A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.
– Oscar Wilde
First, Some Things You Should Know
- Your tie should anchor your outfit, not eclipse it
- Your tie knot should always cover the collar band of your shirt (where the top button is)
- If it doesn’t, it’s too loose
- Your tie should end at the midpoint of your belt buckle when you’re standing
- Novelty ties are not funny or cute
- Leave Spongebob in the ocean
- Always untie and hang your tie when done wearing it
- Leaving it in a knot will ruin its shape
How Skinny is Skinny?
In my travels, I’ve found ties as skinny as 1.5 inches. Unless you are a literal bean stalk, that’s going too far. For most guys, I recommend a tie between 2.25 and 3 inches at the widest point (typically the outer edges of the bottom point).
Life. Flowers are blooming as color fights back the grays of winter. The world exudes color and so can you. The two repp (striped) ties and the knit tie are made of a year-round silk. The green and blue are linen and cotton respectively for those hot summers days when you still want to look good.
The colors fades, and this quirky (in a good way) bow tie will fit right in on your annual leaf watching trip. As more muted tones take over, the silk knit gray and black tie provides a great option for business casual environments or drinks with friends – it’s a close cousin of the black knit silk that’s coming up. The other four ties are all wool. Charcoal and blue – the reserved anchor in cold weather, and the green and blue plaid shows that just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t have some color.
Both of these ties are made of year-round silk, so they can be worn almost in almost any environment. GQ recommends a black knit tie as the only tie you need, and Esquire loves the knit because the texture sets you apart from the pack. I wholeheartedly agree, and this version from The Tie Bar will save you $100 versus the GQ recommendation. The fine dots give a classic formality with just a hint of fun.
BONUS: The Only Tie Bar You’ll Need:
- Brushed Silver or Steel: 1.25 inches
- Place it between the 3rd and 4th buttons of your shirt
While yellow gold is beginning to make a comeback, white gold still reigns. This tie bar will go with everything you own from wide ties to skinny, and it’s just subtle enough to look classy in ever situation… unless your an oil sheik, and well then.. go for something flashy.
Ties aren’t so scary, and when you get into them, they’ll let you add your personality to a tailored suit or sport coat in a way that says “Yeah, I do know a thing or two. Thanks for noticing.”