When it comes to men’s suiting, ties play an important role. A suit without a tie can often look incomplete. Nonetheless, any sartorial man should be aware that the traditional tie is not the only option on hand. There are a number of types of ties that can be sported by a man at different times.
Here is a guide on the type of men's ties, and how and when to wear them.
Four-in-Hand Knot Tie
This is the most classic type of tie knot. Usually made of silk, wool or polyester, these ties are worn mainly over business suits and on formal occasions. The biggest advantage is that these are extremely versatile and easy to tie. The four-in-hand knot works well with narrow spread collars – those with collar points which angle 60 degrees or less, and with most patterns. This knot is best used with medium and narrow width ties; for wide ties, a Windsor know is a better choice.
This tie has been given a unique name because the fabric that it is made of is folded seven times over. For this very reason, it has a rather thick finish compared to other ties. The final product is an unlined necktie that has been made after hours of laborious work and is thereby more expensive than a regular tie. Worn to formal business events and on special occasions, this tie can be formed into a firm and easy knot.
This tie was introduced to the world in 1950s-60s when popular bands such as The Beatles wore them while performing. As the name suggests, they are thinner than regular ties. Skinny ties should be worn with medium or narrow spread collars and with narrow suit lapels. These slimmer ties are best suited on thin and tall men as they make short and stout men look stouter.
Skinny ties work with both business casual and business formal looks. However, work isn’t the only place you can wear them; you can also wear these on a night out for an edgy look.
Ascot ties are a modern version of the traditional cravat. Typically made of silk, the ascot tie is a neckband that is looped over and pinned in place under the dress shirt. It is a thick neckwear that covers a significant part of your neck. Unlike other apron ties, ascot ties have a more luxurious aesthetic. Hence, they are worn with formal wear, particularly morning suits.
A cravat is the forerunner of the ascot. It is a neckband that is tied several times and covers most of the neck. Traditionally, it was worn by military officials in the 17th century. A lot of officials also wear a cravat as a part of their uniform. Cravats are also worn with tailcoats at white tie events. They come in various patterns and colours and are tied at the back of the neck unlike an ascot that is clipped on.
A neckerchief was initially worn by sailors and cowboys but is not most commonly seen on boy scouts. They have become quite versatile and can be worn in a few different ways – knot at the back, knot at the front, or knot to the side - with both casual and smart casual looks.
The Bow Tie
Bow ties are a fun alternative to traditional ties and are an essential part of a tuxedo. Although bow ties are often worn with formal wear they can also be paired with pants and a sports jacket to dress up an otherwise more casual look. Although pre-tied ones are available, if you’re sporting a bow tie, we highly recommend you tie it yourself. These have more character and of course, enable you to untie it at the end of the night for that desirable rakish look.
If you are looking for neckwear to add a distinct finish to your attire, The Suit Concierge can help. Not only do we make bespoke suits and shirts, but from our extensive range of fabrics, we can create a custom made tie, bow tie or cravat too! Browse through our website or book an appointment with us today!
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