Monday, 29 August 2016

How To Wear A Tie

A tie can be worn for formal or casual occasions with a variety of outfits. In the last couple of decades the range of ties available has really expanded, there are lots of different colours, patterns, material and prints to choose from. We have a great selection of ties for you to choose from.

Tying a tie can be a form of art, there are a huge variety of tie knots you can try out so why not have a look at blog post on How To Tie Different Tie Knots for a few examples.

Our Tie Collection

We have a huge varied collection of ties available at and here are just a few examples of what we have on offer.
Plain Ties

We have plain satin ties by DQT available in a skinny, slim, extra long, regular and clip on tie in a wide range of colours. Visit our range of Plain ties here.
Pattern Ties 

We have a wide range of pattern ties available which you can see here.

We have DQT pattern ties, in the following patterns :

We also have a range of Van Buck Pattern Ties, Tie Studio Pattern Ties and  Fab Ties Floral Ties. 

Van Buck 

Tie Studio

Outfit Inspiration 

You could wear our Navy Blue Floral Tie with a black suit for a formal evening look. 

Or why not add some fun to this white shirt and dark blue jeans with our Harlequin Tie

Friday, 26 August 2016

Top Tie Facts

Ties, Bow Ties and other neck wear are an extremely popular fashion accessory, they are often worn as part of a uniform, to ensure you look professional or just to add that something extra to an outfit. We have put together a list of a few interesting facts about ties. 

  • The beginning of the necktie comes from The Thirty Years War (1618-1648) when Croatian soldiers wore small dotted neckerchiefs. 
  • The most expensive tie was made from pure silk, 150 grams of gold and 271 diamonds and was designed by Satya Paul Design Studio.
  • International necktie day is celebrated on 18th October in Croatia and several cities around the world such as Dublin, Sydney and Tokyo. 
  • In history a thick form of tie was worn in war to protect the blood vessels in the neck from sword thrusts.
  • A collector of neckties is called a grabatoloigist. 
  • There is a building in Denmark shaped like a bow tie.
  • The modern tie was patented by Jesse Langsdorf in 1924.
  • A form of tie was worn on Chinese emperor Shih Huang Ti's terracotta warriors in 210 BC
  • British ties usually have diagonal stripes which run from the top left to the bottom right and in America the stripes run from to right to bottom left. 
  • After the second world war tie widths increased to 4.5 inches but started to slim down again in the 1950's. Since the start of the 21st century a regular tie is generally around 3.5 inches wide.
  • The worlds biggest bow tie is the size of  a great white shark.

Monday, 22 August 2016

How To Wear A Bow Tie

Bow Ties can look great with all sorts of outfits for a variety of occasions. We sell 2 different types of bow tie, pre-tied and self-tie. Pre-tied bow ties are already formed into a bow and fastened around the neck with a thin strip of material, where as a self-tie bow tie is just a shaped strip of fabric which you need to tie into a bow yourself. To find out how to tie a bow tie you can see our How To Tie A Bow Tie guide.

Our Bow Tie Collection

Van Buck 

All of our Van Buck bow ties are pre-tied. See our collection of Van Buck Bow Ties here.

  • Silk 
  • Pattern 
  • Limited Edition 
  • Tartan 


See our Knightsbridge Bow Ties here.


  • Plain Cotton
  • Gingham Check
  • Polka Dot 


  • Plain Marcella 

Tie Studio

See our Tie Studio pre-tied novelty bow ties here.

  • Novelty


We have a very large selection of DQT bow ties to choose from.


Pattern -

Knitted Bow Ties


Square Check 


Fab Ties

Outfit Inspiration

Here is some outfit inspiration for what you can wear with a bow tie.

Pair our Mens Paisley Gold Diamond Tip Bow Tie and Plain Dark Grey Trouser Braces with a white shirt and grey trousers for a casual but dapper look.

For a formal event wear a charcoal grey suit with our Van Buck Limited Edition Tetris Blocks Multi Coloured Silk Bow Tie.

This Mens Plain Teal Satin Self-Tie Bow Tie will really stand out against this black shirt and dark grey trousers. 

Friday, 19 August 2016

Our Dapper Man Of The Month For August

Will Smith is a hugely successful actor born 25th September 1968 in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is also a songwriter, rapper and producer. He married Sheree Zampino in 1992, they have one child Trey smith together and divorced in 1995. He then married Jada Pinkett in 1997 and they have two children together, Jaden 18 and Willow 15.

