Ties are the perfect piece to both effortlessly dress up your shirts as well as making the most formal of outfits more relaxed with a slight loosening at the neck. In alignment with most modern menswear pieces, ties have received a slim-down and you should ideally look for styles that are no more than 2-3 inches at their widest point. Aim to keep your ties in proportion to the rest of your body- wider ties for those of you with broader chests and vice versa. If a tie is predominately neutral in colour, this gives you the opportunity to experiment with louder shirt patterns (think plaids, stripes and gingham). On the other hand, if your tie has a strong pattern or several colours on it, keep your shirt as simple as possible.
The three main styles that ties come in and all men should own are solid - basic, block coloured ties easily mixed and matched with the rest of your outfit ; striped - predominately in diagonal stripes but occasionally horizontal, they are often more associated with the workplace; and printed - these ties come with a unlimited option of designs and symbols on them and are a perfect way of individualising your look. Moreover, ties also come in a variety of materials. Whilst they are mainly made in cotton, there are also knitted ties for the winter and silk alternatives for the summer months.
How to Wear:
Whilst there are endless ways to wear your tie casually, below are some fool-proof options to get you started. Grab yourself a knitted black, navy or dark red tie and pair it with your checked shirts and jeans. Either match the colour of your tie with a colour on the shirt or try a bright multi-coloured ‘spring’ plaid shirt and rely on the neutral colour of the tie to anchor it. Additionally, reach for a casual oxford-cloth shirt in white, blue or muted pink stripes and match it with a patterned tie in a complimenting colour. Team it all back with a neutral pair of camel chinos, a navy blazer and boat shoes for some true American Prep style this summer. Finally, don’t underestimate a simple shirt and tie combination. Find a complimenting shirt and tie combination that you like and simply wear it with your favourite pair of chinos/ jeans and brown loafers for an simplistic, sophisticated and easy-to-wear look that never goes out of style.
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