Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Gerry Nelson, Sep 2, 2014.
Brother Adso of Melk and Brother Jorge of Burgos.
Seems you've already decided on the one with "me" written all over it.
Yes, I have the same problem. I have one that is a bit more autumnal than the others, which is more in keeping with the weather here at the moment, so that may have to be the one.
I suppose there's a different between loud and "garish" - we don't want to go down that road. I have a few that would be considered "garish", but then again some others might consider a tie to be loud where I don't.
For example, my "ducky tie" - the red one with the seagulls which actually got a good few thumbs - would certainly be loud, but for this I'm not sure I'd use it. I have some strong pink and yellow ones, but again they would edge toward garishness.
I'll have to look through my ties and see what I have!
I think there are two ways to do this - and they are both about context. One is the loud / quiet combination - using a very sober background for the tie, and the other is the approach which makes the tie part of a complete and coherent loud fit. The former is easier (especially for those with an 'SF approved' wardrobe) but requires the tie to be of an undeniably superior quality - because it will be highlighted.
Consider these two examples (from me in 2012 - not suggesting they are the best around, I just have the pics and they were part of a series of experiments I did on exactly the question of loud ties):
Same suit, but in the first instance, the tie is amazing loud but the design is coherent and the tie itself is of a high quality, and in the second it's badly-designed, cheap and loud.
The latter is much harder, but actually the tie does not have to be quite so awesome in itself - @barims and @LabelKing do / did this exceptionally well.
Anything inbetween is going to have problems (IMHO)...
Well said, FM. I fall into the first category but the quality of the tie was something I hadn't thought about. Of course, now that you've said it, it makes perfect sense. You can't take any old tie and put it against a muted background and have the outfit work.
Some of my candidates:
The one on the left, Erik. You know you can do this.
It's down to that one or the second from the right (actually one of my favourite ties).
I love that tie, the second from the right. The first one is more challenging though
Was my entry from last week some unintended inspiration? (NOT a qualifying entry)
I think I'm at the ebb of my loudness sine wave this week, but let's see where the week takes me. Subscribed, if nothing else.
A 90s banker 'power' tie. Not tasteful, but it sure is fun.
The leopards on my tie are coming for you, so you better start running:
EFV, I like the green one. Do that.
Since I happen to be wearing a fairly loud tie today...
There's no excuse for that one, sorry!
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