It is an essential part of any suit—such a simple yet elegant bit of cloth.
If you’ve ever been to a get-together that required one, you know what we’re talking about. Ties, wear one wrong, and it could give people an unintended first impression.
There are so many ways and types of ties. If you’re looking for a new way to wear one or a new type of tie, then you’ve come to the right place.
Keep reading to learn all about how to wear a tie.
Types of Ties
When it comes to tie selection, there are so many to choose from. This article will give you a down and dirty guide for everything tie-related.
The Apron Tie
Let’s start with the tie that most of us are familiar with, the apron necktie. The apron is an old dog of ties, the classic staple. This tie comes in all kinds of different materials, patterns, and colors.
Although this may be a simple tie, there are many ways to spice it up. Trying different knots or patterns, like a trinity knot, to accent your style.
The seven-fold tie is an elegant tie that is, take a wild guess, folded seven times.
A seven-fold tie is a hand-crafted piece of art. Each tie ends up taking around three and a half hours to make. Because of this, these ties are rare and are often higher on the price point.
These ties have a thick feel to them and create a bold, eye-catching knot. They are a great addition to any outfit, formal or casual.
Bolo or Bola Tie
If you’ve been to Arizona, you probably saw a few of these creative ties. The bola tie is the official neckwear of the sand-washed state, same with New Mexico.
This tie is a statement tie. It’s something to wear when you want to say, “I live and breathe the western lifestyle.” However, keep in mind that bola ties may not be formal unless you live in either of the above states.
Bringing a casual but fashionable look to the scene is the skinny tie. This tie is all about dressing down and creating new and highly fashion-minded looks to life.
A skinny tie is not a tie that works when a traditional formal attire is required. Think of these as an accent to a fun and trendy wardrobe.
These are just some of the types of ties for you to check out. There are so many more, each with its own style and place.
How to Wear a Tie
Knowing how many ties exist, you’re probably asking what you can do with it. So let’s go over how to pick the right tie and ways to wear it.
One of the first things to think about is the size of the tie. It is important to pick the width of the tie that best fits your body type and lapel size.
If you would classify yourself as an average build, stay near the 3 to 3.75 inches mark. If you’re trying to make a bold fashion statement, then you can drift higher or lower.
Color and Pattern
Color and pattern are two key elements to wearing your tie well.
If you have more eye-popping shirt or suit colors, you’ll want to keep your tie quiet. Anything lighter in color would be a great fit for this type of combination.
When you want your tie to be the statement, you should keep your suit and shirt to colors the lighter spectrum. Go with a light blue or gray, and you can make almost any color work for an eye-catching tie.
The next important part of a tie done right is the pattern.
Ties come in so many different and exotic patterns, from solid colors to hypnotic swirls the choice is endless. The key to pattern choice is to keep in mind that a suit should only have one statement piece.
It can be daunting to find what works and what doesn’t but try not to get too caught up in thought here. As long as you make sure that no pattern is too closely related and keep in mind the above rule on statement pieces, it’ll come naturally.
If you want to look great in any situation, you need to dress your best. A tie can help you do just that.
What Length should a tie Be?
When you’ve had your fun sorting through all of the different patterns, styles, and types of ties, it’s time to check your length.
The rules for length are straightforward. The tip of the tie should end in the middle of your belt buckle or waistband. Anything over or under that, and you risk looking out of place.
Keep in mind that if you’re a tall fella, you’ll have to consider getting a longer tie length or go custom.
The Knit Tie
A knit tie is a unique addition to your suit closet. It can fit in a formal occasion or dressed down for weekend fun.
The trickiest part of a knit tie is the knot.
Big bulky knots like the Windsor don’t work as well. A knit tie is slim and usually made with soft fabrics, meaning that simple knots work the best.
If you’re want to get really in-depth with your knit knowledge, give this guide a try.
Wear Your Tie With Style
Ties are key pieces of any suit, and they can be fun and fashionable while lending a bolstering hand to your credibility.
Now that you have all the tips you need on how to wear a tie, go out there and grab one! Also, be sure to check out the rest of our blog.