Last updated: August 11, 2021

Ties for men are accessories for an outfit, but they can have a strong effect and positively enhance the appearance in many ways. So it is essential to buy a tie for certain occasions or for the office. However, you should know which tie suits your outfit.

With this article, we would like to help you get an overview of men's ties and summarise everything you should know about them. We explain the most important criteria that you should consider when buying a tie, but also provide information on which tie suits which occasion and how you can combine it perfectly with your outfit.




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Buying criteria: What you should look for when buying men's ties

When buying men's ties, you need to consider a few factors that can influence your decision. However, these are not extensive and easily explained.

You can use the following criteria as a guide when you are looking for a tie for men.

  • Colour
  • Pattern
  • Material
  • Size

Once you have read through the points, you will be in the best position to find the optimal product for you.

Colour

Colour is of vital importance when it comes to men's ties, as they need to be coordinated with the overall outfit. This is often not taken into account, which can have a negative effect on the overall appearance.

When it comes to colours, there are a few classic and standard choices that apply to the following:

  • black: The all-rounder among colours that you can wear to just about any event. Whether funerals, business meetings or general formal parties, the colour black always looks elegant.
  • white: This colour has a sensitive and peaceful effect and can contrast well with the often dark suits. Due to the purity that the colour exudes, it is often worn by lawyers and other legal professionals.
  • blue: This tie exudes self-confidence and reinforces a confident appearance. Therefore, they are suitable for job interviews or awarding certificates.

Of course, these are not the only colours available in ties, but they are the most common ones that you can't go wrong with. Depending on the occasion, you can also purchase silver, red and other countless colour variations. Just make sure that the colour synergises with your overall outfit.

Pattern

Patterns go hand in hand with colour and determine the visual design of men's ties. Here, too, you have to choose wisely, as the pattern depends on the colour and the rest of your outfit.

The most popular and common patterns are as follows:

  • plain: Probably the most conventional and simplest solution in terms of the choice of pattern. You can't do much wrong here, as plain patterns are easy to combine and nothing else needs to be considered apart from the colour.
  • striped: You have to be careful with this pattern as it strongly unfolds its effect with the colour used. The stripes are dynamic and diagonally processed, so that they quickly become eye-catchers. Therefore, use inconspicuous colours so as not to attract too much attention just because of the tie.
  • dotted: Dotted ties are more suitable for private and friendly events than for official and serious meetings. Especially with large dots you should only show up at the former, small dots, on the other hand, can still be worn everywhere if the colour combination matches.
  • paisley: Paisley ties are reminiscent of an oriental design and thus set themselves apart from conventional patterns. However, they can be excellently combined with brownish, orange and green colours. For private parties, there are no limits here; for business affairs, either go back to muted colours or a different pattern

The patterns mentioned correspond to the most frequently used ties and are the most universal. Other patterns correspond more to a niche, which of course also depends on personal taste. With the patterns described, you are on the safe side for the respective occasion.

Material

The choice of material is just as important as the visual design, as good and bad material can be easily identified and thus influence the overall appearance. The following materials are suitable for an insertable men's tie.

  • Silk
  • Cotton-Linen
  • Cashmere
  • Wool

Classic men's ties are made of silk, which is the exceptional material par excellence. Silk has a high-quality effect and gives the tie an elegant sheen. This makes it subtle and easy to combine with the rest of the outfit. Silk feels wonderfully supple in the hand and is therefore convincing not only from a visual point of view.

If you want a tie that is rather rough and strong, materials such as cotton, linen or wool are recommended. These are not limited in quality, but allow for a different look and appear unconventional. Nevertheless, these are also universally applicable and can synergise with colour and pattern.

Cashmere is the cheaper alternative to silk and therefore appears less classy and elegant, but other positive qualities are noticeable. For example, the material is very soft and easy to handle, unlike silk. Knots are easy to manage, which also makes it smoother to wear.

Size

There is not much to consider when it comes to size, as there is a rule of thumb when choosing a tie in terms of length. The rule of thumb is: the tie should cover the belt by about one centimetre!

The standard length of a tie is also 150 centimetres, which should fit any average-sized man. If you are approaching the two-metre height mark or are a little more powerfully built, longer and wider ties are recommended so that they don't just look like a small accessory and the rule of thumb is adhered to.

The final length also depends on the knot used. Therefore, when shopping, check which knot you will use so that it does not clash with the rule of thumb. However, this is less significant than the texture of your body.

