No losers, it’s a tie!
The creators of the tie introduced a fashion necessity to men everywhere. In the 1600s, it was the French who grasped the concept from observing the Croatian soldiers wearing colorful scarves. The Croats rightly knew it looked good. Quickly, it spread throughout the nobility. Over the years, it has solidified its place among the wardrobes of the best dressed and most important men. And today, it shows up in the classiest of events. I attended a college with a dress code. Every male student wore a tie to class, breakfast and lunch, and chapel. Instead of looking great, I sported some pretty lame ties. In fact, I would cut the collar out of a white shirt and wear it with a tie under a sweat shirt. Really? With all the wonderful classic ties in the world, I couldn’t find one for my collection? What a wasted opportunity.
Let’s discuss the basics of tie wearing. All ties must have a dimple. The tie should extend to the middle of your belt. Any further and it flings your ensemble out of balance. Pay attention to this in others and you will spot it more frequently than you would think. A tie that hangs into your lap draws too much focus to the tie at the expense of your entire appearance. Any shorter and you look like your belly is exposed, despite your shirt covering your abdomen. Seriously, people will look right at your stomach.
Choose a good looking versatile tie. Think about how it will work with various shirts and for differing occasions. Buy silk whenever possible for its smooth and beautiful texture. If you have the slightest feeling that a tie looks inexpensive, don’t get it. A tie should dress you up, not make you look cheap.
When mixing colors and patterns, think through the color wheel and look at the various groups. Certain colors go well together. In particular, blue matches well with many colors. Also, black and white is so classic – white shirt with a black tie. Try this combo – tan dress slacks with a light blue and white checked shirt and a dark blue and white striped tie. Brown belt and brown shoes and of course, tan socks. To top it off, wear a brown muted plaid sport coat. It’s a sophisticated look that will tell the world that you appreciate life. If you need to portray a more earnest, to-the-point attitude, hunt down a serious looking tie bar. It says you mean business and like to have everything in its place.
If you don’t own a tie, start with a solid black one. Then, slowly build a collection. Remember that a tie should flow with the whole of your look. Therefore, return the novelty ties that you receive as gifts or simply give them to someone else. With enough practice, you will be gathering a collection of more than just ties. You will collect compliments. I speak from experience.