This week’s article is going to be on ties and is inspired by the complete lack of them being worn by you guys! I can’t understand why most guys don’t jump at the opportunity to knot up and let a little bit of style and flair pop out of your outfit. Aside from a watch, the tie is the one truly masculine accessory that we have and can add a lot of different things to your outfit depending on the occasion. However, just for the purposes of this article, I’m going to stick to them within a casual context, more on office ties and formal occasions later.
Firstly, let’s clear a few things up. One of the main reasons a lot of men out there shy away from ties with their everyday clothes is because they remind them too much of ‘work’. Now that IS true but only if you’re buying a certain type of tie. You know the one I’m talking about, it’s about 5 inches at its widest point, is in a disgusting pattern/colour/flower/pianokey and you borrowed it off your Dad. Well, you can throw these out (and I’ll pretend you never had them) because these days ties have been slimmed down and updated just like everything else in Men’s fashion. Aside from the Indie man’s standard choice; the skinny tie, the ties you want to be looking for are no more than 2-3 inches at their widest point. Just try and keep your ties in proportion to the rest of your body, wider ties for the wider chests out there and vice versa.
Ties are great because they can really dress up your shirts in a simplistic way. Or, if you’re like me and don’t like being knotted all the way up to the neck, pulling it out a little bit is a great way to make even the most formal of outfits look a bit more relaxed and casual.
The one rule to remember when it does come to a tie though is what the tie is like. If it’s predominately neutral in colour then that gives you the options to go crazy with your shirts; I’m talking plaids, stripes, gingham or even madras for the summer. Whereas if your tie has a lot of patterns of colours on it then keep your shirt as simple as possible, think whites, blues, pinks, greys and blacks and let the tie do the talking guys.
The three main styles that ties come in are: -
They also come in a variety of materials. Mainly in cotton but there is also knitted ties for the winter and silk or seersucker for the summer months.
I think every guy should own a dark solid tie (and so does Tom Ford by the way), be it in black, navy or grey. It will go with almost everything you own and are a really easy way of dressing up your outfit. A striped tie with a neutral and a bright colour is always a great thing to have as well because it gives you more options colour-wise for the rest of your clothing and you’ll be seeing a lot of this for spring/summer too. I’m also a huge fan of knitted ties and would suggest that you get yourself one in black because they look fantastic with plaid shirts too.
And as always here is some fool-proof was of wearing your ties: -
For some great shirt and tie combinations check out the link here, it’s given me plenty of ideas over the past few months. Notice how all the ties pick out colours from the shirt and are predominately darker than the shirt colour; an easy rule to live by when it comes to shirt and tie combos.
Until next weeks guys,
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