He started his career as a rapper by the name of The Fresh Prince in a hip hop duo with DJ Jazzy Jeff in the 1990's and rose to fame when he stared in the classic television programme The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air which ran from 1990-1996.

Will and DJ Jazzy Jeff

His first major film roles were in The Pursuit of Happyness with his son Jaden and Bad Boys alongside Martin Lawrence. 

Pursuit of Happyness

Bad Boys

Mr. Smith has starred in some hugely successful films such as the recent release Suicide Squad, alongside Margot Robbie in the romantic crime drama Focus, with Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day and in the Men In Black series to name just a few. 

Suicide Squad

Independence Day

Fun Facts

  • He is the only actor to have starred in 8 consecutive films open at the number 1 spot in the box office. 
  • He met his wife Jada Pinkett Smith when she auditioned to play the part of his girlfriend in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. 
  • He likes to add the catch phrase "Aw, hell no!" into all his movies.
  • He is 6' 2" and reached that height at the age of 13.
  • He was a millionaire before the age of 20 
  • He can solve a Rubik's cube in under 55 seconds and has done so in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Pursuit of Happyness. 
  • His hip hop partner DJ Jazzy Jeff played the part of Jazz in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. 
Best Dressed Moments

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Rio 2016 Update

With only five more days to go of this years Olympic games we thought we'd give you an update on the medal standings.

1. The United States are currently in first place with 28 gold, 28 silver and 28 bronze for a grand total  of 84 medals.

2. Great Britain are currently in second place with 19 gold, 19 silver, 12 bronze which makes a total of 50 medals.

3. In third place is China with 17 gold, 15 silver and 19 bronze totalling 51 medals.

This is Britain's best ever Olympics away from home. We have some amazing athletes competing for us at this years Olympics. Jason Kenny the cyclist has won 3 gold medals so far at Rio for men's keirin, men's sprint and mens team sprint. His Fiance Laura Trott has won 2 gold medals at this years games for women's omnium and  women's team pursuit making her the first British woman to have won 4 Olympic gold medals. Gymnast Max Whitlock has won 2 gold medals for men's pommel horse and men's floor exercise and 1 bronze medal for men's individual all round.

Show your support for Great Britain at the Olympics this year and wear our Union Jack Flag Tie By Van Buck with these Union Jack Socks By The Tie Studio.

Our Union Jack Flag Tie By Van Buck and Union Jack Socks By The Tie Studio would look great with a suit for the office or a formal event.  

Or you could pair them with a navy blue blazer and a pair of jeans for a more casual look. 

Monday, 15 August 2016

How To Wear a Pocket Square

Pocket squares, also known as handkerchiefs are a great accessory to add that finishing touch to your outfit. They should be worn in the top pocket of a blazer, dinner jacket or suit jacket and can be folded in a variety of ways to change the look. 

The history of the pocket square goes back to ancient Greece and Rome when they were used in the same way they are today, to blow the nose or wipe the face etc. However in the middle ages they were used to cover the head as suggested by the name. Pocket squares were formerly known as kerchiefs which is derived from the french words for cover and head. In the 18th century handkerchiefs were waved by women at public events such as processions and political events to show their approval.They are also used in types of West - African and African-American traditional dance and some types of English folk-dance.  

Pocket Square Folds 

See our guide on how to fold a pocket square here:

Presidential fold -

One Tip up Triangular Fold -

Two Tips Up Fold -

Crown Fold Pocket Square -

Casual Fold -

Outfit Inspiration

Your pocket square should complement a colour in your tie, bow tie or cravat or if in doubt go for a white pocket square as this will go with any colour or pattern. 

Our Plain Royal Blue Pocket Square perfectly complements this Van Buck Navy Paisley Diamond Pattern Cravat. combine with a pair of dark jeans and an off white suit jacket for a a casual look. 

Our Duck Egg Blue Polka Dot Pocket Square and Plain Duck Egg Blue Slim Tie will add some colour to a pale grey suit. 

Why not pair our Plain White Pocket Square with a Van Buck Limited Edition Stars Multi Coloured Bow Tie and a black suit for a great evening wear look.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Smart Summer Time Attire

It is no easy task to look smart when it is so hot, however it is achievable. There is no need to let your style standards slip in the effort to stay cool. We thought we'd try to help with the eternal struggle of how to look smart and stay cool at the same time and have put together some outfit inspiration for you.

