Polka dot patterns have been part of the fabric industry for over 200 years now. The first ones to use this design in clothing were the British. It is said that no other than, Beau Brummell (1778-1840) himself wore polka dots in his attire. Beau Brummell is said to be the arbiter of men's fashion in regency England. Some people even call him the inventor of the modern suit for men, and his early influence on men's fashion is still evident today.
During the same time period that Polka Dots were introduced in clothing, Polish Polka music became popular, and although there is no real connection between polka dots and Polka music, the pattern got the name from there. With a little imagination however a connected between the two can be seen: The Polka dance got its name from the Polish word "pulka," meaning half-step, as in the dance. Perhaps this delightful dance, that takes one around in circles was the inspiration for the polka dot pattern.
In men's fashion the Polka dot dates back to the 18th century in Great Britain. Especially accessories such as bow ties and neckties were popular in polka dot patterns. By the late 19th century the polka dot pattern was on the decline and striping patterns in neckties was the predominant style in Great Britain. Not until the 1960s the Polka dot pattern became once again popular. It is a little unclear what originated the re-birth of this lively design. Some argue that Brian Hyland's number one hit "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" from 1960 was the major influence of this come-back while consider Walt Disney to be the one that brought this forgotten pattern back in style when he dressed Mickey Mouse in a red dress with red polka dot pattern in 1961.
During the 1960s the polka dot pattern was once again popular a commonly seen on women's dresses as well as men's neck ties and bow ties. Today Polka dots are still present in men's fashion. Especially smaller polka dot patterns on neckties and bow ties are quite popular. Most common color The combinations for men's polka dot ties today are On by red and white, by blue and white, by blue and yellow, and by silver and black.
How to Match Polka Dot Ties
Combining different patterns in dress shirt, necktie and suit is much easier than it initially seems. If you follow the basic rule to combined patterns that are different in size, then you will have no problem to match your polka dot ties. A necktie with small polka dot pattern would go very well with a drepolss shirt that has a medium to large size checkered pattern. Ties with large polka dot patterns are much less common in men's fashion today and are typically seen more often on less formal novelty ties. The same rule will still apply: Match the necktie that has large polka dots with a narrow striped dress shirt or fine …
Whether you need a gift for Christmas, a birthday or other occasion, anime fans can be hard to buy for, especially if you know little about the world known as "anime". First, let me explain a little about it. Anime is a type of animation that started in Japan. Basically, you can call it a Japanese version of cartoons. However, it has some big differences. Where American animation tends to be geared primarily towards children, there are actually many types of anime, geared for many ages and interests. For instance, there are series targeted squarely at young boys, young girls, young women and so on. There are also adult series, with more adult themes and content. There are also many different thematic styles of anime, including those centered around robots (called mecha), romantic series, fighting series, school life series and so on.
In order for you to choose a fantastic gift for the Japanese animation fan in your life, you first need an idea of what anime series or at least what kind of theme they enjoy. Find out by perusing their DVD collection or checking what they watch on TV. Once you know the series they like, here are some suggestions for surefire gifts for any anime fan:
Manga is simply the Japanese version of comic books or graphic novels. Many anime series are based on a manga series. Any anime fan would love the original manga their favorite series is based on. For original Japanese manga, you can usually find some on eBay and at Japanese importers like JustManga and Manga.com. For the most popular series, like Inuyasha, you can find English translated manga books at many major bookstores.
Live Action and Japanese Drama DVD's
Some anime and manga series have a live action version, like Sailor Moon, that a Sailor Moon fan would likely be interested in. If they seem interested in Japanese culture, then consider getting them some Japanese TV drama series. There are many Japanese drama series aimed at tweens and teens that usually take place in school or high school. Check out Nodame Cantabile, Hana Yori Dango and Gokusen, each was based on anime or manga series or both. Look for these series at places like YesAsia and on eBay. Make sure to get the English subtitled versions.
Some anime series, like Gundam, Neon Genesis Evangelion and others, have many toys available. If you really want to get a special gift, try to get some of the toys that are imported from Japan. Toys available include action figures, vehicles, stuffed toys, models and dolls. You can find toys for the most popular series at major toy stores, but for not so popular series, try eBay, YesAsia and other import websites.
Many of the most popular anime series like Naruto, Inuyasha and Bleach also have video games based on them. This is a great gift idea since what fan would not want to play a game as their favorite character? Make …