DQT’s April Trend Alert! The Tartans

The tartan pattern is something historically associated with Scotland, and burly men in kilts, but the times have changed, and tartans are now being recognised as a truly versatile pattern which can add a pop of colour to your outfit. Tartan, or plaid as our American cousins call it, is a pattern made up of vertical and horizontal stripes. The technical term for these patterns is a sett.

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Tartan Black and Green with Red Tie and Handkerchief by DQT

Believe it or not, in 1746, the government attempted to ban tartan, as they felt it encouraged the territorial clans of Scotland to continue fighting. Needless to say, that law didn’t last very long, and the law was repealed about 30 years later.

Until about 1850, a tartan wasn’t even associated with a family surname like it is these days. It was a tartan for a particular region. There was one simple reason for this – the naturally occurring dyes used to dye the yarns that were used to weave a tartan were all obtained locally. While a green dye may be readily available in one part of the country, there may be no green in another, so local colours had to be used instead.

These days, tartans are still a popular choice, whether you’ve got a connection north of the border or not. Famous designer Alexander McQueen, whose father was Scottish, loved them so much that he included tartan in some of his most legendary collections, with his self-designed red McQueen tartan the most prized of all.

At DQT, tartans are taking pride of place this April. We’ve got a great range of tartan ties, handkerchiefs and bow ties which will complete your formal, or even informal, outfit. We stock a vibrant red Royal Stewart tartan which is sure to turn heads. If monochrome is more your style, have a look at our black and white tartan range, with a subtle streak of red within its sett if you look closely. Looking for a more earthy selection of colours? Try a black and green check pattern with a single thin diagonal line of red, or our more traditional black and green background tartan, with lines of yellow, red and white.

Why not get into the highland spirit with DQT and incorporate a little bit of tartan into your outfit?

Check out more Tartan Ties here: http://www.dqt.co.uk/tartan-ties.html

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Dressing with Distinction: The Classic Elegance of a Pure Silk Tie

Nothing quite says sophistication and style like a silk tie, and DQT is delighted to introduce to you a new range of James Alexander silk ties and bow ties. With a wide range of colours and four shapely designs of silk bow tie, you’re sure to find a style that’s suitable for every occasion.

The natural, lustrous nature of silk makes it the ideal fabric for a neck tie. The smooth, soft feel makes it comfortable to touch and because it’s not slippery, like some synthetic fabrics, it’s easy to achieve a perfect knot. So from a Windsor knot for a special occasion to a double knot for daily wear, silk should be your fabric of choice. And not only is silk a very durable fabric, ensuring a longer life for your tie, it’s natural absorbency makes it perfect neck wear for warm weather. In a JA silk tie, you can be sure to remain cool, calm and comfortable when those around you are feeling the heat.

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JA Herringbone Silk Midnight Blue Tie

While textures and styles of tie are certainly changing, the classic drape of silk and the elegance and luxury it suggests mean that every gentleman needs silk ties as part of his attire. And with the new JA range, you can refresh your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Choose from a variety of exquisite hand made herringbone silk ties, available in skinny or slim styles. Or browse the panama silk ties and bowties on offer, all available in a wide colour palette to match every occasion. If you’re looking for something special for the gentleman in your life, our ties come boxed and make an ideal gift.

The beauty of silk is that any time is the right time to wear it. So whether you want to look spectacular at a wedding, sophisticated at a corporate dinner, or sartorially eloquent in the office, a silk tie meets the need. Maybe you’re going on a date and you want to look your best, or maybe you just want to feel great all day.

Enjoy browsing the new range of JA silk ties – we hope you will find them as exciting as we do! Click Here: http://www.dqt.co.uk/silk-ties.html

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Make a Fashion Statement with a DQT Wool Tie

When you think of ties, wool isn’t the most obvious material you’d associate with them, but in recent times, wool ties have been basking in the limelight.

As men look to widen the textures and styles in their wardrobes, wool is being favoured over more traditional fabrics, especially when it comes to tie choices.

