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Know of a good guide for ties?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TreadNotOnMe, Oct 28, 2012.

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  1. TreadNotOnMe

    TreadNotOnMe Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, I am so terrible in determining what kind of tie to wear. Actually, what kind to BUY, because I have zero good ties.

    First, are there any general guides? I don't know anything about this, so not sure if generally I should be looking for solids, or stripes, or paisley, or what? By nature I'm usually a bit more conservative, if that helps.

    For now I wear only white shirts, once weekly, and have three pairs of slacks: one lighter grey with a very faint orange pin stripe, one that is medium grey, and one navy.

    Also, I'm not much for brand names. I don't have to spend tons of money for a brand name, but will spend a bit more if it actually means quality. Still, it seems to me sometimes the $15 tie and the $75 don't have much difference, at least as far as my untrained eye can see.

    Thanks for any help guys!
     
  2. plei89

    plei89 Well-Known Member

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    It's not about the brand name — you're paying for construction, fabrics, and handwork. If I showed you a 7-fold tie next to a $10 tie, you'll be able to tell the difference.
     
  3. TreadNotOnMe

    TreadNotOnMe Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Plei89, I appreciate the response. I don't doubt there are differences in construction. I don't even know what a 7-fold tie is. Any suggestions on where to go to learn about this, and any follow up on my color/style dilemma?
     
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    plei89 Well-Known Member

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    I would start with solid colored ties before getting into stripes. Get your navys, maroons, and dark browns. Then go for your conservative stripes and patterns.
     
  5. TreadNotOnMe

    TreadNotOnMe Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the great info guys, I'll be going through those links.
     
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    Proceed in order of utility

    >Solids
    >>Neat prints, small patterns (printed, not woven)
    >>>Stripes
    >>>Paisley, medallions
    >>>>Fun, knit, linen, etc.

    Start with the first two. Proceed to wool iterations of the same once confident with that. Dark, sedate colors first. Proceed to cute pinks and the like only once you master that, but this step is optional. Needless to say, no figural representations of animals, moons, cowboy hats, logos, etc.
     
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    I really don't care for printed silk for the most part. I know I'm weird.
     
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    The ones that I particularly like are the Tie Bar online and Etro over at Nordstrom.
     
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    Thanks for this, interesting article with some good videos.
     

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