The tie is absolutely essential to men’s fashion—it is the difference between a regular old suit and an amazing get-me-noticed look! Men sometimes don’t quite see the importance of fashion. They think of it as a pain in the rear that women should worry about. But let me ask you this: have you ever walked into an interview or important meeting and been complimented on your style sense? It will add that little bit of confidence you need to own it! So the next time your running to the department store, do me a favor: avoid those geometric shapes and bland colors. Compare it to a watch—you want something that is classic with a hint of personality to make it your own. Here are a few pointers when shopping for a tie:
1. If you must get a pattern, opt for stripes or the Burberry pattern. These have just enough interest without being wacky or just plain ugly! And another thing, you can very seldom pair a patterned shirt with a different patterned tie. Chris Harris’s stylist made him wear a gingham shirt with a polka dot tie—this is neither modern nor stylish and it made him look as if he had dressed in the dark.
2. Be playful with color. Just because you have to wear a boring suit does not mean you cannot stylize the conservative look with color. Burgundy, royal blue and dove grey are extremely fashionable this season. So if you are looking for a gorgeous way to amp up a plain black suit, wear a burgundy button down with a silver two-toned tie. This is going to look sharp with a nice contrast between the darker hues and the brightness of the silver.
3. Know the right size. If you are a thicker gentleman, do not go for the skinny ties. A small tie on a big man will make him look even bigger. If you have a lean frame, the tie should mirror that.
4. Bowties. These can be tricky and not everyone can wear them. Tim Lincecum helped aid in the bowtie coming back into fashion. His quirky personality makes this tie ok in my books. There are three different types of bowties: bat-wing, diamond tip, and butterfly. I would suggest opting for the bat-wing as it is more triangular in shape and does not have the volume of the butterfly bow tie (this one will make you look like a clown). When picking colors, I would suggest getting a solid color or a very subtle pattern.
It may seem trivial to less fashion-obsessed men to worry so much over a tie. But deciding on a tie is not a life-altering decision; however, it will make the different in whether you look like a run-of-the-mill guy or a sophisticated gentleman. And when you have a look that’s pulled together, everyone from your boss to that sexy Marketing Director will notice! Own your style like you do the world, gentlemen!
Have a wonderful Wednesday, the week is almost over!
VIP Club Scene Magazine Team