Some Basics about Ties
Ties- vibrant, classy, sober, whatever may be their type, are an important element of any man’s style statement. Neckties are a simple and long piece of cloth worn around the neck, neatly tucked under the shirt collar and crisply tied into a knot at the throat. A small, yet significant part of one’s dressing.
Men cannot be generally very experimental in their attire and that’s where ties step in to help one register his personality with the type of tie and the type of knot that he uses. Different ties are used for different occasions in daily life.
Unlike women, men do not have a heap of options to accessorize their apparel with. This means that the room for going wrong is also less. It is about using the few available tools that to the best. A ties is thus one of the most common and effective accessory that men use to enhance their appearance.
Ties and the way they are worn have constantly evolved over the decades. Their width, the fabric used, the designs and patterns keep the fashionistas and trend-setters busy all year round. While initially it was strictly worn as part of formal wear, it has emerged as part of casual attire over the years. However, when it comes to ties, the line between formal and casual should not blurred.
Types of ties and knots
There are several types of ties like the Ascot tie, Bowtie, Bolotie, Clip-on tie, Zipper tie and Cravat. Likewise there are also various ways to knot a tie. The most practical and useful of these knots are the Windsor knot, Half-Windsor knot, the Pratt knot and the Four-in-Hand knot. Besides these, there are nine other styles of knotting a tie which are less frequently used.
From wide to skinny, plain, striped or paisley, ties are now available in more styles and patterns than ever. Each type is suited to specific occasions. As far as the width goes, it is mainly determined by the width of lapels of the suit you are going to wear. Skinny ties with thin-lapelled suits, wide ties with wide-lapelled. That is the basic rule. Other factors to consider would be the man’s height and build. A muscular or bulky man would be better off wearing a wider tie. You don’t want a dog-on-the-leash look wearing a skinny tie if you are brawny.
The next thing to consider would be the pattern and/or color to choose. Paisley prints are all for the formal look such as an office presentation or a business meeting. Choosing the right print might be a bit tricky though. If ever in doubt, the safest option to go for would be a plain, solid silk tie. One simply cannot go wrong with those. It simply becomes a matter of color choice that complements the entire outfit.
To give a professional reflection, the suit or sweater can be of solid color whereas the tie can be of bright color with a pleasing print or pattern. In important meetings where you are the centre of focus, a tie with a bold or paisley print can be worn. This combination asserts authority. A vibrant and novel tie exudes confidence.
If dressing up for a casual event, one can be open to experiment. Funky patterns such as polka dots might be worn. Remember to keep the tie a bit loose when pairing it up with a casual outfit. You are not going for a job interview. A slightly loose tie will give a more relaxed, casual look.