Men's ties: The most important questions answered

In the following, we bring out the most important questions about ties for men so that you can deepen your knowledge about them and use it when buying.

What styles of men's ties are available?

There is not only one style of men's ties, so we name and describe them for you. This way you know which tie you should choose. The styles are made up of the following variants.

  • Serious men's ties for the office: this style is best described by the word "casual". There is nothing particularly flashy about these ties and they are usually plain and in neutral colours such as white, black or even blue. This style is in fact flexible and easy to combine with a conventional black suit.
  • Elegant men's ties for weddings: When it comes to private events, an elegant appearance is not to be missed. This can be provided by ties that are narrow and have a special pattern such as paisley. The decision on colour and pattern ultimately depends on the waistcoat you are wearing and the company you are matching your outfit to.
  • Whimsical men's ties for parties: In addition to the serious and elegant ties, there are also those that completely deviate from the norm and are more likely to be worn at events among close friends. These consist of crazy patterns and are printed with all kinds of random motifs. Please wear only to parties, bachelor parties or similar!

You are best equipped if you have different ties for different occasions. Have suitable ties ready for the office as well as for formal events.

How do I know if my tie fits well?

You can recognise a well-fitting tie not only by looking in the mirror, but also by the way it feels when worn. In the following, we will show you which factors play a role in this.

  • Tie length should extend slightly (approx. 1 cm) beyond the belt.
  • The width of the tie is approx. 7 to 9 cm.
  • Tie the knot so that no space is left open.
  • The knot should cover the top button of the shirt.
  • There are countless types of knots and a lot you can do wrong.
  • Therefore, for the time being, concentrate on just one that is easy for you.
  • The narrow end of the tie should not be visible and should swirl freely.
  • Some ties have a so-called passantino for this, which allows you to pass the end through.
  • The tie coordinates with the rest of the outfit. Therefore, make sure that the pattern and colour of the tie synergises with the rest.
  • All buttons of the shirt are covered by the tie.
  • Optionally, you can add a tie pin, which you place in the centre of the tie.

If all these points apply, you will not suffer a faux pas when wearing the tie. After putting on the tie, check all the relevant ones again and you should be on the safe side.

How do I care for and clean my men's tie?

When you have worn a tie, make sure you undo the knot completely or you may end up with unsightly changes. To store it, fold it carefully and place it in a drawer. Alternatively, there are tie racks that you can attach to the wall or in the wardrobe.

When cleaning, be sure to avoid washing machines, otherwise you will damage the seams and destroy the tie. It is best to take it to the dry cleaners where it will be professionally washed. Alternatively, you must clean it by hand with rubbing alcohol, for example. You also need to remember that ties do not stand up to ironing either.

How do I tie a man's tie?

As already mentioned, there are countless ways to tie a tie. However, there is one common and easy variation that we don't want to deprive you of. Below is a brief description of the "Four in Hand" technique, which is the simplest of its kind.

First, the wide end should be over the narrow end, which you lead to the right behind the narrow end. Then bring it back to the front left, past the narrow end. When you bring the wide end to the neck, you can pull it down into the loop. Now all you have to do is adjust the knot and tighten the loop.

Styling tips for men's ties: How to achieve the perfect tie look

Ties can be combined in many ways and can also only be worn with certain items of clothing. You can identify these by the following points.

  1. Ties are suitable for the conventional outfit consisting of a shirt and complete suit. Alternatively, a waistcoat and jacket are also suitable.
  2. The shirt and tie is the most important combination. Here opposites can attract, in that the design of the tie is more imposing through pattern than that of the shirt.
  3. The colour red occupies a special position. It indicates a certain hierarchy, as it is reserved for the boss of an employment relationship. Therefore, fundamentally refrain from wearing that colour at work.
  4. The pocket square should be coordinated with the tie.
  5. Adopt a complicated knot. This is impressive and may even enhance the look.

Ties are often the subject of science, but this does not necessarily correspond to reality. Use these points as a guide and you won't go wrong with wearing a tie.

Conclusion

Ties for men are the accessory par excellence when it comes to formal occasions or when work dictates a certain dress code in the form of a suit. However, faux pas can occur if you choose an inappropriate tie that does not match the rest of your outfit.

With a properly chosen men's tie, you can impress in combination with the suit and round off your entire outfit nicely. Whether in the office, at weddings, funerals or formal festivities, the tie is a must with certain outfits!

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