課文:

There comes a time in each boy’s life when he feels an emptiness that can only be filled by a necktie. Ties make a strong statement with a man’s outfit when worn correctly.

emptiness:空虛
outfit:全套服裝、裝束

Width and length

Skinny ties are now in style – yes – but skinnier is not always better. Extremely narrow ties often seem just as bold as extremely wide ones. A tie at its widest point should equal the lapel at its widest point. Although a range of widths is acceptable, length is not negotiable: the tip of the tie should come just down to the belt.

skinny:薄的、極瘦的
extremely:極端地、非常
narrow:狹窄的
bold:大膽的、魯莽的
lapel:翻領
negotiable:可商量的、可協商的、可談判的
belt:腰帶

Knot and collar

Every man should be able to tie his own tie, and the most popular way is the four-in-hand knot. Like any knot, it looks more sophisticated with a dimple just below it. But no tie looks sophisticated if the collar covering it is too small, so don’t let the tie show in the back.

knot:結
collar:衣領
four-in-hand。平結、四手結
sophisticated:高雅的、很有品味的、優雅的、精緻的
dimple:淺凹
below:在下面

Color and pattern

Don’t go crazy – a bright tie matched with a loud shirt is usually a mistake. A colorful shirt is best balanced by a simple tie or vice versa. Keeping the season in mind is also important when choosing designs and colors.

Once you’ve mastered these directions, you’ll hear a satisfied sigh – it’s the sound of your neck (and your fashion sense) thanking you.

loud:衣服太過鮮艷的
vice versa:反過來也一樣、反之亦然


文法:
There comes a time in … life when …
(在…的生命中總有…的時候)

特別補充:
popped collar
:立領
get carried away:因做事太專心而忽略其他事、得意忘形(= to do something more than is necessary)
homophone:同音異義字
anagram:重新排列字母順序
non-negotiable:沒有商量空間的

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