Originally Posted by HarrisonK
Thanks for the insight. I suppose you're right about not using a windsor for that collar, I never thought of that. Its a lot more helpful when you to say, your knot is entirely to big, then when other people say "learn to tie a tie."
People can get overly snarky on SF, and new members tend to get special thrashings. If you can survive through it, there's a lot of information to be had here. Generally, you want to stick with the four in hand. You also want your tie to complement what you're wearing, but neither clash or overly match (no grey on grey). One easy way to do this is to pick ties that have a small secondary color, and then match things to that secondary color. You can also complement things through textures (such as pairing a raw silk tie with a merino cardigan). However, you should probably just start with the basics in colors. Also, I personally would advise also not wearing ties unless the occasion calls for it, otherwise it comes off as a fashion accessory. What you decide to wear each day should be somewhat functional and appropriate to your situation. Ties are a nice entry way into dressing well, but you should learn other ways of dressing better than don't involve ties. I recommend you buy a copy of Esquire's Handbook of Style
. It'll be a good introduction to some of these things. (As an aside, SWD folks will give me shit for trying to provide "rules" on such things, but I think for someone like you, it might help to get some guidelines down first. You can branch out and break rules later, but you should at least know some of the basics before you do).