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Choosing Neckties: Which One Should You Really Buy?

Aug 4, 2008
Every man has to have neckties in his wardrobe. A neck tie is one of the major eminent clothing accessories that go along with the entire get up. That's why if you plan to go shopping for neckties, it might be a good idea to take your suit jacket or sport coat with you. This is so that you can work your style and color combinations in one unit and so that you won't end up with a bunch of ties that don't work when you come home to compare it with your suits.

In terms of choosing a tie, there are some things you should remember other than the color and style. It helps to attempt to wear the neck tie on and see whether it fastens a knot fine. When trying on the tie, its front end should be long enough to touch the waist of your pants. Also check whether you have a tie knot proportional to the collar. The tie knot shouldn't be too big so that it spreads the color, and neither should it be too small to the point that it gets lost in the collar.

Also, go for neckties made of materials like polyester or silk-polyester mix. In choosing a neck tie, make sure that you get one with some stuff in the interior area of the tie. This is to give the tie an expression to the image, so it wouldn't be flimsy. Another thing you should look out for is the lining of the tie. Make sure that it can retain its form. Most superior property ties are contoured with 100% wool so go with this choice in lining.

High quality neckties are cut across the fabric, so make a test before you buy one. Make a bind round form in your hand, and check whether it creates a spiral in the air. If it does, then it's not of good quality. It also helps to inspect the tie carefully and closely to see whether there are any loose ends and threads.

And remember, silk should be smooth. If ever you come across a tie made of silk but is rough to the touch, steer clear from it as it is of substandard quality. But if you still can't make up your mind, or you can't get one that properly suits your body shape, appearance, and get-up, then have a custom tie made. This way, you can really get a tie tailored to your size and personality.

In terms of design, avoid wearing overly flashy and bold designs especially if it's not in your personality to do so. If you're a professional or a businessman, forgo neckties with cartoon characters since most people would have a hard time taking you seriously if you wear those to work.

Stick to basic and classic colors that always work. Burgundy, navy, or a gold stripe tie will do the trick. Stripes also work well, and you will never go wrong with it. Paisleys in dark and medium toned colors will also do for almost every occasion.

Those are some things to remember when buying neckties. Remember, the necktie plays a vital role in your entire get-up so make sure that you choose your ties carefully.
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