How to choose a tie?

Since a man’s tie is now not only a popular but also a very important accessory in men’s fashion as long as it helps to create a complete look and emphasize the individuality of its owner, then one must be careful when choosing his tie.  There is a huge variety of ties on sale now, so it’s easy to get lost in what to choose.

What do you need first to look for when choosing a necktie?

The most important thing here is that it must be beautiful and of high quality.

It’s better if a tie is made of natural fabrics such as silk, wool, satin. As a rule, such ties look very noble and are easier to tie than ties of synthetic fabric. First of all when choosing a tie you must pay attention to the lining. If you’d like your tie hold its shape for a long time, the lining must be made of natural wool.

When choosing the size, pay attention to the length and width of a tie. The wide end of your tie should be just as long as to touch the middle point of the belt buckle (or cover it). The width of the tie should be approximately the same width of the suit’s lapel, with which it will be worn (ie, if the lapel is wide, the tie should be wide and vice versa).

If you doubt whether a tie will fit the suit in color and pattern and whether it will look nice on you, prefer self-colored natural fabrics.

Here are some simple tips to help you avoid mistakes when choosing a tie:

For a light-colored suit and a light shirt, a tie is chosen to match the shirt. And if you pick a dark shirt for the same suit you’d better tie a light necktie (preferably complimenting the suit).

The classic black suit with a white shirt should be worn with a light-colored necktie with a small pattern.

A single colored shirt goes well with a patterned tie. A large pattern makes a tie less formal, and it’s more suitable for a company of good friends. If the shirt has a pattern, you’d better choose a solid color tie.

A dark suit with a dark shirt goes well with a tie of lighter shades.

A dark suit and a light shirt look good with a dark tie.

Make your look using a combination of three different colors (if you use more colors they must be the shades of the main colors).

It’s always necessary to take care of your tie to keep it look classy.  When you want to take off your tie, you must untie it first, and it’s better to do it in the reverse order to the way you tied it. To store your tie properly, you can hang your ties, which is highly recommended. A tie rack or a hanger can be used.  Keep it out of direct sunlight or the sun can fade the fabric and the colors will lose their brightness.

If your tie looks worn and wrinkled, don’t iron it but roll it into a tube instead, beginning from the narrow end. After a few hours wrinkles will disappear. If this doesn’t work, try steaming the tie.

And now a few words about how to tie best the necktie you’ve chosen.  You can find a great selection of tie knots with detailed diagrams in How to Tie a Tie app from ArtelPlus.

Besides, some tie knots also impose certain requirements for the selection of a tie.

For example, the ‘Pratt‘ tie knot is better suited for a tie with a thick lining, so tying even a short tie, you can get a fairly round and wide knot.

Tying your tie a Windsor tie knot, you revive old, stretched ties.

Kent will be appropriate if you have only a very short tie, but you have a large body type. Tie Oriental and Kent tie knots only if a tie is made of thick or bulky fabric or very wide. Then it will look wider and more stylish.

A tie for tying the Christensen knot should not be too wide or of very dense material.

 
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