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How to stay stylish as you get older!

How to stay stylish as you get older!


Stylish old man - how to stay stylish as you grow olderTime sure does fly, we've all know people who seem to get stuck in their generation and can't seem to escape, you know the stuck in the 70's, or stuck in the 80's type of look and they just can't escape.  Don't be that guy, keep up with the times, adapt!  

The other day,  I was looking for a shirt in my closet and came across some scary pieces of outdated clothing.  My first thought .... maybe I'll wear this sweater someday, I stopped myself right there because this the start of getting stuck in your generation and wearing outdated clothing.  I immediately asked myself if would go out and buy this piece of clothing right now in this moment, my answer was obvious 'NO' which meant I had to throw all these old pieces in a bag and drop them off at my local used clothing depot. 

Ok, you might say getting rid of my old clothes won't keep me up with the times for style but it's a step in the right direction and it sure will help to make sure you don't go back in time with your fashion.  

Now that your old clothes are gone; how do I stay stylish as I grow older,  here are some tips to growing old and staying stylish:

Pick up a style Magazine

Pick up a Magazine or two; magazines like Esquire, Men’s Health, GQ always go out of their way to keep their reader informed on what’s hot and what’s not in fashion.  These magazines are great resources to find out men’s fashion, style news, trends and menswear designers.  You don’t have to read these magazines every month but pick up let’s say one a year, this will keep you sharp enough with your style and honestly, they're good bathroom reading materials.


watch shows like the Oscars and Billboard awards, take a look around and observe. Fashion-forward movie and rock stars help set the trends, keep an eye on the clothing, the accessories these famous people are wearing. You don't have to go as extreme as their wardrobe but just head in that direction

Social Media
Check out what's going on your social network.  For instance, you can check your Instagram and find influencers in fashion with a high following and lots of engagement. These influencers are up to speed on fashion trends and know what's going on.
Hair Stylist/Barber
Talk to your hair stylist or if you don't have a hair stylist then talk to your barber.   They know what's trending for hair and grooming. Keep your hair and grooming on trend with the times and get rid of that 80's rocker hair.
Travelling to new countries ,you can often find new style trends for clothing and accessories by immersing in a new culture and different locations. As an outsider, you can really notice what's in fashion for these cultures.
Go for a walk or a run
Maybe you can't afford to go an exotic vacation to some foreign country but you can go for a walk or run around you City.  You would be surprised what you can learn from people watching around your own City.  Most cities have a trendy fashion area, go for walk/run in and be attentive what people are wearing.  You can easily spot trends and introduce some of these trends into your wardrobe.
These are some tips to keep your clothes from becoming stale and keep you on trend with fashion.  


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The Easiest Way How To Tie A Bow Tie

It’s time to up your game from a clip-on bow tie to an actual grown man’s bow tie and that’s going to take some practice. Not many men know how to even tie a regular tie, let alone a bow tie, but with some practice, you’ll be a pro in no time! And if you haven’t added bow ties to your closet, it’s time you get a few because it’s become the go-to accessory in men’s fashion!

To start, place the bow tie of your choice (here’s a great selection over your neck so that each end is hanging down on either side. Know that one end of the bow tie should be longer than the other side by a few inches (if you’re right handed, it should be longer on your right side and on the left side if you’re left handed).

Cross the longer end of the bow tie over the other side so that it forms an “X” on your chest. Then bring the longer end right underneath the shorter end and bring it out from the center up to your face (it’s sort of like tying a shoe lace at this point). With the longer end up on your face, it’s time to fold the shorter end that’s still hanging down horizontally into a bow shape.

Now place the longer end over the shorter end so that it starts to shape the middle of the bow before folding that same long end horizontally. Finally insert that longer end through the loop you’ve created at the back of the shorter end and pull both ends together gently to tighten the knot that you’ve just created. And volia – you’ve tied you’re first bow tie!

But don’t be discouraged if your first bow tie comes out lopsided or imperfect because it’ll take some practice to get it just right. Take a few minutes out of your day to practice tying a bow tie in the mirror and you’ll get the hang of it. Then the hard part will be trying to decide on what bow tie to accessorize your outfit with (like these Rome, Maestro or Gneiss options)!



