Ties have been around for centuries. They come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes. As a young boy ties can be looked at as boring, uncomfortable and even stuffy. A boy eventually grows older and begins to mature into gentlemen the tie then becomes another accessory to their personal style and wardrobe. Today we are going to start our journey into the world of the gentlemen’s tie.
A tie can really make any man’s outfit look dapper, but with the wrong color, pattern, or fabric their outfit can go from dapper to sloppy pretty quick. So where in the world does a man even begin to search where colors, patterns, and fabrics seem to be an endless sea of choices? For many men what seems to be the easiest fix is to only have one or two ties in their closet. For years they have worn the same outfit with the same solid or striped tie to weddings, funerals, and on religious holidays. Guys we can change this today with some simple guidelines. Trust me I have been in this same situation before. First let’s look at what’s out there.
The Classic Solid Tie. When we start talking ties and looking around the best place to start is with the classic solid colored tie. Why? The classic solid tie is the easiest one to match with your wardrobe. Now before you get all excited I have to be responsible and warn you. Even though this is an easy feat to accomplish, you still have to be careful that you don’t “over match.” Nothing sticks out like a sore thumb than when you look like you put way too much thought and effort into picking out at tie for your outfit. For example, avoid the black tie matched with a black shirt, and black suit. Remember to think about what compliments the shirt or suit you’re about to wear. Be adventurous and try something new.
The Classic Striped Tie. I personally like the striped tie. It seems to be the next logical step in advancing one’s knowledge of ties and style. One could say it’s the next safest step to take. The reason for this is because you can compliment a solid colored suit with a striped tie. These ties comes is various sizes of stripes. Always consider the size of the stripes when selecting your tie in case it ends up being matched against fine pinstripes or checkered patterns.
The Classic Plaid Tie. If you want to expand your experience with ties plaid is a great way to start. I am a fan of this design because it is creative and has a beautiful way of pulling people’s eyes toward the design with less concentration on the shirt you’re wearing. When you decide to wear a tie like this I encourage you to use solid colored shirts and suits to compliment with this tie.
The Crazy Tie. I personally place all Polka dots and paisley ties in this category. There is nothing wrong with these selections of ties, but they have to worn correctly in order to truly compliment your outfit. Make sure when using one of these ties that you compliment your shirt and suit by avoiding secondary colors that will cause a clash.
Purchasing a Tie. When you go into a store or look for a purchase on online, don’t be mesmerized and led astray by the color or pattern. Remember that “quality” is number one when looking for any piece of clothing. Take your time looking for quality material. Investigate and make sure the tie is constructed well. Always look to see what the tie is made from. Silk is good, but keep your eyes peeled for materials like polyester. Polyester doesn’t have the same high qualities as silk and it will eventually show.
Wearing the Tie. Gentlemen, when you decide to wear a tie keep in mind that the function of the tie is to compliment and enhance your suit or dress shirt. So the great question once again arises: “What tie do I wear with this?” When looking to compliment your wardrobe consider the following:
- Pattern. We’re aware now that there are all sorts of patterns and designs for ties. What we need to know are the rules of “dos” and “don’ts.” Make sure that no two pieces of clothing have the same pattern size. If we’re not careful this is where we can create a clash. An example of what not to do is wearing a pinstriped suit with a striped tie. The patterns are too close together.
- Color. If you’re a typical man, color doesn’t always come easy and that’s ok. It’s a journey, but it’s a journey we all need to become comfortable with. When trying to match colors you want to make sure they are in harmony with one another. Keep it simple. If you have second thoughts about them, then listen to yourself. Don’t build your foundation around your tie. Start with you shirt then add your trousers and then your tie. Another example is to start with your suit, then shirt, and then your tie. Never build your wardrobe around the tie.
- Size. When it comes to ties it’s important to consider the size. When you’re purchasing a tie to wear it’s important to think about your height and weight. I know this sounds silly, but it makes a difference. Let’s keep it simple guys. If you are slender in your build, stick with skinny ties. If you are a little more hefty or larger in size stick to wearing a wider tie.
Finally it’s important to actually know how to tie a necktie. Every dapper gentleman should know how to do this. In this article I have left you with a little “How to” sheet from my friends over at The Art of Manliness. Thanks again for all of your support and enjoy.