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TIP OF THE DAY: A Boon For Messy Eaters

Tie one on! say the father and son team behind DressTiez, and we couldn’t agree more.

We fall into the category of unintentionally messy eaters. We don’t want to drip pizza, sauce and other runny foods down the front of our shirts and sweaters; but we invariably do.

During our teen years, when crisp white shirts were the fashion, our dry cleaner told us to switch to dark colors. He couldn’t get the food stains out.


Dark colors still show all the food we’ve dropped on ourselves and require just as much dry cleaning. But the results are happier: Our washed and dry-cleaned clothes are returned with no stains.

We also learned to avoid eating messy foods—juicy burgers, fondue, powdered doughnuts, ribs, spaghetti—with anyone other than close friends and family.



DressTiez are an elegant solution for messy adults. Here, navy from the Classic Series. Photo courtesy DressTiez.

With them, we tucked our napkin under our chin. With new acquaintances and business associates, we developed a technique, discretely holding the napkin to our chest with one hand as we used our fork with the other.



Red with a paisley lining, from the Designer
Series. Photo courtesy DressTiez.


If only DressTiez existed back then.

This new product, a sophisticated-looking, waterproof adult bib, keeps your clothing immaculate. You can eat with the confidence that your clothes remain completely protected, no matter how drippy your victuals.

The polyester bib with a Velcro closure is machine washable, but it’s even easier than that:

Returning after a messy dinner of pizza and Caesar salad, we simply wet a nail brush, ran it across the soap and scrubbed off the dried pizza sauce, strings of mozzarella and drippy dressing with ease.


  • Classic Series in black, charcoal or navy
  • Designer series in black, brown, green, navy, purple, royal blue or wine, with bright contrasting linings
  • Limited Collection, made with limited and vintage fabrics, in solid colors with patterned linings
  • Custom Series with embroidered expressions (Mangia!, Bon Appétit, Happy Birthday) and other design elements

    DressTiez are $29.95 each ($39.99 for the Custom Series) and are nicely gift boxed. They easily fit in a handbag or pocket.

    Our only wish is that the mesh drawstring bag provided to tote the bib were of a different design (we switched it out for one of the numerous zipper cases we had on hand).

    But this is a new company, and we wish them lots of success. We’ll do our part by forwarding the website to other messy users of our acquaintance.

    Get your DressTiez at


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