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      Want to look good this summer?

      Want to look good this summer?

      Summer is just around the corner, and we are certainly loving it! There’s something about the warm sunshine and blossoms that just has us grinning to ourselves. But our favourite part of the season, is how fashion mirrors nature by bursting with fresh, gorgeous colours. And no, we aren’t just talking about the ladies!

      We love ourselves a well-dressed man, and nothing adds that touch of gentlemanly style quite like a bow-tie. We at Mule Ties have a brand new collection available now, in a kaleidoscope of gorgeous summery hues to add a burst of freshness to your look. From floral neckties to vibrant pocket squares, it’s all here this season.

      For those of you who have done this before, you already know the power of the right accessory, and how best to make it complete and complement your ensemble. As for the beginners, have no fear – we’ve got your back!

      In the current day and age, wearing such accessories as bowties, lapel pins or pocket squares is sometimes considered ‘flamboyant’. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. But your ensemble needn’t echo the flamboyancy by looking over-the-top. As with all accessories, it’s important that they complement your look without overpowering it. And that in itself, can be a fine art. For starters, limit yourself to no more than 2-3 accessories. While it can be tempting to go the whole nine yards with neckties, lapel pins, pocket squares, watches, belt buckles and socks, it’s always a good idea to err on the side of caution. The old adage ‘Less is more’ still holds true when it comes to fashion.

      Spring and summer are great seasons to break out linen pants or suits, with a crisp cotton shirt. Accessorize with a colourful bowtie to keep it summery, while lending your ensemble a charming individuality. For a more formal outing, a vibrant pocket square is both dapper and delightful. And if you’re in more of a quirky mood, we also have bowties with some offbeat illustration prints that are sure to make a statement!

      So this season, freshen up the classic gentlemanly look with your own personal touch. Choose from the wide range of accessories we have at, or give us a call and our team of expert stylists will help you create a look that’s definitively ‘you’.  Mule Ties is a Calgary, AB based e-commerce store where we offer pickup to local Calgarians.

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      Fashion Talk - It's All About Balance

      ZZ Top sure hit the nail on its head when they sang “Every girl’s crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man”. While style has always been subjective (and should be!), you can’t argue that making a little bit of an effort with your look certainly leaves an impression. And sometimes ‘old school’ can be very ‘right now’!

      Take neck-ties for example – These slender lengths of fabric, when worn right, can take your look from “Meh” to “My, My” in a jiffy! And while the dapper gents of yesteryear had but a few options in this department, today’s gentlemen can choose from neck-ties in a plethora of fabrics and textures – silk, seersucker, flannel, wool, straight cotton and Madras checks, to name only a few.

      Welcome to Mule Ties! Here, we love to celebrate all that’s dapper and trendy in the world of men’s fashion accessories. Based in Calgary in Alberta, Canada, the Mule Ties team works tirelessly to curate a fabulous collection of men’s fashion accessories for the discerning gentleman. After all, why should women have all the fun?

      It isn’t just neck-ties that can transform your look. A classy bow-tie can add brilliant dimension, lending your ensemble a flavour that’s equal parts vintage and hipster. Add to that the variety of fabrics and textures they are available in today, and you’ve got yourself a fun way to infuse individualistic style into an otherwise mundane ensemble. Not too comfortable with tying a bow-tie yourself? A good clip-on can look just as stylish. Either way, a bow-tie is a lot more versatile than you might think. Don’t just reserve them for tuxedos; a smart buttondown shirt and well-tailored pants can be turned into something extraordinary. Add a pair of suspenders, and you might have to deal with a few weak-kneed ladies!

      Feeling a little more adventurous? A lovely floral lapel will give your outfit a touch of romanticism for a special occasion, perfect for weddings or special dates. And no, there’s nothing girly about adding a floral element to your look. Quite the contrary, the contrast can actually make you look a little more rugged than usual! Pick from classic solid colours, subtle textures, or quirky prints, to make the trend your own.

