Types of ties

An accessory that can never be missing in the wardrobe of every gentleman is the tie: classic, woven, wide … Theres many types of ties. No matter which one, there should always be one available for when its use is required.

Types of ties

Ties have their followers and detractors. From those who do not hesitate to use it as soon as they can or the fans of the casual friday that in many offices has been transferred to the whole week with the new generations.
The truth is that it is always good to have a pair for some specific events that require the formality that only a tie knows how to give: job interviews, business lunches or dinners, weddings, etc.
If you have always focused on the classic traditional tie, let me tell you that there are several types of ties that you can choose from to mark your presence and personality.
To begin with, we could divide them into two large groups, according to the fabric and the width.

According to the fabric

Now we will divide this type into three possibilities: silk, woven or wool.

Silk ties:

They are the most common and with which you will never fail. They are good for both day and night, for the office or for a special occasion.

Photo by Diroma 1980

Woven ties:

We took them back a few years ago as a sign of “modernity” and they are a perfect way to update your suit. As they are lighter than silk due to their texture, it is advisable to reserve them for the spring / summer season and for more “informal” occasions, that is, for the office or morning events.

Photo by Daniel RobinsonTie Supply

Wool ties

They are the antithesis of knitted ones. Made of thick fabric and more forceful than silk, they are perfect to combine in winters with the warmest suits. In the same way as the knitted ones, it is advisable to reserve them for the office or tomorrow’s events due to their rougher appearance, although there are always exceptions: the plain ones in sober tones are a perfect option for more formal evening events, in which the label It reads “dark suit.”

Photo by Brian Sakawa – He Spoke Style

According to the width

We move the axis of the selection to the width of the necktie blade and we also divide it into three possibilities: skinny, standard and wide.

Skinny ties:

They were the norm in the mid-60s, until the bombastic 70s came along. In the early 2000s we brought them back into our wardrobe thanks to Hedi Slimane and the revival of the slim silhouette for Dior Homme, and now they’re falling out of favor again. . However, fashions are very good to follow, but you always have to use them to your liking and favor. Let’s explain: a narrow tie (as well as a reduced lapel) will visually enhance the width of our shoulders, so if you have a bare shoulder, it will be useful to give you a little more court.

Photo by Adrián Guzmán

Standard ties:

The one that works in any case. How would you recognize? Its traditional measurement is about 7 centimeters and it is what you will see in any store, from those of luxury firms such as any clothing store.

Photo by Brian Sakawa – He Spoke Style

Wide ties:

Like skinny, it comes and goes according to fashions. This is typical of the bombastic years 70, as opposed to the narrow 60. But, as in any trend, there is a practical application for this type of wide blade. If you have broad and open shoulders and are looking to balance proportions, ties with a scoop (front) between 8 and 9 centimeters (as well as generous lapels) will be your best allies to stylize the silhouette, since they will perfectly fill the ample space between the shoulders.

Photo by London York Executive

Tie print

Finally, we cannot forget the design of the tie, since there are many to choose from, which can be used in the aforementioned classifications: stripes, paisley, dots, smooth, floral, etc.

Stripe ties:

Another classic that never goes out of style and very versatile, as you can use it on almost any occasion. The most common are diagonal or horizontal stripes. In these ties, the choice of the color and the design of the stripes is also key (thicker, thinner, a combination of both …)

Photo by Diroma 1980

Paisley ties:

They are those ties stamped with paisly motifs, which are the most varied, striking and creative, and can range from more jovial to more elegant designs. They provide a sophisticated and edgy look.

Photo by Thomas Fortin Menswear

Dot ties:

Or polka dot tie. The thicker, the more daring you will look and the thinner, you will gain a more discreet appearance. They go well with any type of shirt.

Photo by Daniel Robinson

Smooth ties

The quintessential tie, the most common and versatile. The key element of these ties is color. There is a wide variety of colors to choose from, from the classic black tie to the most striking. Choosing one color or another for your tie is crucial, so it conveys and you should choose it wisely according to the occasion and according to the color confinement of your suit or garments.

Photo by Neil Fortin

Ties with different patterns

If you are a daring man, ties with patterns are for you. There are all kinds and for all tastes: flowers, geometric, vintage, etc.

Photo by London York Executive

There are many more designs but not all of them are included in the article. Which other do you know? Leave it in the comments, we will read you.

Source: Hombre y ClaseRevista GQ

Photos Instagram by Daniel Robinson, Tie Supply, London York Executive, Neil Fortin, Thomas Fortin Menswear, He Spoke Style, Angelo Diroma & Diroma 1980.

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