Friday, January 16, 2009

Tracking Down the Perfect Tie

One wardrobe necessity are solid color ties. Navy, burgundy or gray tie should find a place in every man's closet. A solid colored tie with a french cuff shirt is a very classic combo that isn't subject to much fading with trends. Buying a solid black tie is a plus can be worn daily at the office as well as for an elegant evening.

Something more style savvy is a high tech gray or black. These colors allow for multi-purpose wearing but draw people into your ensemble. Silk and satin ties have not only quality on their side, but ties made with high end fabric lay flatter and tend to alleviate the rippling effect after tying.

Stepping it up: A real head turner would be to choose a outgoing color. By this I mean bright shades of pink, green or blue. Although some say manly men wearing pink is a trend and will fade, it is definitely a great way to express your affable personality.

Patterns can get messy. But if you truly desire scheme in your tie selection, try to keep them simple designs. A variety of ties can be matched with numerous shirts putting them to good use. Repp stripes and diagonal stripes are the best way to go. While you may love batman, he is not the most commonly accepted pattern on a tie. Try something more subtle to express your comic book heroes, like cufflinks.

The origins of the designer tie
In the 1920's a pioneering Paris fashion designer, Jean Patou, invented the designer tie. He made silk ties from women's clothing material including patterns inspired by the latest art movements of the day, Cubism and Art Deco. Targeted toward women purchasers, his expensive ties were highly successful. Today women buy 80 percent of ties sold in the US. Therefore ties are often displayed near the perfume or women's clothing departments.

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