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JA Ottoman Wool Watermelon Red Regular Tie

Wool ties aren’t just gaining momentum for being worn at the office or on a night out, they’re starting to make an appearance at weddings, too.

It’s not difficult to see why wool ties are so appealing. As a natural material, wool looks super stylish as a tie, and adds texture to any suit or outfit. Wool ties, in particular, create a focus piece for a classic, tailored suit, so if you want to introduce colour or pattern to wedding attire, whether as a guest or the groom, you can do this to perfection with a wool tie. Made from quality materials, such as exquisite cashmere, a wool tie looks sophisticated and elegant, and makes for a timeless, classic addition to any wardrobe.

Wool ties are especially suitable for weddings in the cooler months of the year, as the wool

offers a comforting and warming effect, but that’s not to say they aren’t suited to any occasion, at any time of year. Being slightly water resistant, the wool tie can be easily wiped clean if you spill something onto it.

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JA Ottoman Wool Watermelon Red Regular Tie in a Box

Available in a wide range of colours and styles, wool ties are also incredibly versatile, so if you want to create a formal or informal look for a wedding, your wool tie can achieve this. Knitted wool ties won’t drape, so offer great durability, and are especially great when paired with earthy or tweed colours for informal styling. Woven wool ties, on the other hand, boast a crisp and clean appeal that lends itself well to formal affairs, and will blend in beautifully with a classic wedding suit.

If you’re looking to add the finishing touches to your wedding attire, DQT offer an enviable selection of wool ties in various colours for you to choose from.

Check out our newest James Alexander Ottoman Wool Collection: http://www.dqt.co.uk/wool-ties.html

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10 Tips for a Happy Marriage by DQT

One thing is for sure, marriage isn’t easy. It will be the most rewarding thing in your life, but it will definitely be difficult. Here are a few tips and tricks for keeping things fresh, exciting and most of all, nice!

 1.     Listen

Listen to each other. We mean properly. If they’re talking, put your iPhone down, take your headphones out or turn the television down. It will mean a lot and it won’t end in an argument.

2.     Forgive & Forget

When you’ve had an argument, it’s not always easy to get back to how good you were. Everyone argues and you need to remember that your relationship is bigger than the argument. Once it’s all been sorted, forget about it and don’t hold a grudge, whatever you do.

3.     Don’t Be Selfish with your Wellbeing

You have to think about someone else as well as yourself now you’re married. So don’t do anything silly, because if you get hurt, or something bad happens, it’s not just you that’s upset and hurt, it’s your spouse too. They should be involved in a lot of decisions that you make.

4.     Have a Hobby of Your Own

It’s not healthy to spend every second of every day together, so get yourself your own hobby or go out with your friends on your own. It will make you appreciate and miss your partner more than if you were with them all the time.

5.     Communicate Like an Adult

Marriage is not the place for petty fights and being immature. It just won’t survive. Talk to each other like adults, you’re not children.

6.     Don’t Nag

Nagging will turn into bickering and bickering will turn into arguing and arguing will turn into resentment. You don’t want this to happen. Ask about things nicely and you shall receive the answer that you want.

7.     Keep up The Flirt

Compliment each other and remember what you once found amazingly attractive about the other person. Flirt with your wife or husband, they’ll appreciate it and more than likely do it back. Hey, presto! There’s your spark.

8.     Don’t be Jealous

Jealously, the green eyed monster, it’s not worth it. End of story.

9.     Say Thank You

Even for the little things. That cup of tea she just brought you in bed? Say thank you. Has she made you dinner? Say thank you. Even if it’s an every day thing, show some gratitude. It’s just plain manners.

10.   Don’t be Lazy

Make an effort, cook them a posher meal than normal, dress up nicely, and offer them a back massage. Whatever it is, go the extra mile and it will be reciprocated.

