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When are Brown Ties Okay?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mensimageconsultant, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    [This subject has been endorsed by a tie retailer :slayer:]

    When is it okay to wear a (virtually solid medium- or dark) brown tie? Let's assume suit-and-tie (or odd jacket with tie) makes sense for the dress code. Let's also assume (a bit broadly) that brown tie is not 'proper' for interviews, weddings, funerals, and evening wear. How about with a conservative suit, such as double-breasted, three-piece, or navy pinstripe? To an appointment with a new client or an important business meeting? Thoughts are welcome.
     
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  2. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    They can work in a variety of situations. Put the tie on, and judge for yourself.
     
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    landshark Senior member

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    I often wear a brown knit tie to church with a grey/brown wool suit. I dont wear it with much else, but I wouldn't mind wearing it with a navy or grey suit/jacket with brown leathers.
     
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    Achilles_ Senior member

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    I wear brown ties with my navy suits all the time. I think the colors look amazing together. (i can't think of a time when it wouldn't be ok for business use, unless you are thing to a formal event) I wouldn't wear it to an interview though.

    For the record i have two solid navy suits, a flannel navy pinstripe three piece, and a solid navy flannel suit. Brown ties and green are my favorite to wear with my navy suits.
     
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  5. scotchman

    scotchman Well-Known Member

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    I like brown ties with navy or grey suits. Just make sure your brown shoes are close in color.
     
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    msulinski Senior member

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    I agree that they work well with navy and gray suits. I don't know that I would really care if they matched the shoes, but I think you would have to be wearing brown shoes and not black.

    As for whether or not they are appropriate for work situations, I see no issue with it, but it could depend on your locale and formality of your work environment. I have a brown Macclesfield print and a brown grenadine that I wear with suits to work all the time.
     
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  7. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Upon further reflection, it seems that solid brown knit ties are more versatile than solid brown woven ties. Because when knit is okay, almost any color is.
     
  9. Crat

    Crat Senior member

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    I own one brown tie (wool) and it is my favourite tie in all the world : )
    They are for more versatile than one may suspect.
    Actually I just posted a waywt here in which I'm wearing it.
     
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  10. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Besides blue, brown is my favorite color of tie. I've 2 brown cashmeres, a brown cotton, a brown knitted silk, a brown wool/cotton blend, a brown grenadine, and two brown silks. They get paired with navy or blue jackets and light blue or patterned (often dominated by blue) shirts.
     
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    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    ^same here, I wear brown ties all the time. Mostly neats, not solids, although I have a solid grenadine that comes in handy plenty often.
     
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    +1.
     
  13. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Senior member

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    I have about 5 brown ties (twill, wool, knit, madder) and wear them with mostly with navy/mid-grey suits as well as blue blazers. Here's a pic where I wore one with a three piece charcoal suit:


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  14. Crat

    Crat Senior member

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    V. nice Mr. G.
     
  15. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    brown ties are for:

    1) spring planting of the crops
    2) autumn harvest.
     
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  16. Gerry Nelson

    Gerry Nelson Senior member

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    [​IMG]
     
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    :crackup:
     
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  18. RogerC

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    When you're an alumnus of New College, Oxford. Apart from that, love'em, although I will wear them mostly in autumn and winter.
     
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    Henry Carter Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    So given the opinions, and basically unanimous appeal have I/we changed your mind now? (it was on my affiliate thread that this discussion first started for the others that have posted)
     
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