Lightweight and breathable fabrics made from natural materials are the best choice in the heat. Also natural materials like cotton, linen and 100% wool dry faster which is always a bonus if you tend to sweat alot.

A long sleeved shirt and trousers are by far the best option when you are spending alot of time in the sun  because they provide the most cover.

If you want to wear a blazer or suit jacket make sure it is unlined or half-lined because they normally have a lining made from a synthetic material such as polyester.

Light colours are the best option because they reflect more light than darker colours, so this summer stick to your beige, white, grey, creams and pastels.

Our Plain Pale Lemon Yellow Tie and Pocket Square Set  will really pop if you wear with with a light blue blazer and some royal blue chinos.

For a casual look why not pair these cream linen cut off chinos with this navy blue blazer, light blue linen shirt and our Mens Knitted Black Square End Tie

Stay cool in this salmon short sleeved linen shirt with grey linen trousers and our Floral Navy Blue Pre-Tied Bow Tie.

Monday, 8 August 2016

How To Wear Cravats

Cravats are an increasingly popular and extremely versatile men's accessory. You can wear a scrunchie or self-tie cravat for a formal occasion and a casual cravat for everyday wear. We have a huge variety of colours and patterns to chose from.

We have put together some examples of how to wear a cravat and what to wear them with to give you some outfit inspiration.

Wedding Cravats 

Our scrunchie wedding cravats will look great with a waistcoat and suit for a formal and smart wedding look.

Why not dress your wedding party in a black suit and waistcoat with our Mens Paisley Silver Scrunchie Cravat.

Or you could go for a light and airy look perfect for summer with this grey suit, our Plain Silver Satin Wedding Waistcoat and our Plain Mint Green Scrunchie Cravat.

Self Tie Cravats

Our plain self tie cravats are perfect for any formal occasion from a prom to wedding.

Have you opted for the coral and cream colour scheme for your wedding? If yes then why not chose this cream suit and our Mens Plain Coral Satin Self-Tie Cravat for your groomsmen.
You could go for a bold monochrome look with this black suit and waistcoat and our Mens Plain Ivory Satin Self-Tie Cravat

Casual Cravats

Our casual cravats are hand made from silk in the UK and would look great tucked into the collar of a shirt or maybe even a t-shirt to add a touch of class and style to your outfit and make a fashion statement.

Our Van Buck Burgundy Swirl Patterned Cravat would look great with a navy blue shirt and a pair of light beige trousers for a smart casual look.
Why not wear a pair of black skinny jeans with a pale blue shirt and our Van Buck Navy Paisley Diamond Pattern Cravat for a stylish day look.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Top 5 Tips for The Bride and Groom

Planning a wedding can be a stressful and harrowing experience. There is a lot to organise and plan in a short space of time, however much time you have it will almost definitely not feel like enough. So we thought we would try to help you out with our 5 Top tips for the bride and groom.

1. Voice your opinion.

Both of you have an opinion so make sure you share it. You will mostly both have things that it is up to you to decide on, plan or choose. If you don't like something don't sit quietly, have a discussion and come to a compromise. This is one of the most important days of both of your lives so you want to look back on it fondly, not always wishing that one thing was different.

2. Don't leave it to chance.

When you are picking ties, bow ties, cravats or accessories to match your colour scheme don't just keep your fingers crossed that they will be the right colour. Order a swatch to make absolutely certain you are making the right choice. You can view our range of swatches here:

3. Put a great deal of thought into your choice of best man and maid of honour.

Your selection of best man and maid of honour could make or break your wedding. They play a very important role in helping to organise things and take some of the stress off your shoulders. Don't pick the friend that has an extremely hectic schedule or can't handle their drink and gets carried away easily. You need them to be able to help iron out little issues, support you both before and during the day and help make the whole day go as smoothly as possible.

4. Pay attention to your photographer.

These photos will be with you forever, you want to be able to look back at your photos and remember the wonderful occasion. Obviously you want to be able to enjoy your wedding and some photographers do take alot of your time but be sure smile and show your happiness. Also don't be afraid to ask them to ask them to change something if you don't like it.

5. Most importantly Enjoy Yourself!

Your wedding day will only happen once, its your day so make sure you enjoy it. Don't fret about those last minute little details, just let the day play out and have a great time.