Nautical Ties and Other Cruise Wear Accessories for Men
Fun Neckties and Other Cruise Accessories for Men
"Aw, do I HAVE to wear a TIE?" I can hear it now. It's the mantra of the cruising male. So, let's make that whole thing a little more fun, with a great nautical tie and some other cruise accessories for men.
Wearing a necktie doesn't have to make you feel stogey! Make the other guys sit up and take notice of yours! There is some great nautical neck wear for you to wear on those one or two nights that call for a little more in the way of dress while you are having the time of your life aboard that fabulous cruise ship. I'll show you some of them. Pair one with a fun nautical tie clip, and you're ready for a floating runway!
For those who don't usually wear a one at all, and struggle a bit with how to easily and properly adjust that "thing" around your neck, I have several "How to" videos that will make you an expert in several different types of necktie knots.
Then, we'll have a look at some other men's cruise accessories that would be great to pack for your cruise, and fun to have for other special occasions, too.
Necktie - The Regimental Stripe And How to Properly Wear it
If you are "old school" then you already knew about the regimental stripe, as each school had it's own special stripe in the 'old days.' And some still do... even prep schools.
Today, 'power' ties are ubiquitous in the business world, and those with diagonal striping are common. These stripes is also safe for most nighttime functions that don't call for strict of formal wear.
One of the regimental stripes available at Amazon. You'll find that, in general, reds and blues are both quite popular.
(or, Playing it Safe with an Old Standby)
I'm going to show you some snazzy nautical themed men's neck wear, and some designed speciically for cruisers. But first, I'd be negligent if I didn't give a nod to tradition.
Regimental stripes have been worn for nearly a century, and were originally associated with specific regiments, each of which had its own colors. (Hence, the name.) Then other organizations, including schools and universities, adopted the custom, each having it's own special stripe.
PROPER REGIMENTAL STRIPES - TWO DIRECTIONS
In AMERICA, these neckties are worn by anyone, generally the high end of the stripes point at the wearer's right shoulder, and running down towards the left.
In the BRITISH COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES, the stripes are worn running in the opposite direction. The gentleman wearing the stripes is usually connected with the regiment or organization represented by that particular stripe.
Navigate Your Way to Dinner
With Some Cruising Neck Wear
Ahoy, come aboard a ship, and enjoy the ride! No, you don't have to wear a tie EVERY night. But when you do, how about something you just won't find at your local mall, something fun and seaworthy, from an individual designer? Add a cool gold or silver clip or bar and you'll wow the ladies! You find both ties and tie bars from independent designers at Zazzle these days.
Here's one with a cruising theme from my own Zazzle gallery, showing the bow of a cruise ship. Some ideas for nautical tie bars and from good old Amazon follow.
Nautical Tie Clips and Bars - A Great Gift Idea!
My husband has one of these, and enjoys wearing it to dinner on cruises.
Ahoy there, Matey! It's the helm you'll take with this ship's wheel tie clasp
Formal Nights on a Cruise
Can be a time to Shine (or Not)
A seven day cruise on a mass market line (Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, etc.) will have two nights designated as formal. In recent years, tuxedos and ball gowns are on the decline, but they are not absent altogether. You see more of them on Celebrity than you do on Norwegian Cruises, and people tend to go all out more when cruising on major holidays, like Christmas, or New Years than in mid-summer.
We tend to go with whatever mood strikes us. If we don't feel like 'dressing' on formal night, we'll let our waiter know ahead of time we'll be eating in the buffet that night. Or, hubby may just bring a dark suit or nice sports jacket and tie, instead of his tux. You'll see plenty of those on formal night on most lines.
On Premium and Luxury lines, cruise formal wear still means formal, and on elegant casual nights, gentlemen still need a jacket, but can ditch the tie.
This silk stripe, accented with various sailor's knots is a little bit different, yet still just right.
Tying a Necktie
A Full Windsor Knot - Learn How to Do It
This type of knot is best suited for spread collar shirts.
Tying a Half Windsor Knot - Isn't Half as Hard as it Looks
This knot works well with any dress shirt. You can use it with wider ties made from light to medium weight fabric.
When you wear a tuxedo and a bow tie
Warning - Warning - Warning
Beware of the effect that a tux or dinner jacket - - has on women.
