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Which of these ties would you choose?

post #1 of 17
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I have a multistripe tie that is mostly dark red with a bit of gold and deep blue that is by far my favorite tie. It became my "go-to" tie for interviews and ended up being worn pretty frequently. Now it's starting to get beat up a bit and the longevity on it wasn't that great because it wasn't a high quality tie to begin with, so I'd like to replace it with something else. Of these ties, which would you pick? I don't think any of them are as nice aesthetically as the one I have although they're all of higher quality.
post #2 of 17
Definitely the first one.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
I thought that was the best looking as well, although it looks almost nothing like my other tie despite being theoretically similar (red/gold/blue stripes of varying width). I'm mainly considering the first and second. First is a department store tie whereas the second is a nice 7-fold.
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by bdbb View Post
I have a multistripe tie that is mostly dark red with a bit of gold and deep blue that is by far my favorite tie. It became my "go-to" tie for interviews and ended up being worn pretty frequently. Now it's starting to get beat up a bit and the longevity on it wasn't that great because it wasn't a high quality tie to begin with, so I'd like to replace it with something else.

Of these ties, which would you pick? I don't think any of them are as nice aesthetically as the one I have although they're all of higher quality.



Agree, the first one. I'll go a bit further, though: the multistripe on satin trend appears to have run its course. (That shouldn't be considered a snark, just an honest observation.) Also, they all look a touch wide for current styles (again, sidebar here - that certainly wouldn't stop me from wearing something I liked, and as a big guy, the whole anemic Band of Outsiders-style tie has no appeal for me.)

If it were me and I wanted a versatile, long-wearing stripe, I would go to Brooks Brothers and buy a simpler repp stripe, maybe what they call a #1 Stripe. From personal experience, I can tell you one of the best ties to combine a navy suit/sportcoat and a white shirt with is the dark navy/white bar stripe tie. (Also, when the facing starts wearing through at the bottom edge, you can barely tell - the dark navy blends perfectly into the black warp.) Ben Silver makes a nearly encyclopedic line of authentic British regimentals and old-school ties, as well as some "regular" repp stripes. Robert Talbott used to as well, but I haven't seen the regimental line in stores for years; you can still find them on eBay. They also have the occasional, very handsome, simple and expensive stripe (repps and satins) in the BOC line.
post #5 of 17
I'd go the first one as well. #2 & 3 are a bit too busy.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by bror.00 View Post
I'd go the first one as well. #2 & 3 are a bit too busy.

Another vote for #1. There is no way I'd wear either of the other two.
post #7 of 17
I wouldn't wear any of them, but #1 is the only one which doesn't make me feel a little dead inside.
post #8 of 17
For an interview or important business situation, they are all too busy, IMHO. I would definitely go with something more simple, with only two or three colors. For a striped tie, I think a two color alternating stripe is best.

Something like this, for example:

http://img299.imageshack.us/my.php?image=5f561fn6.jpg

O'Connell's still has the Talbott regimental styles and Talbott's version of the Brooks triple stripe.

If I had to choose between the three ties, the first one on the left is by far the least offensive.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by kiLLscaLLion View Post
Definitely the first one.
+1
post #10 of 17
Why choose? I would go w/ #3 if I could only afford one.
post #11 of 17
#1 gets my vote
post #12 of 17
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O'Connell's still has the Talbott regimental styles and Talbott's version of the Brooks triple stripe.


Thanks for the tip. I bought my first one (the Royal Navy Brigadier) at Nordie's for $33.50, half a lifetime ago. I checked out O'Connell's site. They don't have the full range that used to be readily available; in my collection I have the Scots Greys and Argyll & Sutherland B, the alternate Argyll pattern that has more red in it, and I remember reselling an XL one in a blue/red/gold pattern, possibly Lothian & Border. It's entirely probable Talbott doesn't make as extensive a line anymore. We live in a different world.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by cvac View Post
For an interview or important business situation, they are all too busy, IMHO. I would definitely go with something more simple, with only two or three colors. For a striped tie, I think a two color alternating stripe is best.

Something like this, for example:

http://img299.imageshack.us/my.php?image=5f561fn6.jpg

O'Connell's still has the Talbott regimental styles and Talbott's version of the Brooks triple stripe.

If I had to choose between the three ties, the first one on the left is by far the least offensive.

I've never considered something like that before, but maybe I'll give it a shot. I think I won't be getting any of these 3 ties. I suppose deep down, I knew all of them were "off," and I was only interested in them in the first place because they're vaguely like the tie I need to replace.I wish I could have foreseen this back when I bought the tie...I would have just bought several of the exact same one.

How long should a tie last, anyways? I've worn this one 15-20 times tops, and it seems like it will last for maybe 5-10 more wears before I'll seriously need to consider phasing it out.
post #14 of 17
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I've never considered something like that before, but maybe I'll give it a shot. I think I won't be getting any of these 3 ties. I suppose deep down, I knew all of them were "off," and I was only interested in them in the first place because they're vaguely like the tie I need to replace.I wish I could have foreseen this back when I bought the tie...I would have just bought several of the exact same one.

How long should a tie last, anyways? I've worn this one 15-20 times tops, and it seems like it will last for maybe 5-10 more wears before I'll seriously need to consider phasing it out.

You're making the right decision. By going with a more trad tie, you won't need to worry about changing styles.

How long a tie lasts depends on several factors. The quality of the tie itself; the type of fabric (some fabrics wear longer than others); and how easy or rough you are on it, all play a role. For the last - how tightly do you insist on knotting it? Do you leave the knot alone for the rest of the day, or fiddle with it constantly? Do you sweat a lot? How do you hold your head when you work? (Sweathogs tend to stain the triangle of silk where the knot is exposed to the world, and where a big boy's double chin or jowls will come into contact with it.) Do you tuck it inside your shirt while eating or cover it with a napkin? Do you untie it carefully at the end of the workday and hang it on a tie rackj, or loosen it and leave it knotted? Obviously, a great deal of the answer to your question depends on you. Good habits in clothing care translate into long-term savings, especially if you dress in styles that don't require regular replacement.
post #15 of 17
I would go with #3. It would stand out from a traditional solid blue or navy suit. (It would also go well with a tan colored suit.) The color variation in the tie allows you to use different pocket squares and emphasize different colors. I always try to envision several different suit/tie/pocket square/shirt combinations when selecting these items. The last thing I want is to have to wear the same tie, shirt and pocket square combination each time I wear a particular suit. That's almost like having to wear a uniform. Allow the tie to give a splash of daring and excitement.

But as in most matters of style, you have to be happy and comfortable with what pleases you. Your opinion is what matters most.
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