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Wedding Ties

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by itsstillmatt, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. Darkside

    Darkside Senior member

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    Bumping this thread. I read through most of it and it's just black/white POW pattern getting recommended over and over. Any other patterns, colors people use for weddings (as guests)?

    @Archibald Leach Why do you recommend against the black grenadine?
     
  2. Bounder

    Bounder Senior member

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    Not true. Wedding ties, by definition, have a limited palette, black, white, silver, grey and, occasionally, dark blue. POW, sheppards check and houndstooth are classics, but there are lots of acceptable patterns. Sam Hober has several, for example.

    http://www.samhober.com/formal-wedding-silk-ties/

    Personally, I prefer a small houndstooth as I think it's visually interesting but not intrusive which makes it fine for things other than weddings.

    http://www.patriziocappelli.it/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=648
     
  3. idfnl

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    +1

    Most of the suggestions in this thread are highly conservative. I was at a wedding early in the summer and wore a salmon colored tie. Some weddings are a more festive themes than others, which should influence the choice. As a guest, I think you have lots of flexibility. As a groom, less so, but again it comes down to the theme of the wedding.
     
  4. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    I'm a big fan of black grenadine ties, just not for weddings. Black can be a lovely color for a tie and I like grenadine silk, but I cannot call black grenadine festive. Stylish, elegant, sometimes somber, yes. Festive, no. I have worn a silver / grey grenadine before to weddings (mostly before I bought a couple of wedding ties), and thought it looked very nice.
     
  5. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Well, it really comes down to how traditional you want your attire to be. I'd say most people would be surprised to learn that there are such things as wedding ties. I see them as a little bit of lesser known tradition that is worth preserving, but I doubt anyone suffers adverse consequences for not wearing them. Fortunately, wedding ties look great with a white shirt and dark suit (perhaps slightly lighter suits in summer), so it's not like you are giving up opportunities for elegance by wearing them. I guess one could say that there are many ties one could wear to a wedding and look nice in, but not all of these ties are wedding ties.
     
  6. Darkside

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    I have just worn the "wedding tie" with the same group of friends already earlier this year and wanted to try something different. I'm in that age range where I have a wedding to attend every few months, and I don't want to be the guy who wears the same tie every time.
     
  7. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    ^ I get that. The smartass in me wants to tell you that the answer is to acquire more wedding ties...

    Seriously, though, I do think the dark suit, white shirt and lighter colored tie is a good general guideline. A silver grenadine would be great if you have one, but failing that, I'd go with a conservative tie.
     
  8. Bounder

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    This.

    "Wedding Ties" are a specific thing, like "Dinner Suits". Nobody says you can only eat dinner wearing a tuxedo, though it certainly looks great when you do.

    Of course, you can wear a tie other than a "Wedding Tie" to a wedding. It is impressive enough that you are wearing a tie. At some weddings, it is impressive enough that you are wearing shoes.

    In fact, a "Wedding Tie" may not be the best choice for a wedding, depending on the wedding. For example, I recently went to a wedding in Hong Kong and wore a bright red tie and a blue shirt since white is associated with mourning and funerals in Chinese culture.
     
  9. idfnl

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    Nobody will notice unless it's something outlandish.
     
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  10. AdductorMagnus

    AdductorMagnus Well-Known Member

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    Any leads on a tie similar to Kent Wangs b/w shepherd's check in a more student-friendly pricerange? I'm in Europe.
    Heck, maybe someone finds themselves owning too many wedding ties and would sell me one?
     
  11. colco

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    Wang is about as affordable as a premium tie maker gets. Check out ebay.
     
  12. colco

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    If you buy, say a blue/white sheppard check, a grey pow and a black/silver houndstooth you'd have three ties you could wear to any festive occassion you needed to attend for the rest of your life.
     
  13. Testudo_Aubreii

    Testudo_Aubreii Senior member

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    Agreed. Polo Ralph Lauren does them. Kent Wang's are nicer, and Hober's nicer still, but the PRLs are perfectly fine. There's usually one floating around on eBay.
     
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  14. AdductorMagnus

    AdductorMagnus Well-Known Member

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    So, subscribe to a PRL search on eBay, and in lieu of a good one showing up, go for a Wang. 85 bucks... I guess I could swing it. This semester is gonna suck liquidity-wise anyway. Guess it'll last me quite a few years though.
     
  15. Testudo_Aubreii

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    Here's a short one (55", so be careful) with a stripe. I also found a bowtie in a B&W houndstooth.
     
  16. Bounder

    Bounder Senior member

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    A few months ago, I ran across a quite nice black and silver houndstooth in Charles Tyrwhitt, of all places. The lining was a bit heavy for my taste, but otherwise, it was a perfectly respectable example, and quite inexpensive.
     

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