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Aspects to think of when choosing a tie

Posted on March 7, 2018 by Daniel at 2:54 pm


The best advice to get your tie looking perfect is to pick the correct width based on your bodily proportions, which is often overlooked.

Men with broader shoulders are encouraged to pick a wider tie to compliment and accentuate larger shoulders.

In contrast, slimmer built men are advised to pick a thinner tie that is in line with their body shape.

The length of your tie is also important. You should aim for it to finish at the trouser waistband, as any longer will make it look out of place, cheap and it’ll just get in the way. 


After the sizing of the tie, the next thing to consider is the occasion you are buying it for. This will determine everything from the fabric, the colour and whether or not you will pick one with patterns.

A go to rule is that silk ties in block colours are the most formal and are best suited for business meetings and board rooms.

Less formal examples of ties are woollen ties which are often more narrow than stereotypical ties and have squared-off ends.

There are a lot of places you can go to that allow you to create custom ties, this allows you to design a tie based on the occasion you need it for.


Choosing the colour of your tie can be one of the hardest yet most important parts of picking the correct one.

To pick the right colour you’ll need to consider that your tie needs to work with your skin tone, your shirt and your suit.

As a rule of thumb, your tie should be at least one shade darker than the shirt you wear it with.

The colours you pick depend on the overall scheme of your outfit. Don’t opt for bright colours or ones that are too drastically different from the other colours in your suit as this will not look professional.

If you can’t find a tie to match your outfit, you can always design your own.


Patterns are a thing to be wary of, as over doing them can create a messy and unprofessional look.

If your suit or shirt is patterned, it’s best to go for block colours so that your suit and tie don’t clash with one another.

Safe patterns include stripes and polka dots, which can add simple texture to a look without over doing it. Basic patterns also give the option to add an extra colour, which makes an outfit more interesting.

Patterns that are harder to mix in are tartan and paisley prints and they have complex colour structures and make it hard to match in to the outfit, sometimes creating disastrous effects, although if the rest of your suit is plain, these patterns can work.

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