Did you know that 94.6% of people who identify as butch also love ties? I'll bet you didn't, because I just made that up. But c'mon: ties are awesome. My own partner's irrational distaste for ties notwithstanding, ties butch up an outfit, add color, and are just plain fun to wear. I especially love plaid ones, and ties also happen to be the most popular section of the Butch Store, so I know I'm not alone.
I don't know if it's because our fathers shared their fashion secrets with our brothers instead of us, but many butches have told me things along the lines of, "When it comes to ties, I don't know what I'm doing! They seem so complicated to take care of!" I'm here to alleviate your fears. Check out the rest of this post and before you know it, your male friends will be coming to you for advice.
First, because people are still asking me about the best ways to store their ties, I'll repeat a piece of advice I shared a few years ago. There are only two good ways to store your ties. ONLY two. Here's an all-inclusive list:
Here's a non-all-inclusive list of unacceptable ways to store your ties:
And here are some other pro tips for keeping your ties in tip-top shape:
Finally, dear readers, don't hesitate to thin your tie collection as your personal style evolves and changes. If a tie is out of fashion, or you feel at all silly wearing it, or you feel like it would look better on your father, get rid of it! There's something undeniably butch and lovely about having a bunch of ties to choose from, but there's no sense in amassing ties that no longer fit your personality. It's better to have 10-15 ties you like than a ton of ties you're just hanging onto and never wear. If you don't love all your ties, you're much less likely to put effort into taking good care of them.