Picking the Right Tie–to Tie the Knot ~ DONNA ALWARD returns!

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.
november 16 postWhile 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.

(bowtie pic) http://www.weloveties.com/content/weloveties/producten/strikje_zwart_jbs44.jpg

There’s the classic necktie, too.

(necktie pic) http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ac/Necktie_Half-Windsor_knot.jpg

Then there’s a fave of mine – the cravat! But it definitely didn’t suit this crowd.

(cravat pic) http://www.weddingcravats.net/CRAVATS/SATIN/CHAMPAGNE_BURST.JPG

Of course you have the bolo tie, which is definitely more western, but I didn’t like it either.

(bolo pic) http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6049/6363372093_01cebda57e_b.jpg

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.

(ascot pic) http://img0.etsystatic.com/000/0/5745355/il_570xN.279348886.jpg

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?

 

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Updated: November 6, 2013 — 1:36 pm

19 Comments

  1. Love the cover of your book. Definitely draws me in.
    I love the Continental Cross tie! A close second would be the Bola.

  2. The Continental Cross tie is nice looking but I’ve always loved the Bolo tie. I use to have one myself that I wore with a certain blouse and got heavy complements on it. Hmmm. I wonder what ever happened to that bolo. I bought it on a visit to Las Vegas….I think it may be packed away… I’m past my time for wearing it but I could pass it on. I must do a search an rescue…. 🙂

    Thank you for the chance to win an ecopy of your book.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  3. That was quite a decision to make. I think you chose the right tie. Your book sounds like it will be a good one to read.

  4. Oh my, if I had to go through that many ties there definitely would be NO tie! LOL
    You made a good choice. I like the bolo but Continental Cross tie is perfect wedding attire. My cowboy wore a bow tie on our wedding day. He said, “Never again!”

  5. Welcome back, Donna!! So happy to see you. I hope you’ve been doing well and writing more great romances. I love all these pictures of the different ties. My favorite is the Continental Cross. It looks distinguished without going over the top. The ascot is plain sissified. I wouldn’t want a man I’m interested in to wear that. The wedding one is very nice though. And I’ve always liked the bolo.

    Congratulations on your new release! Looks like my reading list is growing. I love Christmas stories and this one really hooked me. Great cover.

    Wishing you tons of success!!

  6. Love the cover of this book. I think kerchiefs look good on cowboys.

  7. I think I like the Cravat one the best, but the Bolo for a cowboy wedding I think is very fitting… I am not sure I like the continental Cross tie, I guess because I am such a traditionalist..

  8. Interesting post, so many different styles. I also choose the continental cross tie.
    thank you

  9. I like what you picked, but would love to see what it looks like as the whole package…coat, vest, etc..

  10. I love the Continental Cross tie! it looks like something that cowboys would wear in 1800’s for a wedding and it still works for today! I love the idea because I think it would make them look like manly cowboys!!!

  11. Great post, Donna! And thanks for the links to all the different choices for ties. Who knew there were so many options? I like what you ended up choosing!!!

  12. As I read your story, I kept thinking: No, not that one, but I’ve seen the ‘cross’ and I like that one. And lo and behold it has a name! The Continental Cross. Who would have thunk? I have seen that at a lot of our western weddings where I live and it seems to fit better than any of the others. Your story sounds like a winner. Congratulations. and welcome back for a day.

  13. Love the Continental cross tie, you made the right choice! Love all the Cadence Creek books, and this one looks like a great way to warm up on a winter’s night. 🙂

    –Kirsten

  14. Hello Donna. My husband wore western suits for dress up.And usually a bolo tie is what I cll them. Maybe same as rhe string tie. My favorite was a dark leather string part with a p-retty turquoise stone. im sure your will be really good but no use to put my name in for can’t use e-books. Take good care of those cowboys now. Maxie Anderson

  15. Personally I’m a strict necktie/Windsor man, I do love the look of the cravat – It looks so wonderfully old fashioned, so, dare I say Darcy?

    But I fear one needs to have the looks of a Colin Firth to really wear that one with style 🙂

  16. I like the one you picked! Can’t wait to read the book!

  17. How fun to look at the various styles of ties! I think you made a great choice with the Continental Cross for the men of Cadence Creek. I can’t wait to read the newest release!

  18. Continental Cross Tie was a good choice. Bow tie and necktie are too common. The bolo is western, but not dressy enough for a dressy wedding. The others are just too fussy for a western theme.

    I will be looking for A CADENCE CREEK CHRISTMAS. Your books are always enjoyable. I appreciate your strong character development and touching stories. I hope the release goes very well for you.

  19. I think I’ll leave the knot tying to my husband though my daddy always wears the BOLO! He is so handsome with his boots, bolo, and leather vest.

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