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Ties Poll: Do you prefer Understatement or Boldness?

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Ties Poll: Do you prefer Understatement or Boldness?
 

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Equal, depending on what kind of look I'm going for.
 

DocHolliday

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I like a bold tie, but some I find over the top, like they're trying too hard. I tend to like ones that are fairly discreet -- navy with silver dots is both a classic and a personal favorite, for example. I also like black grenadine and other sedate ties. But properly combined with the right outfit, an understated tie can be very bold in its own right, I think.

Ultimately, I don't want people looking at just my tie.
 

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Subdued - but I think even an understated tie such as a solid grenadine needs to be thought out properly in relation to the shirt, suit and shoes.
It should be an integral part of the whole ensemble which should then project the impression you are well dressed overall.
It's best those who remark on your clothing can't exactly pinpoint any one item in particular which causes them to comment.
 

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What would you consider bold but perfectly wearable?
 

thinman

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Originally Posted by jml90
Equal, depending on what kind of look I'm going for.

Agreed. Sometimes I want to stand out; sometimes I want to stand out only if someone looks closely. It depends on my mood as well as the occasion.
 

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In general, I like ties like this:

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Recent pic posted by Soph

Not too understated and not too bold. Of course, the choice of tie depends on the rest of the outfit, and this pic shows a good example of how a slightly bolder tie is well balanced with the solid colors of the shirt and suit.

For more understated ties, I like silk and quality like this:

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Pic posted by Iammatt

For ties that fall under the understatement category, I think it is even more important to have very good silk quality and construction. That is what gives the tie it`s boldness and presence.
 

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Understated. I'm trying to project an image that matches my personality at work -- calm, thoughtful, diligent. Although I do have a navy tie with miniature woven Shiva's that has made some Asian ladies weak in the knees.
 

luk-cha

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i like both but in recent time i have been use HRHPOW as my shirt and tie icon
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Most definitely the occasion.

If it's a party, cocktail night maybe, I will go with something quite bold.

If it's business, understated elegance with perhaps a slight dash of personality somewhere.
 

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Wear both but more weighted to bold. If i'm wearing a conservative suit (Zegna, Brioni) then I'll go for a bolder tie like Richard James or Leonard or Versace. Not a fan of understated and conservative ties at all though that have stripes or small polka dots a la Armani, Kiton, Talbott, etc (prefer solids). For eg. that Olive tie that Dragon has [posted i would never ever wear..even if you paid me. Boring. Playing it safe. Ugly. Just my opinion and 2c worth.
 

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Originally Posted by Dragon
For ties that fall under the understatement category, I think it is even more important to have very good silk quality and construction. That is what gives the tie it`s boldness and presence.

This is key, the sheen of the tie, and very high quality silk, also a 7 fold construction 'basis' perhaps, I'm finding this to provide the understated yet with slight flair look I'm after. Also I feel Navy, burgundy, brown, dark dreen can do wonderous things. I really don't care for a tie that overpowers the suit and person. But I see alot more of these ties than well done, high end silk sophisticated and understated ties. The key as you say is the quality of the silk, it's as if those looking at the tie notice the quality/luxury of the silk over the graphic design of the tie itself. I have a solid Navy tie like this, and people always say that's looks like a really expensive / rich tie, yet it's not because it's some bright, bold overdone tie. It's still a case by case, event, season basis though, but for business which is where I wear ties, I'm going with your logic. I also believe this allows the cut of the suit to become more a focal point as is the wearer also.
 

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