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Ties: all in the detail

Ties: all in the detail

A tie can play a big role in bringing your outfit together and complement your outfit. However, there are a number of things to consider when choosing the right tie for you. What fabric?  What colour? What width and length? Here, we provide some tips to help you choose the best tie for you and wear it for maximum effect.

Knit, wool or silk?

Barker Bespoke offers a full range of knit and silk ties. But which one is best for you?

To stand out in a formal situation, there is nothing quite like a silk tie. Silk provides a radiant and rich colour to a tie. Silk ties are great for the office and for special events.

Knit and wool ties provide something different for your wardrobe and a way for you to stand out from the crowd. These ties have some versatility, easily taking you from the office to after work drinks. They can also come in a range of different colours and patterns that more traditional silk ties may not.

What colour tie?

Matching your tie to your shirt and suit can be intimidating. Here are a few tips:

One colour tie on a one colour shirt – you can try this using contrasting colours or similar colours. Getting this right can be as simple as trying a few different combinations together and seeing what you prefer.

One colour tie with a patterned shirt – the key here is matching the colour of the tie to at least one of the colours in the shirt pattern. You can use the same approach to match a solid shirt with a patterned tie.

Patterned tie on a patterned shirt – this works best when you can match a detail in the tie with a detail in the shirt. For example, a navy and white check shirt would match well with a tie with a navy stripe.

Tie matched with the stripe your suit jacket – when worn with a classic shirt in one colour, this creates a polished outfit which is sure to impress.

Wool or knit ties – choosing a wool or knit tie adds a textural differentiation to your outfit and provides a feature without adding too many patterns. As with wearing a tie in one colour, just make sure that the colour of the tie matches or complements the colour of your shirt.

If you are attending a formal event with a partner, it can also be a nice touch to match your tie with something that your partner is wearing to the event. This also works well for bridesmaids and groomsmen at a wedding.

What width?

Slim cut ties are extremely fashionable for spring 2016. Wearing a slim cut tie can give a modern edge to your look and leave space to show the design of your suit lapels and tailored shirt.

What length?

Keep in mind when tying your tie that when it comes to length, the general rule is that your tie should reach the belt buckle or the waistband of your trousers.


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