Check out large collection of wedding ties: http://www.dqt.co.uk/wedding-ties.html

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Impress your date with a seductive DQT tie this Valentine’s Day

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Man wearing DQT Polka Dot Royal Blue Tie on Valentine’s Day.

Are you hoping to impress someone special this Valentine’s Day? Perhaps you’re taking your partner on a date to celebrate your love, or perhaps you plan on using Valentine’s Day to woo someone and start a new relationship. Whatever you’re planning to do, the way you dress can have a huge impact on the success of your romantic venture. To help you out, we’ve created a guide to picking the perfect tie for the most love-struck day of the year. After all, we like to consider ourselves experts in ties here at DQT.

1. Colour

If you’re going on a date this Valentine’s Day, we suggest choosing a tie with a rich, passionate hue, such as red or deep purple. These colours are assertive, yet romantic: they suggest that you’re a man of strong passions who also has a tender, affectionate heart. If you want to use your outfit to say “I find you ravishing: let me sweep you off your feet”, a deep red or purple tie is the perfect accessory. Alternatively, if you wish to be a little more delicate, you may wish to consider a subtle pink tie. The colour pink suggests affection and sweetness without projecting too much passion. We recommend opting for this colour if you’re going for a date with someone who’s a little shy or reserved. Of course, your chosen tie doesn’t have to be a single, block colour. You can also choose a patterned tie in the appropriate hues. Here at DQT, we offer a wide variety of polka dot ties and striped ties that you may wish to consider.

2. Material

For the most romantic day on the calendar, we think you need a tie in a sumptuous material. It’s important to choose a material that is luxurious and seductive. Undoubtedly, silk is the best option available to you. Silk ties look smooth and stunning and (more importantly) feel sensuous. Of course, if you’ve been dating someone for a long time, you may prefer a more comfortable, friendly tie, such as one of our wool knitted ties. For most dates, however, we think silk is the perfect tie material.

3. Style

Should you choose a conventional tie, a bow-tie or a cravat? The answer depends on who you trying to impress. Bow-ties have a timeless, quirky charm and are best suited to impressing dates who have an idiosyncratic, light-hearted disposition. Cravats are ideal for wowing dates who love high-class luxury. Conventional ties are suitable for all occasions and can be used to complement your outfit, no matter who you’re trying to romance. Regardless of who you’re romancing, we have the perfect type of tie for you.

By following this simple guide, you should be able to pick the perfect tie for Valentine’s Day. We wish you luck in sweeping your date off her feet.

Now go get ‘em, tiger. Click Here: http://www.dqt.co.uk/ties.html

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Streamline Your Look with a DQT Skinny Tie

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The Groom wearing Plain Black Skinny Tie by DQT

Spring is in the air and with a hint of better weather and lighter evenings, it’s time to lighten up your wardrobe too!

Spring is a time in which you can have a bit more fun with your look – no need for thick coats, woolly hats and gloves – it’s about lightening up and loosening up, with a light jacket instead of your wool coat, suits in lighter greys that will complement the bright spring colours, and, most importantly, some new skinny ties.

A skinny tie is the perfect accessory for having fun in the springtime. While a regular tie is a reliable wardrobe staple that every man should have a few of for more formal, traditional occasions, it can also feel a little dull, a little stuffy, a little old fashioned and something your dad might have in his wardrobe. A skinny tie is sharper and sleeker – an homage to the fashion icons of the ’50s and ’60s, without looking like a fancy dress outfit.

A skinny tie will also complement the more streamlined cut of a slim fit suit, which are becoming more popular and fashionable – and again more suitable for spring and summer functions. With this cut of suit, a regular tie will look far too heavy against the tailored jacket, so a skinny tie is the better choice. DQT have a great range of over 100 skinny ties in a great range of colours and patterns, so you’re guaranteed to find just the thing to complement your fresh new look – and at a great price, too.

Skinny ties have generally tended to be styled in one block colour, worn to complement or contrast with a plain shirt, but there are great range of patterns and designs out there too, everything from striped and spotty to tartan, if you really want to cause a stir! Skinny ties are perfect for looking smart and formal at weddings and christenings, as well as the more relaxed look for family gatherings and summer barbecues and parties.

