It is this saying (invented by us) that you must take to heart when your situation requires you to purchase a tie.
Indeed, a man is more likely to be judged on his choice of accessories than on the price or the cut of his suit (which does not mean that you can get away with wearing only polyester suits if your accessories are in good taste !).
Before taking into account the pattern and colour of your future tie, it is important to decide what material to choose, since there is a plethora of them.
So, be aware that the most luxurious ties are made of silk, a material both durable and radiant (a solid colour is suitable for a formal outfit while a grenadine tie or silk twill tie will bring a more relaxed, more casual touch to the rest of the outfit) and all are intended to accompany your most beautiful two-piece suit to the office (if your look has to be very formal) or during special occasions.
Moreover, ties made of wool, cashmere, cotton or even linen have yielded interesting results depending on the time of year and material of the outfit worn. Thus, the knitted tie, which had been ridiculed as dorky since the 80s, now returns to the centre stage both in casual outfits and in more formal ones. The same goes for the linen tie, which will fit perfectly with a summer suit during your next vacation on the French Riviera.
Here is a happy combination with a cotton knit tie:
It is difficult to know what colour to choose depending on the colour of your shirt and your suit. The two key points to keep in mind during this difficult choice are colour matching and the level of formality of the outfit.
If your tie has two visible colours, ensure that one of them subtly reflects the colour of your shirt or your jacket. If your tie has three or more colours, match it with an outfit that has soft colours so that the colours do not clash with each other.
To give you a better idea of harmonising colours, use the colour wheel. In fact, some colours are complementary to each other.
The operation of the circle is very simple: choose a colour, and the adjacent portions will be similar, the opposite portion complementary and the contrasting colours are those that are intersected by the "Y" that divides the wheel into three.
To take purple as an example: its similar colours are bluish-purple and reddish-purple, yellow is its complementary colour and its contrasting colours are green and orange.
The width of the tie is also essential. You may well have chosen a beautiful pattern and an appropriate colour, but if the width of your tie clashes with the rest of your ensemble, all that work will have been for nothing.
The only rule to remember is to choose a tie whose width is proportional to your lapel. Also note that the greater your shoulder width, the larger the width of your tie will be and vice versa (without going to extremes, of course).
Here is the last (but not least) chapter in our guide. Indeed, choosing a tie pattern can quickly become a divisive issue.
If you are not the reckless kind, stick with a plain tie of which you have several, so you can vary the colours and textures to suit all situations.
If, on the other hand, you want to try your hand at wearing a patterned tie, read on, to avoid looking like the clown who used to come to your birthday parties when you were a kid:
Avoid at all costs having two patterns the same size because that can cause an optical effect that is very unpleasant to the eye. Try for example a striped shirt and a striped or club tie with different sized stripes for the shirt and the tie.
Bear in mind that you should choose patterns of similar size so that the two patterns do not clash.
Be careful not to choose ties with patterns that are too big, too flashy, or worse, contrasting (unless you want to give your audience headaches). A patterned tie must indicate your refinement and discretion.
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