Despite their reputation for stuffiness, ties can be a great medium for self-expression, though it is a pity that's how we chose to express ourselves against Switzerland. Get more creative and sophisticated than even Capello, with Cyberoptix Ties
Now available in the UK from Detroit -- the city that gave us both punk-rocker Iggy Pop and roots-popper Bob Seger -- Lab's hand-silkscreened neckcessories strike a delicate balance between whimsy and class, with unusual and inventive designs printed onto skinny, narrow, and regular styles. A cross-section of goods
Cut Throat: This straight-razor chevron number comes with silver blades on black microfiber, or red backing black blades -- perhaps a reference to the Black Blade wielded by the Michael Moorcock fantasy character "Elric of Melniboné"...or perhaps not!
Ex Libris: This more gothic silken job apparently traces its roots to the 16thC, where books were "imprinted with a skull, hourglass, and intertwined snakes, typically to signify the identity of the owner" -- and if it didn't resemble the owner back then, it certainly does now
Experiment: These old-timey burets, condensers, and pipe designs are all taken from an antique laboratory glassware catalogue, so you'll always look like the guy with the solution.
Other inventiveness includes the irreverently pun-ish Swinger (doing so from a chandelier), and the elegantly complex pattern (taken from a geometric figure known as "Metatron's Cube") of Haute Maths, a subject that teaches us no matter how good the players, 2 and 2 are still equal numbers.