      So visit us at today. Or call us directly 1-800-425-2807, and our team of stylists will help you find that perfect addition to your wardrobe. We may be based in Calgary, Canada, but the accessories we curate are universally stylish!


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      Celebrities Who Know How to Rock a Bow Tie


      Celebrities Who Know How to Rock a Bow Tie 

      When it comes to dressing well, Hollywood leading men tend to lead the pack. They are able to wear neckties and bow ties in ways that make regular men want to revamp their entire wardrobe. This is never more evident that it is during awards season. The bow tie, the necktie's more dapper cousin, helps leading men to look their best.

      So who are the leading men who wear their bow ties the best? Let's take a closer look at a few stars who put their counterparts to shame with their bow tie game.

       Jay Z

       While the hip hop mogul is typically associated with street fashion, he is beginning to change his appearance as middle age sets in. Or perhaps we can blame Beyonce's influence for Jay's increasingly dapper appearance. The man simply known as Hova and is one of the most powerful executives in the music industry now dresses the part, with a variety of bow ties and neck ties.

       Jared Leto

       Leto turned heads with his Oscar winning performance in the critically acclaimed film Dallas Buyers Club. But he also turns heads when he steps out onto the red carpet, with a dazzling collection of bow ties and neck ties. He is regularly included on a variety of best dressed lists and much like Jay Z, also has close ties to the music industry, thanks to the success of his band 30 Seconds To Mars.

        Joseph Gordon Levitt

       Levitt has experienced a meteoric rise to the top of Hollywood's A list. It's safe to say he has a come long way from his humble beginnings as a precocious child actor in movies such as Angels In The Outfield and TV shows like 3rd Rock From The Sun. Levitt puts his acting peers to shame with his simplistic, yet classy fashion sense, which includes a wide range of neck ties and bow ties. His counterparts would do well to take a few fashion tips from the man they call JGL.

      Robert Downey Jr.

       Even though Downey has amassed a small fortune playing Tony Stark in the world famous Iron Man series, he has not let the success go to his head or his wardrobe. It's easy to see that Downey has taken a few hints from his well-dressed alter ego. Or perhaps Tony Stark has taken a few hints from him?

      Ryan Gosling

       While Gosling, an actor who is widely considered to be the most attractive man in Hollywood, could easily step out in just about any outfit and still make women swoon, he opts for the classy look that a bow tie provides. A true symbol of old school cool and understated elegance, Gosling is a regular presence on best dressed lists all over Hollywood and should remain firmly entrenched on every woman's wish list for years to come.

      Calgary based Mule Ties,  we sell the latest fashionable ties, bow ties, watches, jewelry and much more.

      Check out our accessories at


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      The Eco Friendly Wood for Fashion?


      We see it everywhere and anywhere we go - houses, buildings, furnitures, when camping, water sports, it's literally everywhere we go!  Who would've thought wood can be used for fashion?!  When my business partner/bf and I started a fashion accessory business online selling ties and bow ties,  he mentioned to me the idea of adding wood watches to our collection.  I was a bit skeptical.  I've just never seen anything like it!  A watch that is made out of wood?!  Well, that's just weird...and different.  I started checking these wood watches on the internet, styles, models, colours, etc.  And to my surprise I've started liking them myself and eventually began to get curious how good they would sell out in the market.

      So, it has now been roughly six months since we launched our site and the watches so far have been selling great!  Why do people buy them?!  They are made out of wood, not leather nor gold!  Our customers buy them not because they're looking for a new watch, they buy them because it's wood, it's unique, it's a wood watch!  Not to mention they're eco-friendly and all natural - there is something very appealing when you hear the word 'all-natural', of course you have to be smart not to wear them in the rain:)

      So next time you're looking for a unique watch  - consider getting yourself or your special someone a wood watch! It's unique; it's different.  Wood for fashion you ask?  Why not! Grab yours now :)

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      Dapper the Holidays!


