A Gentleman's Guide To Choosing The Right Tie For Any Occassion

It seems that they're a dying breed... Ties are no longer as popular as they were twenty or thirty years ago.

You could argue that they were more necessary in those days since dress-codes were much stricter.

With the rise of business casual outfits in the workplace we're seeing golf shirts and khakis taking the place of suits.

Ya, this look can be more comfortable but it does come with its limitations.

There's nothing sexier and more powerful than a man in a suit.


This is true in the workplace and when you're out socializing.

A well-fitted suit says to the world that you're a man who's worth taking seriously because you take yourself seriously.

But what really puts you above and beyond other men is how much attention you pay to the details.

Details like the accessories you wear that will enhance your outfit.

Most men can get away with wearing a suit and having it tailored so that it fits properly.

One of the easiest ways to stand out and getting noticed is by adding ties to your outfits.

Though you may not wear one to work all of the time there's always weddings, formal events (like dinner parties), and other occasions that require us to dress up.

To help you narrow down the options and figure out which tie is best for you, I've compiled the following tips.

Traditional Ties:

This one's likely the easiest one to approach.

Since we've been exposed to ties since we were boys, it's fairly easy to figure out when to wear one and when not to.

I've heard it so many times before.

You might be thinking, "I hate wearing ties. They're uncomfortable and restrictive."

Arguably that is a valid point. Allow me to challenge you on that belief.

Yes ties can be uncomfortable (if you choose to view them this way) but they instantly improve your style and will easily raise the standard of how people view you.

You're in an advantageous position now that so many guys are leaning towards taking a more casual approach with their professional image.

A simple act like adding a tie to your outfit says a lot about how a man views himself.

He's willing to go the extra mile and views himself with the respect that a leader deserves.

In an a time when most guys are choosing to ditch ties, consider going the opposite route.

The short-term discomfort will be well worth it.

Eventually you'll get so used to wearing a tie that you won't even notice it there.



Make a statement without being too loud.

Knit-ties are a modern trend we've been seeing a lot of over the last couple of years.

Tread lightly with this one since it's hard to say how long they'll be relevant for.

Knit-ties are great for business or business casual settings since they'll still help you maintain a sense of professionalism.

This is great since a knit-tie can easily take what would normally be a traditional outfit (which may come across as uptight) and tone it down.

That's because of their youthful appeal - which might be the main reason why you'll want to explore knit-ties.

It's not often (if ever) that you'll see a Fortune 500 executive wearing a knit-tie to a board meeting.

They're more appropriate for someone who's willing to stand out from the crowd by adding a little texture and creativity to their outfit.

Knit-ties are great for casual get-togethers, like meeting friends for drinks on Saturday night out on the town.

You can easily throw one on with a black leather jacket, white button-up shirt, black jeans, and black or white sneakers.

A go-to combo that strikes a nice balance between being rebellious and being well put-together.



Looking to make a statement?

The bow-tie will be your best bet in this case.

Though they have become more popular in recent years, very few men are willing to commit to a bow-tie.

It's no surprise why.

First of all, they're hard to pull off without looking eccentric, nerdy, or un-natural.

Another reason most men will stay away from bow-ties is because they don't know how to tie them.

That makes sense, especially if you choose to go the bow-tie route.

This can't be stressed enough -- NEVER buy a clip-on bow-tie.

If you decide to take the leap, make sure it's one that you have to tie yourself.

Of course it will be challenging at first.

I remember when I first learned how to tie a bow-tie.

There was a ton of trial and error and more than a few times that I went out in public with a lopsided tie.

Thankfully my friend Jeff (who attended several black-tie events during his years of service in the military) was kind enough to show me the ropes while at a wedding we both attended.

As time went on and I gained more practise wearing and tying them, it became easy!

So easy that I can now tie one without using a mirror.

Bow-ties are best reserved for more formal occasions.

Weddings are ideal!

Other events like New Year's Eve parties, formal dinners, and special occasions (like anniversaries) are also appropriate for bow-ties.

You can get away with wearing them to the office during the week as long as you're ok with branding yourself as a creative type or outside of the box thinker.


Last Thoughts:

You may still be on the fence about wearing a tie, that's ok.

At least you now still have enough information to make an informed decision about which one's best for you.

Ties are more than just about following the dress-code rules.

They bring outfits together and have the ability to take a suited-up look from sloppy to sexy.

Hopefully you enjoyed today's article.

Thank you for taking the time to read it.

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