Welcome back to our dear, former filly DONNA ALWARD! Please leave a comment for a chance to win a Kindle copy of her latest, Cadence Creek.
It’s so good to be visiting the Junction again! I’ve got a new release this month – a Christmas story set in Cadence Creek, a series I’ve LOVED writing from start to finish. It also features a wedding, and the heroine, Taylor, is an event planner who is helping her brother Callum and his fiancé with their arrangements. When the story opens, all the men in the wedding party are trying on tuxedos and not particularly enjoying it. With the exception of Jack, Callum and Taylor’s brother, the other men are far more comfortable in jeans and boots.
While I love a cowboy in dusty jeans, boots and a button-down shirt, I also like to see a man spit-polished and dressed up. I figured for the cowboys of Cadence Creek, a straight up tux with a bow tie and cummerbund wouldn’t quite do. So I let them wear new boots with their suits. And I went in search of the perfect tie.
There are a lot of styles to choose from, I realized quite quickly.
There’s the classic bowtie.
There’s the classic necktie, too.
Then there’s a fave of mine – the cravat! But it definitely didn’t suit this crowd.
Of course you have the bolo tie, which is definitely more western, but I didn’t like it either.
And there are puff ties, ascots, floppy bowties, neckerchiefs, classic string ties and western bow ties. I seriously cannot look at a western bow tie without thinking of Colonel Sanders, so that was out too.
And then I found it. The Continental Cross tie. It was exactly what I needed for the men of Cadence Creek. A bit formal, but a bit different, and understated.
(Continental Cross Tie pic) http://www.pinterest.com/pin/139822763404307860/
Once I had my guys sorted, it was time to deal with the girls, and you can check out some of the ideas I had for their dresses on my Pinterest board for the book. There are lots of holiday wedding inspiration pictures there too!
So what do you think? What’s your favorite tie out of the bunch?