Enjoy your new look with our largest collection of Skinny Ties: http://www.dqt.co.uk/skinny-ties.html

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DQT New Styles All Tied Up

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Paisley Navy Blue Skinny Tie by DQT

At this time of year it’s easy to feel a bit flat, after all the fun of the festive season. Life can feel a bit dull, your wardrobe is the same old bits and pieces and everything is just a little uninspired. So do you feel that your style could do with something of a makeover? Nothing too drastic but perhaps a little spruce up, a freshening of your look ready to take you into the new year and beyond? Then a new tie could be just the thing you need! It might sound rather trivial but a fabulous new tie can sharpen up your appearance considerably without breaking the bank after all the Christmas expenses, and a small change can make a big difference.

Have a browse around DQT where you will find a great range of styles of men’s ties and neckwear: men’s cravats, wedding ties, traditional ties, knitted ties, skinny ties – there are a lot to choose from, available in a whole spectrum of colours!

A new tie is a great way to freshen up your style without making bold changes – at a lovely social event like a wedding you still want to feel like yourself, but yourself at your very best, so if a new suit will make you feel uncomfortable or unsure, start with a new tie. You don’t have to go too far out of your comfort zone – you could choose a bold colour that you wouldn’t usually opt for, or if you usually wear a traditional tie then how about one of DQT’s stylish and contemporary skinny styles? Teaming a tie with a shirt of the same colour is a very prevalent look at the moment, rather than going for a contrast, which gives a more relaxed, informal feel to your outfit. The contemporary knitted tie is also proving a very popular twist on an old favourite for more informal affairs, and the striped tie is right on trend too. A funky new tie could be just the thing to brighten up your worklife as well and make January feel a little less like hard work, so treat yourself to something new.

Check out our new collection of skinny ties: http://www.dqt.co.uk/skinny-ties.html

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DQT Wedding Accessories For Every Groomsman

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Plain Marigold Men’s Tie, Handkerchief and Cufflinks Set by DQT

Wedding accessories are a vital component of the groom’s wedding outfit. Choosing the right accessories can really set the tone for the whole outfit, and contribute to the feeling of the event. Carefully-chosen accessories are what make an outfit look finished. Grooms wearing the usual wedding attire can choose to accessorise their outfit with ties (including bow ties and cravats), breast pocket handkerchiefs for a splash of elegant colour, and cufflinks to add that finishing detail.

Your wedding tie can be a regular tie that you’re probably familiar with wearing as part of a lounge or day suit. Some grooms like to go for a more formal cravat or bow tie. These days there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to men’s wedding ties, so just pick what you fancy wearing. The main thing is that you feel relaxed and confident on the big day.

Top tips for wedding ties

– Many couples like to choose accessories that fit into their colour scheme. We offer a huge range of colours and patterns to fit your theme either loosely or precisely.

– If you’re looking for a more unconventional look, or you’re having a vintage themed wedding, consider a knitted tie!

– Silk ties add a touch of luxury that’s appropriate for the occasion.

– At most weddings, the entire wedding party will harmonise by wearing the same accessories in the same shade. But feel free to break with convention by using a looser colour scheme. We’ve seen some lovely rainbow-themed ceremonies where all the groomsmen wore ties in different primary colours.

– If you’re incorporating children into the wedding party, consider getting pre-tied bow ties to make getting ready easier.

– If you’re looking for an extra-special twist, take a look at our diamond tip bow ties which add a bit more glamour. These are particularly right for evening weddings.

– Discreet colours, such as a restrained navy or grey, work well for showing off a button hole flower arrangement such as a carnation. Don’t feel the colour needs to come from your accessories.

At DQT, we offer a huge range of wedding ties in the UK so you can personalise your outfit according to your exact requirements. Take a look today!

