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Building a tie wardrode

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
What do you consider the key elements to a basic tie wardrobe and then build on from there (same as with suits we always have navy solid, charcoal, pinstripes, maybe a glenplaid, build on with a grey flannel, tan for warmer months, ect)? Currently I have a couple of baby blue (I call it Bush blue) geometric ties, burgandy stripe (with navy and gold), burgandy solid, navy with white and blue dots, navy stripe, bottle green geometric, red with blue dots, yellow stripe. Overall I'm very interesting in putting together great shirt/tie combos as I think this really pulls a look together, but I'm not always so great a coordinating.
post #2 of 14
Add some pinks and purples first. I find that they add just the right amount of color for a business-level setting without being as loud as a similarly colored shirt might be. I purchased a brown Zegna tie today, probably not the most versatile tie, but I've had my eye on it for about eight months, and it went to 75% off today so I snatched it up. I think brown looks great with charcoal suits and brown shoes.
post #3 of 14
I agree with hopkins_student. I like pinks and purples to augment what you have. I personally have been wanting to get a pink tie (I am particularily tempted with FIH's offer in buying/selling and he has some very nice ones) if I had the money (and wore ties more often).
post #4 of 14
Coming from a different direction, for patterns look into some paisleys and neats. Colorwise, I agree with the above: add purple, pink and some earth tones/browns.
post #5 of 14
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Wow look at all these purples - Purple
post #6 of 14
This one's not bad.
post #7 of 14
Here's another vote for purple, or even better it's close cousin, plum, which is a little more subdued. I have a nice plum Brioni that works with everything. Brown or rust colors are great with navy and charcoal. All of these can usually be found with subtle dots to pick up a shirt color.
post #8 of 14
Id opt for as many solid color ties as possible. They are easier to match to a variety of suits and shirts, and are more versatile than most other ties (black, navy, red, grey, etc). After solids, I would start with simple designs like polka dots, spitlesfield and macclesfield(sp?)style ties. If you dont have alot of ties, you would want to avoid loud ones since you will be wearing them quite often. Ive actually started the process of paring down my tie collection. I have really focused on what I actually wear, and it turns out that its generally black, navy, and silver grenadine. I have started buying duplicated of these and I am slowly giving the rest of my collection to friends. Thats my 2 cents.
post #9 of 14
Does anyone here have ONE tie for EACH shirt? That special ONE tie that is 'perfect' with the shirt/suit? I tend to be of the type that buys a tie when I see/like/want it rather than need it. (I've learned to buy when you see, not when you need.) Sometimes I run into mass sales and grab 3 or 4 just for kicks. You can always find its match later. At the same time Ive also picked up an exclusive shirt-tie combo for a special occasion (graduation from college or a barmitvah). I've seen people with smashing shirt/tie combinations and wonder if they ONLY wear them exclusively. Wondering how others go about this... e
post #10 of 14
I've never bought a tie to go with a shirt. I wear mostly white and blue shirts with ties, so not usually a big deal.
post #11 of 14
If you wear "complicated" (aka busy) ties like Hermes, you'd bring your jacket to the store to find a match there (except for blazers and solids). That's what I do with plaid jackets or striped suits-which can be a chore. So I do wind up with a specific tie for a specific jacket. If you have multiple patterns for jackets, shirts, and ties, I don't know what you do. If you start out buying solids or houndstooths (grenadines are good for suits per Phil's posts and solid cashmere or twills are less formal and may be better for jackets), then you'll spend less time and make fewer "mistakes".
post #12 of 14
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Does anyone here have ONE tie for EACH shirt?  That special ONE tie that is 'perfect' with the shirt/suit? I tend to be of the type that buys a tie when I see/like/want it rather than need it.  (I've learned to buy when you see, not when you need.)  Sometimes I run into mass sales and grab 3 or 4 just for kicks. You can always find its match later.  At the same time Ive also picked up an exclusive shirt-tie combo for a special occasion (graduation from college or a barmitvah). I've seen people with smashing shirt/tie combinations and wonder if they ONLY wear them exclusively. Wondering how others go about this... e
I like to buy solid ties lately just to avoid this. Because I have a lot of ties that I would only wear with a specific shirt. But in Dubai I bought a nice Valentino shirt with a matching tie. Again something I would only wear in combination with each other. I also have light blue Louis Vuitton tie I prefer to wear with a pinkbodied white french cuffed/collared Barba di Napoli shirt. This shirt I really like with the LV tie, I wouldn't wear it with a different tie.
post #13 of 14
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Coming from a different direction, for patterns look into some paisleys and neats. Colorwise, I agree with the above: add purple, pink and some earth tones/browns.
Agree completely. A deep chocolate brown (i.e. more red than grey in the brown) paisley with some charcoal and some dark crimson highlights in it would really make a solid Charcoal suit just jump. Got anything like that Chuck?
post #14 of 14
Another way to approach it is that you should have the basic solids (black, silver and navy) and a collection of secondary colors that suit your coloring, in patterns that appeal to you. A rule of thumb is at least two ties for each shirt and suit combination, particularly suits that are a little harder to match. You want four or more looks for each suit so you get don't tired of wearing the same combination all the time. Will
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