How To Choose a Tie

A tie is an important part of your dress - it gives you a sleeker, more professional look, and its importance can be gauged from the fact that thousands of companies and organizations include it as a must-wear in their dress code. Sporting the right tie can work wonders for you because, along with your shoes and watch, people who know their accessories well will be sure to note the tie you have on. Ties speak of your degree of professionalism and your fashion sense, and contribute a lot towards building your image, so it is necessary to make sure you choose the right tie when you dress.

Follow these simple steps to help yourself buy and wear exactly the tie you need.

Step 1

Carry along your suit. Out on a tie hunt for a specific suit? Best to carry it with you. This way, you can place the tie atop your suit to see exactly how it looks with the suit. When buying a tie, consider the colour(s) of your trousers, jacket etc. too.

Step 2

Length. A standard necktie is 55-57" in length, and about 3.5-4" at its widest point; but the taller you are, the longer should be your tie. Quick test: Is the bottom tip of your tie nearly reaching the buckle of your belt? If yes, then you have the perfect tie length.

Step 3

Don't let your suit and tie clash. Tone done their colours with each other's help: If your suit is bright, choose a duller, more placid tie; if your suit has dull colours, include more vibrant ones in your tie. This will ensure that you don't look too glitzy or too boring when you wear the two together.

Step 4

Find the best pattern. Ties are available in a large number of patterns, the more common ones including checks, stripes and polka dots. The trick, here, is to let your suit and tie complement each other - once more, go for opposites: If your shirt is striped, opt for a plain tie. If your shirt is plain, then choose any tie pattern that tickles your fancy. Rule of thumb: Make sure the tie you buy is prominent on your shirt, and does not dissolve in its colours, and all will be well.

Step 5

Consider the event. Always buy your tie according to the event you will wear it to. A lot of ties have colourful logos, cartoons and comic back characters patterned all over - while it is harmless, even fun, to wear these ties to family parties and similar occasions, wearing them to office will likely create a bad impression on your boss and co-workers.

Step 6

Think materialistically. The material of your tie should be tough enough to make a good, durable knot - if it is too thin, you will end up ruining your tie-wearing experience. In everyday routine, polyester blend, cotton and wool ties all do fine, but silk ties are considered the best and should be worn to office, job interviews and on other formal and special occasions.

Step 7

Inspect your tie before you buy it. Snags, frayed and loose threads etc. all take a tie downhill. Before you buy it, give your tie a good look to make sure it is not damaged in any way. After all, you're paying for it!

The world of ties is vast, and can be confusing at times. Just keep these simple guidelines in mind, and you will be sure to end up with a gorgeous tie that wears nicely. Good luck!

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