Here is the link: http://www.dqt.co.uk/wedding-ties.html

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The DQT Ties that Bind!

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Plain Black Skinny Tie by DQT

Back in 1975, Mr William Hirsch, then chairman of the Tie Manufacturers Association, said that no fashion writer should claim that the wearing of ties was dying out. To write such, in his opinion, was tantamount to “professional suicide”. On the contrary, it was his boast that the new ties, that year, “will be the smile in a man’s wardrobe.”

Forty years on, and the trend, going into 2016, is for thin rather than wide; discreet, as opposed to loud. A tie is, above all, an essential accessory and not a statement. Designer Scott Sternberg says: “A skinnier tie just feels of-the-moment right now. It’s not too mainstream and not too traditional. And there’s less material, so there’s less potential for a color or pattern to feel garish or offensive… Right now, that’s the mark of an individual.” However, the scale of your tie should match the rest of your outfit: so skinny ties go with slim-cut suits with narrower lapels and shirts with slimmer collars.

Oscar Wilde – no sartorial slouch himself – noted that “a well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.”

Although the tide of fashion ebbs and flows, a gentleman is still considered undressed if his neck is naked. Wearing a tie allows you to have the confidence to go wherever you like. A tie pulls together the disparate elements of your attire, either through a touch of texture or a splash of complementary colour.

A gentleman in 2016 should have a range of five different ties:

1) Wool: knitted ties are back!
2) Black: the formal-wear staple with a white shirt and even a leather or denim jacket, is so versatile
3) Polka dot is good but why not try the smarter and more subtle pin dot, too?
4) Paisley ties are excellent for style-with-a-smile
5) The “Repp” tie: the combination of stripes and colours that never fails.

For men, your tie is one of the first things that people will look at, so select accordingly. DQT have nearly 400 fantastic ties to choose from, whether plain, striped, floral, paisley or swirl; in silk or knitted, pure wool.

Check out are huge collection of ties here: http://www.dqt.co.uk/skinny-ties.html

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Why the DQT knitted tie is a win-win choice for the office Christmas party?

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Plain Emerald Green Knitted Tie by DQT

Knitted ties are making a comeback. Suitable for dressing up or down, the old faithful gives any outfit that quirky-casual feel.

The perfect finishing touch for any casual or formal event, the knitted tie has been sported by a number of British celebs lately, including the likes of David Beckham, Benedict Cumberbatch and even Hugh Grant, along with those across the pond including Justin Timberlake and Bradley Cooper (to name but a few).

So it seems 2015 has seen the return of the knitted tie and it has been hailed as an ideal way to add a bit of flare to an everyday workwear-look both for the spring/summer and autumn/winter wardrobe. With the office party often a fashion minefield and with the boundaries of ‘black tie’ becoming more and more lenient, the festive season is a great time to dig out the old knitted tie or invest in a new one to make a festive-season statement.

Here are our top DQT tips for scrubbing-up with a knitted tie this Christmas.

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Striped Navy Blue and Green Knitted Tie by DQT

1. Go with stripes

Go bold with one of our striped ties this season. Our favourite in the DQT range is our men’s knitted navy and green striped tie, perfect for teaming with a white shirt, jeans and a pair of suede brogues for a casual look that’s bound to turn heads.

2. Block party

Choose a block coloured knit with a coloured shirt for a quirky-but-classic look. Our men’s knitted burgundy tie looks great with a baby blue shirt, or choose a blue and white checked shirt for a more casual look.

3. The classic black tie

If you’re adopting a slightly smarter look, the knitted black tie is a great investment piece. It’s so versatile and can be worn casual, dressed-up with one of this season’s woollen blazers or used to create that classic black-tie look with a bit of a twist.

Or, if you’re not sure the knitted tie is for you but you’re keen to make a statement this Christmas, why not check out our selection of paisley ties and polka dot ties for a colourful alternative?

View our newest and widest collection of knitted ties for Christmas: http://www.dqt.co.uk/knitted-ties.html

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