In my previous post, I mentioned 4 things to know when choosing a necktie and I promised that the post would be continued.
Apparently, today’s post, “4 Ways to choose the right necktie” is a continuation of my previous one. The following are how to choose the right necktie.
1. WEAR THE PERFECT TIE FOR THE PERFECT OCCASION
Option A is to go for the plain rich colors such as burgundy, olive green, brown, and navy blue. You should choose these types for Monday or Tuesday business meetings.
While Option B is to go for the “Statement Ties”. Statement ties are classy and attention seeking. They reveal ones energy with colors. Statement colors for ties include blue, any shade of red (like solid red, cherry red and other shades of red) and cool shades of yellow (like golden yellow). For less serious business days such as Wednesdays and Thursdays at the office, you can wear polka dots or paisley ties. Again, for smart casuals go for plaid, stripe or colorful ties.
2. CHOOSE QUALITY
Whatever it is, quality will always stand out and a quality is one of those things. First of all, they are 100% silk. To confirm if it’s original silk, feel the fabric across your skin by running through it with the back of your hand. If it moves smoothly, then it means it’s original. High-quality ties are also resilient, so to test this, gently tug at both ends of the tie to see if it returns to its original shape.
Another way to know quality is the bar rack; when you turn the tie over, you find a bar tack (the small horizontal stitch at the back of the broader end of the tie). The bar tack is what holds the two sides of the tie together and prevents the tie from pulling open. A quality tie also has the Tie’s Slip Stitch, this helps the tie return to its original shape when removed from your neck and is located at the back of the necktie at the upper part. Gently pull the slip-stitch, and the tie fabric should shift up and down.
3. IMPROPER LENGTH AND WIDTH
A man’s tie should always end at the center of his belt buckle or right on the belt when he stands upright. A simple touch overlooked by many. Whether you are tall or short, ensure your tie length doesn’t extend more than your belt buckle
Avoid Big, Fat, Wide Ties. The general rule for the right tie width is – not too wide, not too narrow? However, I would say your tie width should be proportional to your body type, your dress shirt, and your suit lapel width. Then we can call that PERFECT!
4. PRINTS MISMATCH
Avoid mixing too many prints together when it comes to your suit, shirt, and tie combination. If you’re wearing a suit, a good rule of thumb is to keep it to a maximum of two prints. If you’re wearing a patterned suit, wear a solid shirt and a patterned tie, or if you’re wearing a solid suit, you can wear a patterned shirt and a patterned tie. But having a patterned tie, a patterned shirt, and a patterned suit is totally unacceptable.
I hope this post would guide you to choosing the right necktie for your occupation and day to day activities.