How To Choose A Tie

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It is an art to match the tie correctly with the rest of the clothes and the occasion. So how do you perfect the tricks of it? Simply remember these few guidelines.

Always buy the tie of correct length. Standard tie lengths are 130-150cm. Tall men should request for longer ties. An appropriate tie length is when the triangle tip of the tie touches your belt buckle.

Unless you can afford to buy tie widths in fashion, buy a width of 8-9cm which is a general width and will never get out of fashion.

While purchasing a tie to go with a suit, ensure that you carry the suit with you. You will then have a perfect idea of how the tie will look when worn. If the jacket is a sports coat then the color of the trousers must also be taken into consideration while selecting the tie.

Before buying, carefully check the tie for any manufacturing defect like loose threads, uneven weaving, stain, discoloration, smudge, etc.

Casual, regular office ties can be polyester blends, but business meetings and other occasions require silks or silk blend ties.

For all occasions, avoid ties with pictures and cartoons. These patterns are very informal and should be worn only to similarly informal occasions, like a birthday party or a family gathering.

A safe bet are solid colored, striped or dotted ties. Match them with the shirt or the suit and wear.

For job interview, business meeting, regular office and other serious occasions the selection of tie should be conservative. Set off a dark colored shirt or suit with a light toned tie in the same or complementing hue. Do not wear a striped tie with a striped shirt, with the exception of a pin-striped shirt. A solid tie will be a better option.

Match patterns and textures of the clothing with the tie. With patterned shirts, its better to wear solid ties and vice versa. It will be a loud clash if you wear patterned tie with patterned shirt. This clash can be sobered by wearing a plain jacket with them.

A dark shirt is relieved by lighter colored tie and a bright shirt can be sobered by pairing it with a dark tie. Dark blue and dark red colors seldom go wrong in ties. You can also select a tie of the same color as your shirt or suit, but in a lighter or darker shade.

Are you aware that your face and skin also should affect your tie selection?

If you have a strong, angular face you should wear striped ties. Dotted and paisley printed ties go well with a round or baby face. Solid colors can be worn by everyone.

As you would match the shirt and suit to your skin before buying, so should you follow the same principles while selecting a tie.

So you can see that the choice of the tie depends on the occasion, the pattern of the shirt and jacket, and the color of the shirt and jacket.

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Four Of The Best: Silk Tie Designers Of England

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Despite an increasing casual society, silk ties are still seen as an important icon of style. Celebrating traditional creative talents and hand crafted fashion designs a number of key tie designers lead the way when it comes to luxury neckwear for men. The famous names of Vivienne Westwood, Timothy Everest, Richard James, and Babette Wasserman are considered in more detail below.

Vivienne Westwood began designing in 1971, along with Malcolm McLaren, when London was at the forefront of fashion. The award winning designer is a leader of fashion for all ages that spans across many generations. She has an OBE for her contribution to the British Fashion Industry and was also given the Queen’s Award for Export. Vivienne Westwood has designed an assortment of silk ties which are created for fashion savvy men who enjoy new spins on classic designs. Vivienne also designs clothing, socks, scarves, and cufflinks, all designed with features that add a dash of fun and irony to any outfit.

Timothy Everest ties are exceptional. He is one of the leaders of the new bespoke movement, and has spent the past 10 years showing a new generation of men the joys of bespoke clothing. His apprenticeship with Tommy Nutter has enabled him to dodge the formalness of Savile Row whilst utilising its exceptionally high standards of craftsmanship. Timothy’s 350 end silk ties (350 threads per inch heavy silk) are some of the best quality ties you will ever wear … perfectly made with a exceptional attention to detail.

In little over a decade the Richard James’ name has become synonymous with the best aspects of today’s men’s style: from outfitting the Hollywood elites to its use of bold colour. Since the company was founded in 1992 (by Richard James and Sean Dixon), it has collected a number of major fashion awards (including Designer of the Year by British ‘GQ’ and Menswear Designer of the Year by British Fashion Council). Richard James bespoke services are second-to-none, and the label now has an ever growing selection of off-the-peg clothing second only to bespoke.

Indeed Richard James accessories are becoming a major talking point on the London fashion scene. Richard James ties are hand-made in England using exclusive fabrics and high silk count to ensure that each tie will give years of good knot-age and make for a perfect match with a Richard James shirt.

Developed at Central St. Martin’s College of Art in Central London, Babette Wasserman is famous for unique and versatile designs. She launched her own jewellery label and cufflink range in 1997. Regarded by many in fashion as the most unusual designer of stylish, fashionable and innovative accessories; Babette Wasserman silk ties can be found in some of the most prestigious stores across the world. Look out for her collection of nicely presented gift box sets offering pure silk ties together with a pair of luxury cufflinks. A particular favourite is her Black Skull tie which is commonly paired with Jet Black Punk Stud cufflinks.

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