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Tie versatility challenge

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Insomnia attacks lead to odd ideas: You are allowed to choose only five ties from your current wardrobe. What five do you pick to give yourself the most versatility? Not necessarily your overall favorites, but those that give you flexibility while maintaining style. Pictures encouraged. I'll post mine sometime after the sun comes up.
post #2 of 16
(1) "Roxy ties" dark blue woven tie. Nice sheen, verstaile color, great textured weave, ties nice thick knot. (2) Hickey Freeman bottle green woven with golden neat pattern. (3) Merlot Villa Bolgheri with dark blue bar stripes bordered by thin white stripes. My favorite striped tie. (4) Metallic blue Borrelli 7-fold with red woven neat pattern. (5) Carlo Franco red paisley (not the most versatile, but I've gotta keep it in the closet). (6) [I'm cheating] Dark lavender Givenchy tie with small white dots.
post #3 of 16
For me: RLPL Solid Silver tie Canali Purple tie with squares T&A Red Herringbone tie Carlo Franco Blue/Navy stripe tie Brioni Blue/Rust/Yellow stripe tie
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hmmm, it seemed like a good idea at the time, but tougher than you might think. From left, Brooks Brothers red, blue, yellow striped bow tie Breuer red with blue and white pine/paisleys (woven) RLPL navy with white diagonal pattern (woven) Carlo Franco orange/rust with blue diamonds (like Johnny, I played to a wardrobe strength and got my sevenfold in) Drake's burgundy neat print, 50 oz. twill Think of them as Desert Island ties. (Hey, if anyone's going to wear ties on an desert island this bunch will.)
post #5 of 16
Nice ties, Alan . Here are my swiss-army ties: Top row: 1 and 2 are Cerruti 1881. 3 is Armani Bottom row: T&A*2 B
post #6 of 16
Bjorn - beautiful shirt in the background. My 5 favorite ties (and why): 1. Brooks Brothers self tie black bow tie - no gentleman should be without one. 2. Ralph Lauren Polo solid silver satin tie - works well with almost everything. Visions of Cary Grant in An Affair to Remember. 3. Alan Flusser blue with gold woven skull & crossbones - for when I want to bend the "rules" as far as possible and play the mischevious accountant, or for when you simply want to say "f&%k you" to the world. 4. Ralph Lauren Polo blue and off white stripe tie (c. 1985) - I never get tired of this tie, and have worn it with blue blazers, jeans, chalk stripe suits. My most versatile tie. 5. Paul Stuart burgundy silk grenadine tie - a must have classic tie, perfect for tweeds, worsted, flannels, pin stripes, etc. And usually the cheapest tie in the rack. I have these in 4 or 5 different colors.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Bjorn, I love the Turnbulls, especially the right one. Cuffthis, I can see why you don't get tired of the striped RL. Any tie that can put in 20 years of service has earned its keep.
post #8 of 16
Alan, I have a four-in-hand in the same silk as your bowtie. I absolutely love the color of the red, it is very, very deep. I'm trying to move away from repp ties, but I haven't found any red tie that can match that.
post #9 of 16
Here's my 5: From L-R. 1. Hermes, perfect "power tie" for business-type occasions; I prefer the bright red color over the usual drab maroon/burgundy. 2. Hermes, another very versatile tie: the navy makes it work for any dressy occasion, and the contrasting light blue stripes add some vibrancy. 3. Armani Collezioni, basic black tie (despite the naysayers, I may even wear it to an "edgy" black tie party if that ever comes up). It's hard to see in the picture, but the tie has a woven self-stripe to give it some texture as well. 4. Turnbull & Asser, purple with pastel stripes. Almost all of my dress shirts are pastel and have elements of either blue, green, or purple/lavender (my favorite colors), so this tie goes with pretty much all of them. 5. Kiton, green with red stripes. I actually don't have many shirts that go with it, but I like bright, colorful ties, and this one fits the bill very well. The white around the red stripes tones the effect down enough to make it a viable dressy option and not just a fun tie.
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Alan, I have a four-in-hand in the same silk as your bowtie.  I absolutely love the color of the red, it is very, very deep.  I'm trying to move away from repp ties, but I haven't found any red tie that can match that.
Maybe it's a Kentucky thing. It's funny that you mention moving away from repps/stripes. I've been moving toward them after years of avoidance. aybojs, I love those choices. The Hermes are superb.
post #11 of 16
ayj, I like those ties quite a bit, esp the Hermes, Kiton, and T&A. cuff, I really like the blue/offwhite tie, and I have a similar silver tie from RL (Purple Label)
post #12 of 16
my ties: I switched up a little bit from my original post. From left to right: Brioni blue/yellow/rust striped tie. Canali Purple square stripe tie Carlo Franco 7-fold blue/navy tie RLPL Solid Silver tie. I added a couple more. J Crew Navy/light blue stripe tie, Etro blue stripe tie, Etro purple stripe tie. These last two are more evening ties than for business.
post #13 of 16
Is the question to be understood as "What are the 5 kinds of ties that are the most versatile?" or as "What set of 5 ties is as a set the most versatile?" If the second applies then Bjorn's ties being mostly blue would not make a very versatile set. Nothing personal Bjorn. Mathieu
post #14 of 16
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Is the question to be understood as "What are the 5 kinds of ties that are the most versatile?" or as "What set of 5 ties is as a set the most versatile?" If the second applies then Bjorn's ties being mostly blue would not make a very versatile set. Nothing personal Bjorn. Mathieu
I conceived of it as a set. These are the only ties you can keep from your wardrobe. I tried to pick a versatile red, a versatile blue and one with earth tones. The Drake's neat struck me as a classic and I wanted a bow tie. Maybe Bjorn likes blue a lot.
post #15 of 16
I initially chose a red tie in my ensemble, then realized that I didn't wear it that much really. I do have some red power ties, but I normally wear ties from the first five I posted (the two etro ties were just for fun)
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