Tie the knot

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Ties, to some they’re a nuisance, intimidating even. Colors, textures, patterns, pairing them with a shirt. Then you have the knots; four-in-hand, half-windsor, windsor, eldredge, trinity, PRATT (light bulb), etc. & no, clip-ons DO NOT count.

First off, if you’ve ever been that guy to buy shirts and ties together. Stop it. There’s no need. I’ve fallen into that trap myself. Think of them as separates. If you keep buying them together you’ll start to think of them as a pair and they’ll always go together. It becomes stale. The beauty of them being separates is that every combination creates a new look.

When buying ties, barring a special event or occasion, have multiple shirts in mind before you make a purchase. Novelty ties can be fun but keep in mind the bigger picture.

Let’s break it down.

Tie Bar

They come in a myriad of colors, shapes and can be longer or shorter in length depending on the tie you’re wearing, but they all do the same job. Hold your tie in place.

The rule of thumb here is that the tie bar should be placed preferably in between your third and fourth buttons, about half way in between your torso.

Be mindful of the kind of metal that you get. Whether it be gold, silver, or bronze. The other metals on your belt, watch, bracelets etc. should all be the same color but if you go with a colored tie bar, just have fun with it.

The following can be found at The Tie Bar.

Textures

Silk/silk knit– dressier/formal occasions (knit option offers more versatility)

Cotton – lightweight alternative that can be dressed up or down

Linen – light weight for warmer months

Wool/wool knit – heavier fabric for cooler months

Colors

Navy/Black

The black tie is a staple in every man’s closet but the most versatile tie I own, and recommend to others, is a navy blue silk knit.

(…but it has a flat bottom. Yes, yes it does. I promise you’ll be fine)

It can be dressed up or down, works with any color or pattern and the fact that it’s knit gives you a little more flare.

Along with your solid knit, a striped knit, small polka dot, striped and solid ties in cotton or silk are great investments.

Gray

Ok, it’s technically not a “color” but you shouldn’t count it out. Its absence of color is what makes it so versatile and complimentary.

Texture here can make all the difference in the world.

Gray cotton works with just about anything as silk can run the risk of being too…prom-y.

Red

The original power tie. Some of the most powerful men in the world wear this when they mean business…

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If you follow (ed) sports, you would know that Tiger Woods always wore red during the final round of his tournament.

“I wear red on Sundays because my mom thinks that that’s my power color, and you know you should always listen to your mom.”

                                                                                    -Tiger Woods

Wear red & listen to your mom.

Oh, and one last tid bit…