestyle shots of Thales in and around a Mercedes A-Class AMG Line car wearing some very smart and stylish black trousers, a black dinner jacket and some aviator sunglasses with our Van Buck limited addition platinum pocket square and tie.

Next we went into the office to do our product shots. We took three photos of each tie one rolled up, one of the front, and one of the back.

Later we went on location to a lovely wooded area to do more lifestyle shots with all of our fantastic products. We were 
extremely fortunate that all the bluebells and blossom on the trees had started to bloom and the weather took favour on us with some wonderful spring time sunshine.   

We managed to take photos of 300 products and in total over the whole day we took around 4000 photos.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Are You Going To A Wedding?

Are You Going To A Wedding?

If you are going with your partner it's great if your outfits can match or complement each other. Just simply matching your accessories to your partners outfit can really make a difference and make you both look very stylish.

We have put together three amazing outfits that are sure to wow everybody and would be perfect for any wedding.

Your partner could wear this beautiful mint green lace dip back midi dress which would look great with your pale grey suit and matching mint green cravat, pocket square and cufflinks

Or why not try a charcoal grey suit with our wonderful limited addition navy Van Buck paisley print tie, navy pocket square and cufflinks which would be a wonderful contrast to this tan jumpsuit.

A black suit with cream champagne pocket square, bow tie and cufflinks would perfectly complement this nude chevron pleated midi skirt and black crop top.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Spring Time Wedding - What To Wear

Are you going to a spring time wedding? If yes, don't panic its not too late to get your self kitted out in stylish attire. we have 3 great products ideal for either a member of the wedding party or a guest. These outfits will work for all sorts of weddings. whether inside or out, beach or hotel. All 3 colour schemes are perfect for spring, on trend and they give a fresh and vibrant feel to your outfit.

We have opted for  a light taupe suit with brown shoes which we have paired with our cream champagne waistcoat, duck egg blue tie and duck egg blue cufflinks all of which can be found on

Pair our baby pink pre-tied scrunchie cravat, bow tie and cufflinks with a pale grey suit and black shoes for a slightly but fashionably off the wall look.

Why not stand out with a royal blue suit, brown shoes and our pale lemon yellow pocket square, bow tie and cufflinks. It would look great with some trouser braces and a white shirt. 

Friday, 1 April 2016

Our Dapper Man Of The Month For March

Leonardo DiCaprio

We have picked Leonardo DiCaprio as our Dapper Man of the month. He is always stylish and oozes confidence.

Leo is 41 years old, an actor and film producer and is also an environmental conservationist who was born in Hollywood, California. His Mum is a German born Legal secretary and his Dad is an Italian comic's artist, producer and distributor of comic books.

He began his career with television adverts and then recurring roles in TV series such as the soap opera Santa Barbara  and the sitcom Growing Pains in the early 1990's. He began his film career staring as Josh in the low budget Horror film Critters 3 in 1991 before staring alongside Robert De Niro in This Boy's Life in 1993. He achieved international fame when he played Jack Dawson in the massive hit Titanic in 1997.

Leonardo has won 21 awards in total up to now, including a Golden Globe for best actor in The Aviator in 2004, a best actor award for The Wolf Of Wall Street in 2013 and a Golden globe for best actor along with his first BAFTA for The Revenant in 2015.

Film Timeline

Critters 3 1993

Romeo + Juliet 1996

  Titanic 1997

The Aviator 2004

Inception 2010

Django Unchained 2010

The Revenant 2015

Fun Facts

  • He was considered for the role of Spider-Man in 2002 which went to his childhood friend Toby Maguire.
  • He landed an advert for Matchbox Cars at the age of 14.
  • Leo owns an island off Belize.
  • In 2005 his face was severely injured when ex-model Aretha Wilson hit him over the head with a glass bottle.
  • He was messaged by James Corden on behalf of Jennifer Lopez during an episode of carpool karaoke on the Late Late Show, which can be seen here: 

Best Dressed Moments

In this photo Leonardo DiCaprio wears a cool casual look with a grey v-neck jumper over a navy and white striped shirt, with black jeans.

This outfit from The Great Gatsby is a great evening wear look and would be great for any black tie event. He wears a black suit, white shirt and stylish satin black bow tie with gold edging.

At the Great Gatsby premier Mr. DiCaprio fashions a  navy blue suit and matching tie with a white shirt.

In this still from The Wolf Of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio models a navy blue pinstripe suit, with a white shirt and red square print tie.