      Shopping for the dapper, debonair person in your life this holiday has never been easier! Today's retailers are responding to a major increase in searches for fashionable clothing items, like cool bow ties, wooden watches, and other unique accessories. This uptick in interest has led to an explosion of options for online shopping, making your holiday hit list easier to accomplish than ever before! Read on for a quick guide on some of the trendiest pieces this holiday season, and bring a little heat to your frosty winter celebration.

      Skinny Ties, Bow Ties, Neckwear Galore!

      Got someone on your list who won't settle for a basic necktie? Or maybe want to treat yourself to something a bit more grownup this holiday season? Try moving beyond the bland to try a kick bow tie or a sleek skinny tie. From classic brown bow ties to a range of funky colors and patterns, the bow tie allows for a range of personal tastes and styles in one effortlessly cool silhouette. A statement bow tie makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the style maven in your life, and it can also carry your own personal style through every holiday engagement you'll need to weather this season!

      Prefer something a bit more traditional? The skinny tie blends trend with tradition in a cool look that's easy to pull off for just about anyone. From preppy plaids to cozy knits, the skinny tie offers something for everyone in one sleek look. Finish off the gift with a tie clip or a solid button down shirt to offer a perfect palette for the new tie!

      Wood Works

      Another major style trend this year is the wooden fashion accessory. From wooden sunglasses to wooden watches, this look offers something both down to earth and totally cutting edge. Wooden watched pair well with just about any look; you can dress it up with a suit, or dress it down with jeans. adding just the right amount of interest to a classic accessory, the wooden watch is a great gift that, along with wooden sunglasses, has been on a trending upswing all year long.

      Bling for All

      What could be finer than a jewelry box under the tree? With more online fashion retailers offering trendy unisex jewelry pieces, it's easier than ever to find the perfect bracelet, necklace, or ring for every person on your list. Choose a classic black piece sure to pair with a number of looks, or opt for an eyecatching metal, like rose gold. Stackable rings and statement rings have been trending all year long. A bold, chunky ring works well on anyone's hand, no matter how masculine or feminine their style. You can never go wrong with a simple gold or silver chain; and if you choose a chain with a trendy pendant, you'll be sure to please the bold fashionista in your family or friend group!

      Bring a little fashionable cheer is simpler than tying a necktie, so get on it, and dapper your holiday this year!


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      The Art of Style

      Nothing looks more stunning on a man than a suit adorned with a classic bow tie. For most the idea of entertaining a bowtie is kept strictly for movie stars on the red carpet, black-tie affairs, and weddings but the addition of a bowtie to your already eclectic look can keep your style fresh and modern. Men who enjoy fashion and know how to pull off the look can open up a style element that is all your own by adding a bow tie in unexpected ways. Bowties are becoming a cult classic in the fashion world reining in as one of the must have wardrobe accessories of the season for both men and women. For tips and style inspiration on how to pull off the bow tie look read, The Art of Style.


      Fashion requires a muse and in this case we have three. Take a page from these 'men of style' books and find new ways to love the bow tie.


      Marc Jacobs

      One of the most influential male fashion designers on the planet and because of his gorgeous unique style he is also one of the most talked about celebrity fashion designers as well. With his flair and attention to detail he pulls off fashion trends like a true professional. The muse himself tends to wear bow ties in the highest fashion regard and usually steps out into the spotlight wearing a tux or something with a little more flair. Either way, knowing when to take risks and when to not is how to pull off the stunning Marc Jacobs bowtie style.


      Style Tip: Black tie events require just that. If you are expected to show up wearing formal attire try to not stray too far from the dress code. If you are searching for something a little more fashion forward paring your regular black tux with a leather bowtie from MuleTies is the perfect way to make Marc proud.



      Brad Goreski

      Everyone is aware of the fabulous and fashionable, bowtie wearing, color enthusiast and former assistant for stylist to the stars, Rachel Zoe. As Brad ventured out on his own he continues to show us all how much he loves his bowties! If you are feeling a bit more nostalgic and want to pay homage to Mr. Goreski himself the MuleTies collections feature an array of stylish bowties. From the Brown Squirrel to 99 Balloons each one will keep your look fresh, trendy and very Brad like.



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