All About Men’s Ties

This entry was posted on August 30, 2011 under Dressing Guidelines. Written by:



An essential part of any well-dressed man’s wardrobe, the necktie unites all the elements of your outfit. Instantly raising the level of dressiness, it is also the way in which individuality is expressed within the context of a business wardrobe.

Fabric & Weaving:
Silk is the fabric of choice for most neckwear. It is generally manufactured in one of two ways.

Woven ties utilize pre-dyed silk threads, weaving the different colored threads together to create a pattern. Typically they are a bit thicker and heavier than printed ties.

Print ties are woven before the silk is dyed. The undyed silk is sometimes woven with a simple texture which is referred to as a jacquard or twill. It is then colored by printing a design on it. Typically print ties are lighter in weight than their woven counterparts.

Satin ties utilize a weaving technique that creates a high sheen finish. They can be either woven or printed.

The Knot:
The Four-in-Hand knot is by far the most popular. It can be worn with any type of dress shirt collar and it requires less “tie length” to execute successfully which makes it particularly suited to thicker woven neckwear.

The Windsor and Half-Windsor are fuller knots. They are most appropriate with wider spread collar dress shirts. 

Learn more about how to tie a tie.

Matching the Necktie:

Neckties are available in virtually every color and pattern imaginable and the rules are few. Novelty ties are fun but generally not appropriate in more traditional business environments. Repp stripes, subdued paisleys and smaller dot patterns are all classic, more appropriate choices for the office. The color in your necktie is the perfect way to add some energy to classic business attire.

Matching your tie with a solid dress shirt is easy. However, even though a patterned shirt is a little more limiting, there are still ample neckwear options.

Our rule: Combine a large patterned tie with a small patterned shirt and vice versa. For example, if you are wearing a bold striped dress shirt, pair it with a pin dot necktie. Or, use a bold paisley necktie to complement a tattersall check dress shirt.



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6 Comments to “All About Men’s Ties”

  1. Kyle Eppard says:

    I have to admit, even though I knew there was a lot going into choosing a tie, I had absolutely no clue what on earth it was. This is a very informative blog post.

  2. LauraF says:

    Thank you for your feedback, Kyle! We are glad that you liked the post!

  3. KenS says:

    I would like to see a more in depth “All about Men’s Ties”. There is always more that I can learn and I am sure that there are others who feel the same. For example, mixing a striped shirt with a striped tie should be well thought through. Of all the photos in your current collection, only two examples of mixing stripes are shown. The above rule of mixing a large pattern with a small pattern is very good, but more care should be given to mixing stripes in my view.

    I would be curious what your sales statistics show in regards to customers purchasing a shirt and tie together as shown in your catalog and website.

  4. LauraF says:

    Great feedback, Ken!

    Below is the link to an article that you may find helpful.

    Coordinating Rules

    Your comments have been forwarded to our Merchandising Department and will definitely take this under review. Hopefully, we can show other examples of matching patterned dress shirts and ties in future catalogs.

  5. MyFavPal says:

    I need to learn how to tie my tie differently than just the Windsor! Nice guidelines, though.
    -Jack

  6. Angela says:

    Thanks Jack! Below is a link to how to tie a Four-In-Hand Tie Knot if you are interested:
    http://www.paulfredrick.com/Fashion/pfhowtotie01.aspx

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