The same is true of a dark suit beautifully coordinated with a well-chosen shirt and tie, an interesting tie clip or tac, and matching pocket square
You get my drift?
Four-in-Hand Knots - How They're Done
Use the four-in-hand knot with button down dress shirts, and with wide ties made of heavier fabric.
How to Make a Pratt Knot - Also called a Shelby Knot
The Pratt Knot, or Shelby Knot, can be used with any dress shirt, and works well for wider ties made of light to medium fabric.
Vote for Your Favorite Type of Knot
Which knot do you like best?
At a "Black Tie" Event, the accepted dress for men is a black jacket (dinner jacket or tuxedo) and a black bow tie.
For the formal 'black tie' occasion, or any occasion, plain black is always right.
Nautical Bows on eBay - Live Auctions
Can you find a deal on eBay today? You never know - you just might! Here are several examples of what's being auctioned right now. These are LIVE auctions, so if you see just the right item, you might want to go ahead and click through to check out the details. Then, make a bid if you're in the buying frame of mind.
Once, we got a little WILD
We didn't get a picture of it, so you will have to use your imagination with this story.
A couple of years ago, on one of our cruises, we decided to get a little wild with our cruise wear on formal night. He brought his tuxedo. So far, so good. . . but, THEN... on the Captain's formal night, we had a little fun . . .
With his black tux, he wore a turquoise bow and cumberbund.
I wore a black cocktail dress, with turquoise jewelry, and a turqulose pashmina stole.
Yes, we MATCHED. (He looked SO cute)
I thought no one would notice, but boy, was I wrong! We were stopped not once, but several times, by fellow cruisers asking if they could take our photo!
It was fun once, but we haven't done THAT again!
Cool Cufflinks for Dad - on eBay
Oh, wouldn't a pair of nautical cuff links make a great pre-cruise gift? I recommend them for Father's Day or an anniversary, too. Men in cufflinks do look so dashing! Nautical themed cuff links available right now on eBay:
How to Tie a Bow Tie
Tying a Bow is Not Hard! - (Watch this to see how)
Want to REALLY impress someone - male or female? Tell them you wear ONLY bow ties that you tie yourself. But then, be prepared to prove it. This video will show you exactly how!
Mini Sailboat Silk Bow - To Tie Yourself
Now that you know how (you DID watch the video, didn't you?) are you ready to take the plunge into self tie bows for your formal wear?
Idea - Get one in advance and practice a few times before the real event, especially if you've never done it before. Practice will do a lot for your self confidence!
I suggest this only because I have encountered a number of men who seem hesitant to even try doing it themselves. I guess, for some, there seems to be a sort of mystery surrounding tying your own bow tie.
Vote for Your Favorite Type of Bow - Pretied or Not?
Which type of bow do you prefer?
Matching Sets - Formal Neck Wear and Matching Hankies, Cumberbunds, or CuffLilnks
NOTE that all the sets shown below include bows that are PRE-TIED for you.
The standard set that every man should own.
I just couldn't resist including this turquoise set, which reminds me of the night we went wild with turquoise and black on a ship!
Nautical Cufflinks - from Amazon
With a bow tie, you are likely to be wearing a shirt that requires cuff links. So, here are a couple of fun choices.
Vote for Cufflinks or Button Sleeves - for formal dress shirts
What type of dress shirt do you prefer
Mens Cruise Accessories - for Cruising, Travel, or Whenever!
Have a look at some additional men's cruise accessories - some are fun, some practical... all great for cruising, travel, or everyday, and all ready and waiting for you at Amazon! Have some fun... grab something for your next adventure, whether it's aboard a ship, or right in your own backyard.
A captain's hat to have some fun with.
A practical travel gift that would be appreciated by any gentleman on the go.
Some Other Pages You Might Enjoy
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Nautical themed boxes for men and women, boys and girls. You're sure to find a gift for someone on your list here.
- Nautical Gifts for Men | Zujava
Gift ideas for men. Nautical themed items are perfect gifts for boaters, cruisers, and sailors.
- Nautical Totes and Travel Bags
Cruise ant nautical themed tote bags and other travel bags
- Read All About It: Cruises
Books about cruises, cruise ships, and stories set on cruise ship to get you in a nautical frame of mind for cruising.