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What should I consider when choosing a tie?

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It complements the style, emphasizes its elegant character, and at the same time appears in many versions. Tie, as it is referred to, should be properly selected. So what should we pay attention to when choosing it?

Ties – what types are there and what distinguishes them?

It would seem that ties are such a common thread in men’s hairstyles that it’s easy for anyone to find the perfect match. But that’s not the case. Men often don’t know what color to wear them, or what length, much less what width, to choose

To begin with, ties can be standard (between 7 and 9 centimeters wide, the most versatile), narrow (between 4 and 6 centimeters wide) and wide (over 9 centimeters wide). It can also be made of different materials, such as silk, wool, cotton or polyester, among others.

The color and pattern of the tie are important features. Here, you can choose from plain plain ties, striped or striped ties, polka dots and polka dots, geometric patterns, fine darts or heavily patterned ties.

How to match a tie with your shirt and your overall style – practical tips

The width of a tie and your body shape

Always ensure that your tie is proportionate to your figure and face. Men with broad shoulders and broader arms will not look good in a thin tie, while slender men in a wide one. The same goes for jacket lapels, which should also be matched proportionally to your figure. As a general rule, the width of the tie should correspond to the width of the lapel

How far should a tie extend?

When it comes to choosing a tie, we also pay attention to its length. A correctly knotted tie should reach either to the top of the belt buckle or slightly above it, but no more than 2 centimeters.

How do I choose the right tie color?

There’s still the question of how to match the color of the tie to the shirt and the overall suit. Generally speaking, a solid, plain navy blue or burgundy tie is the most versatile and will go with most suits and shirts.

Above all, a white shirt offers great scope for styling. Almost all colors and patterns go with it. A light blue shirt can be matched with a navy blue tie, but also with a burgundy, dark green, yellow and pink tie.

A navy blue suit should be matched with a burgundy, dark green, navy blue, brown, gray or black tie; a gray suit with a burgundy, black or gray tie; a brown suit with a navy blue, dark purple, brown, burgundy, orange, yellow or red tie.

What about tying a tie?

When choosing a tie, we are not only guided by its width, length and color. The way it’s tied is just as important. There are three different ways to tie a tie, and the general rule is that it shouldn’t look sloppy or like it’s been tied with a lot of effort. The simplest is a four-in-hand, or a half Windsor knot, while the most formal is a big, full Windsor knot.

When not to wear a tie?

A tie is worn on many occasions, but there are also occasions when it’s not welcome, and even forbidden. This is the case with a tuxedo. In this case, the tie must be replaced with an elegant bow tie. The same situation is when we put on a tailcoat or when we go to a formal occasion in the evening, such as a ball.

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