You would be truly surprised at the number of ties available in the market, catering to almost all tastes and
styles. Some of the parameters on which ties vary include design, color combinations, and material. Material-wise, ties are of two main types; polyester and silk. Polyester ties are both durable
and easily washable. These ties can either be smooth-finished or have fabric visible weaves. Silk ties have a rich and shiny look, and are more expensive than other materials. Satin ties are
almost similar to silk ties in texture and could be considered a more economical option.
As far as looks go, the variations are truly endless. Plain ties have just a single color running right
through the tie’s body. These ties can safely be worn for just about any occasion. Some plain ties, called H/Rib and D/Rib silk ties, are rendered with horizontal or diagonal weaves, which
offer a miniscule change to the monotony or a uniform color. Multicolored ties sport a combination of colors and innovative designs. Fashion ties are usually designed by experts in the
profession, and these items have spotted or striped designs, among many other innovative woven works. Novelty ties are tailor made for specific occasions and can be gifted to family members and
friends. Certain ties may even have cartoon characters embossed on them. On the basis of wearing styles, ties can be classified into clip-on ties, bow ties, and cravats.
Back to top
While most ties available in the market appear attractive at first glance, it takes a discerning eye to detect
any flaws or quality compromises in this clothing accessory. The main prerequisites that need to be checked out before buying a tie are the texture and stitching. The text should be smooth and
even; the stitching should be neat. Additionally, the tie should exude a feeling of strength. Considering the fact that a tie is supposed to last for years, durability of the fabric is of utmost
importance. Polyester ties are known to retain their look even after multiple washings. Exposure to the sun and rough handling is should not cause the slightest blemish to a good quality silk
When buying bow-ties or clip-on ties, which are pre-folded, the prospective customer would be advised to check
the neatness of the folds and the rigidity of the fastening hook. When buying branded ties, it pays to confirm that there is no duplication. Another factor to be considered is the matching
ability of the tie with shirts of many colors. This is a significant concern as you do not want to be stuck with a tie you can use with only one or two shirts. The tie should also be light and
thin enough to allow you to tie a compact and neat knot with ease.
As far as festive occasions go, a wedding could well be one of the most extravagant formal occasions. Looking
your best at this event is paramount whether you are a guest or a family member. Alongside your suit, shoes, and pocket square, it is the tie which plays an important part in your overall
personality. Eye-catching, without being overly ostentatious should be your stand as far as the tie is concerned. The ties could be of just about any color, design or material, as long as it
matches the shirt and complements the pocket square.
If you happen to be the groom, a common trend is to match your tie with the color tones of the bride’s
gown. This same rule follows for the best man and bridesmaid too. For a wedding, you would most probably use either a pre-folded or a self-tying cravat. Polyester satin and silk cravats offer an
unbeatable style quotient. Cravats, not being used in everyday life, lend a unique air to the wedding outfit and do not make you feel as if you are dressing for just another day. If you happen to
be wearing a waist band with a tail coat, the color of the tie should preferably match that of the band.
One of the toughest decisions both when buying a tie as well as choosing a particular tie to wear to a certain
occasion, is the juggle between a polyester tie and a silk one. While each fabric has its own merits, sometimes the characteristics of the other clothing items determine the choice. With glossy
finished suits having shiny lapels, it would be more advisable to use silk ties. Due to the innate shiny nature, silk ties give the user a more distinguished look. Additionally, silk ties are
more easily maintained and do not need excessive ironing or frequent washing.
Polyester ties, on the other hand, are generally cheaper than silk ties and also offer unbeatable durability.
Being easily washable, you can indulge in eating without worrying too much about spills. Most manufacturers stress on different washing instructions for silk and polyester.
As with most formal outfits, the tie too is subjected to variations as far as the specific occasion is
concerned. While joyous occasions such as a wedding reception or a party could allow a multicolored and glossy tie, other grave gatherings such as a funeral would necessitate a more sober tie. A
sober tie would imply light blue or black ties. This restrained nature of the tie would be all the more mandatory at a black tie dinner where the accent on formality cannot be
While the ultimate decision on the tie to wear rests with the user, it would be advisable to comply with the
requirements of the particular event. Besides offending the hosts or the organizers, not adhering to the mentioned dress code could cause one to stand out in the crowd. As far as the material of
the tie is concerned, there is not much difference occasion-wise. The overriding factors governing the look of the tie involve the design and the color.
An interview is one event where the first impression can make or break the chances of you landing that dream
job. Besides your educational qualifications, work experience, and job knowledge, it is your overall appearance that says a lot about your suitability for the post. Hence, the tie you wear can
play a big role in your assessment for the job. For an interview, it is advisable to wear a 100 percent silk tie as this material exudes professionalism, initiative, and neatness. The color
should be non-distracting and sober. A too flamboyant color may convey a ‘care a damn’ attitude.
It would be preferable to choose a tie that has a plain color throughout the body. Darker shades of red or
blue would be ideal. A rule of thumb is subtle matching. Whatever color you choose, make sure that it matches your shirt, pant, and the coat (if you are wearing one).
While you are happy with the texture, the design, and the color of the tie you have just bought, these are
other parameters required for extracting the most from your tie. How you wear the tie determines the actual look of this all-important clothing accessory. Ideally, the tie should be in line with
the belt. The tip of the tie should be above the bottom edge of the belt and below the upper edge. At this length, the tie looks its best and most professional. Another factor to be considered is
the front and back of the tie. This length should be as equal as possible.
While a tie that falls below the level of the belt may not look good, never be caught with a tie that is too
short. A tie reaching just up to the abdomen renders the user a relatively sloppy look that can be unsightly. Therefore, a tried and tested trend says that too long is better than too
A black tie event is one of the most formal of all occasions. As the name implies, this event demands the
usage of a pure black tie. However, in certain cases, any sober tie in other colors too would be suitable. While maintaining an image of sobriety, it is advisable that the user does not go
overboard in his formal attire. Most experts recommend being relatively relaxed as far as clothing goes, while erring on the side of extra formality. Whether a tie or a bow is worn, it should
sport a uniform color with the preferred color being obviously black. Nowadays, even to a black tie dinner, a little contrast in the clothing items is recommended. A ‘never to be
forgotten’ requirement is matching. Whatever be the shade of the tie, it should match the shirt and offer some contrast to the pocket square, it you happen to be wearing one.