The humble tie is often overlooked as a men’s fashion accessory, usually worn out of necessity to the office or for those all-important formal occasions. However, the world of stylish neckwear is constantly expanding, with a whole range of luxurious and creative options now awaiting you from both independent artisans and big-name brands.
If you’re looking to impress this season, be it at a meeting or a family wedding, a summer-ready design could do just the trick. From bold prints to lightweight textures, there’s sure to be something for everyone in our countdown below.
1. Suitsupply Green Tie
Don’t be afraid to go green this summer with this understated option by Amsterdam’s Suitsupply.
Crafted from a cotton, linen and silk blend, the mossy shade and herringbone texture will add a touch of safari to any ensemble; try it with a white shirt and cropped khaki trousers for a modern take on the aesthetic.
Available at Suitsupply, priced £39.
2. Reiss Exmouth Tie
Add some Riviera charm to your warm-weather tailoring with a tie in a pastel shade.
This dusty pink version from British brand Reiss is crafted from pure linen for a lightweight, seasonally-appropriate feel – try teaming it with an unstructured beige cotton suit and tan suede loafers for a comfortable yet sophisticated ensemble.
Available at Reiss, priced £40.
3. ASOS Tie With Leaf Print
Want to get in on the florals trend but not keen on donning a Hawaiian shirt? Try a botanical tie instead.
This season, ASOS has managed to transform a bold leaf pattern into something rather refined, producing this black and white tie that is sure to draw admiring glances.
Combine with a lean-fitting black suit with narrow lapels (that complement the tie’s skinny cut) and a crisp white dress shirt for an on-trend monochrome look.
Available at ASOS, priced £8.
4. J.Crew English Silk Tweed Tie In Dot
If your existing line-up of business ties is more bland than beautiful, liven up your collection with this textured number by J.Crew.
Handmade in New York City’s Long Island City from English silk tweed, it is both smart and office-appropriate while offering something different to traditional striped silk designs.
We would team with a sky blue shirt and navy suit for a head-to-toe tonal look.
Available at J.Crew, priced £69.50.
5. Marwood Summer Silk Mint Dust Tie
Back by popular demand, British tailoring brand Marwood has re-released its summer silk mint dust tie in a limited run for summer 2015.
Handmade here in the UK, its textured woven silk construction and subtle colouring make it ideal for warmer weather, ensuring a sophisticated finish no matter what the occasion.
We see this option working beautifully with a mid-blue suit that picks out the subtle flecks in the tie.
Available at Marwood, priced £115.
6. Drake’s Herringbone Silk Tie
If you’re after a tie that will last you beyond the summer, feast your eyes on this investment piece by London-based specialist Drake’s.
Renowned for its high-end formal accessories, the brand has created a fail-safe option for gentlemen of all ages, with the herringbone weave and timeless grey tones guaranteed to complement your existing tailoring collection.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £125.
7. Paul Smith Brown Muted Stripe
Hello, seventies! This Paul Smith tie has a real throwback feel, with tonal brown stripes transporting us back to the disco era.
Now that the decade is back on-trend, pair with cropped chinos and a suede bomber jacket for a retro look with a contemporary twist.
Facial hair and oversized glasses optional.
Available at Paul Smith, priced £80.
8. Richard James Cyan Knitted Silk Tie
Savile Row stalwart Richard James is renowned for its contemporary take on formalwear – and this tie proves why.
Hand woven in Italy from beautifully weighted silk, the fresh cyan shade is both striking and seasonally-appropriate, conjuring images of clear turquoise seas and vacations in far-off destinations.
Try it with a pale grey or beige suit for a light and airy feel.
Available at Richard James, priced £75.
9. T.M.Lewin Herringbone Silk Tie
If you want to make a splash at that upcoming summer wedding, consider this striking yellow tie by T.M.Lewin.
Guaranteed to have you standing out from the crowd, this soft lemon shade is easier to wear than you may think. Simply anchor with a white shirt and navy suit to let your tie do all the talking.
Keep your other accessories pared-back and muted so as to not overcomplicate your outfit.
Available at T.M.Lewin, priced £27.95.
10. Turnbull & Asser Polka Dot Silk Tie
A contemporary take on the classic navy Churchill spot tie, this striking cobalt blue polka dot tie from storied British brand Turnbull & Asser will help breathe life into all your existing formal looks.
Combine with a mid-grey three-piece or peak lapel navy two-piece and a white dress shirt for an outfit that wouldn’t look out of place whether you’re sitting in the boardroom or standing at the alter.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £105.