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Tie question

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MaxTO, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. MaxTO

    MaxTO Active Member

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    Hey,

    I'm getting a solid black tie with no pattern as a present. The only way I can think of wearing it would be with a white shirt and a black suit.
    What other combos would work? Would it work with a navy suit?

    Thanks.
     


  2. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    I like the solid or black/white striped tie with medium-grey suit and white shirt. black shoes of course. I'm a very monochromatic guy, though.
     


  3. paul44

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    I personally like the idea of a black tie, depending on what sort it is; grenadine, foulard, repp, twill.

    Black neckties go with anything, although the look is a bit dull and uniform-ish.

    I think I read George Frazier eventually settled on a black grenadine for his daily tie.

    I know of a few Savile Row cutters who wear the same tie quite often, a grenadine in a color like navy, gray or black.

    Cary Grant recommended in 1962, "If I had only one to choose, then I think a black foulard, not too wide nor too narrow, is best as it's acceptable with most clothes."

    And we all know of the James Bond films and other well-dressed men from the early 60s and late 50s who would wear solid ties in navy and black quite often with suits of any sort.

    Yes, it's a dull option.  I kind of prefer solid dark navy.  But black is also versatile, as long as it's of high quality.  I think the Army has soldiers and officers wear black ties, don't they?  U.S. Navy perhaps, also.

    Which brings me to my question on this subject:  Does anyone know where I can get a good-quality black foulard, as described?  Thanks.
     


  4. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    I need to get a quality black tie, probably a grenadine, primarily as a funeral tie. Ben Silver had a nice looking black ottoman on clearance but it seems to have sold out.

    Solid ties can help ground a bolder shirt and/or suit. They can be a good option.
     


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    nightowl6261a Distinguished Member

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    If anyone has a tie question, one should ask the tie king, jerrysfriend.....do you know how many he has?
     


  6. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    I find that a solid black tie is quite versatile. The plainer the other parts of your ensemble, the more "funereal" you will look. Hence a white shirt and dark suit with a plain black tie looks pretty darn somber.

    I like to wear mine with fancy striped and checked shirts -- especially if the shirt has black or gray in the pattern. And I will wear the tie with any color suit. It is also, by the way, a great "equalizer" to wear with a patterned suit and patterned shirt. It both brings the shirt and suit together and tones down the whole. Highly recommended.
     


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    Alexander Kabbaz Distinguished Member

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    Ahhhh ... after 55 pages, man descends from pedestal long enough to permit black to remain in the universe.
     


  8. MaxTO

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    Beginning to get some ideas now...

    Thanks.
     


  9. kabert

    kabert Distinguished Member

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    I think a plain black tie could easily be worn with a beige/taupe suit with an interesting shirt, stripes perhaps. Â I have a black with small white diamonds tie that is definitely not a "beautiful" tie but it is very classic and extremely versatile (I also wear it with blue suits in addition to beige ones). Not THIS is a great black tie. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....5770722
     


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