Suit shopping always seems to get tedious when it comes to buying a tie. What colour? What pattern? How big? Well, there are easy answers to all of these, and that’s what we’re going to look at in today’s blog.
Colouring your tie: Your tie is a less of an accessory to your suit and more of a support beam, behind every great man is a semi educated choice in which tie to wear. It’s important that you keep the colour correct and consistent when you’re out tie shopping, and here’s how. Keep the contrast on point; light tie with a dark suit and dark tie with a light suit. But we can go a little deeper, contrasting colours are great! Yellow ties on a blue suit are the most common but for a more royal look try a purple tie on a cream suit.
Size is always important. Fitting matters more than all else, there’s no use in a nice suit that doesn’t fit. So when it comes to fitting a tie you need to make sure that you get the right size for your suit or body. A great tip is to pay in cash; this is because a for the average man, the width of a tie needs to only be a little below the short side of a £20 note. So kill two birds with one stone and keep your tie mesurer on hand to pay with! And in terms of length, try it on, if you can’t make it reach your belt, or you can’t keep it above you need another size.
To pattern or not to pattern? Patterns can totally bring life to your suit, and it’s a great idea if done right. First off matching the tie to the pocket square is key, it often looks out of place when a tie is overly bright and patterned with no other related pieces on the suit. The second tip is picking a pattern that goes with the colour. Without going into too much detail about the science of colour; soft colours like pinks and blues look best with flowing shapely patterns like paisley, and brighter bolder colours like reds, yellows, and greens look better with more detailed geometric patterns.
Bow ties are great, but they work entirely different to ties. Make sure your bow tie fits your tie. Like I said, entirely different to ties. You want to make sure your suit and bow tie are the same, this means your shirt is the main form of contrast on the suit. A shirt with a pattern or design is usually a good choice.
Fifth and finally, which knot do you use? Windsor? Umm… the other kind? There are different knots for different needs. The main kinds are the windsor knot, the half windsor, and the four-in-hand. For small tight collars use the four-in-hand knot. For collars with slightly bigger gaps consider a half windsor. And when you have and even bigger collar gap, the full windsor knot comes into play. (For a range of shirt sizes click here)
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