Style Guide Ties: Making the Right Choice
Here at Cad & The Dandy, we go to great lengths to get the perfectly fitting suit but our Style Guide Ties is dedicated to ties. The right choice of tie for your suit is equally important, but often neglected. One could argue that it’s just a tie but we say it is much more than that. A tie is a symbol of style, marking out the gentlemen from the boys.
In anticipation of the arrival of our new range of ties, we have put together a few simple guidelines on how to best choose a tie to compliment your suit and shirt. Of course, the dandiest among us may deviate from the rules, but in order to do so one must first learn the basics.
Most of the suits we sell are in shades of grey and navy. Some would say these are the most boring of the cloth choices available but they remain a sophisticated and smart choice as well as being the shades that best compliment most wearers.
Blending these two is always a safe bet – a grey suit with a navy tie and vice versa. Pattern and texture variations can be applied thereafter, depending on personal preference. In addition to these two, darker shades of purple, green and red also work well with navy and grey suits.
Once confident with the basics, one can diversify into more earthy colours, including burnt orange, mossy greens and muddy browns. Stronger primary colours can also be dabbled with here but bolder choices will require more consideration in relation to the overall look. If it looks like an eyesore, then it most probably is.
It is best to adhere to a maximum of 2 patterns when combining a suit, shirt and tie. A chalk stripe suit dressed with a spotted tie would require a plain shirt. A striped shirt would look best with a plain tie or one with a bold pattern on a much larger scale than the stripe of the shirt. The rule of pattern usually when two patterns sit alongside each other, is that they should differ in scale and style: large check, soft paisley; wide stripes, small spots. Avoid wearing two of the same pattern, whatever the scale.
Using this rule on scale or density of pattern can enable you to combine three or even four patterns (with the addition of a pocket handkerchief) but stick with two to start with, or even one.
The more comfortable you become with mixing your patterns the more important texture becomes. Ties can be woven, printed, knitted, made up using silks, satins and wool. This provides a lot of variation. Contrasting any of these with your suit and tie there are limitless possibilities available.
Making sure your ensemble is well put together doesn’t mean your look has to be boring. Lowering the contrasts in the garments you select accentuates the overall look rather than each individual item competing for attention with the next. At this point it’s also time to acknowledge that one should never, ever wear a novelty tie.
Top to Toe
It is always worth considering the range of other items worn on a daily basis that can compliment the basic three – suit, shirt and tie, suit and shirt. Pocket squares, socks, shoes, cravats, overcoats. As with the tie, start classic then gradually expand your repertoire. Look and learn from those around you, both for what to do and what not to do. Most of all, enjoy. Dressing is an exercise in self expression and a tool for communicating beyond what you say. Making that all important strong first impression really does count so it’s worth starting your day with due care and consideration given to what you wear.