BUILDING A TIE COLLECTION
Through the centuries, man has become accustomed to things that some would call ‘luxuries’. With a habit of collection and consumption, we are no exception, especially when it comes to neckties.
If you are, like us, a fan of the necktie, and are keen to build up a respectable collection, then there are some things it pays to consider. This guidance is entirely borne of the successes and failures of our own experiences.
Plain neckties, whether cashmere or woven silk, are eminently practical. Checked shirts and loud stripes call for plain ties - one simply cannot do without the other. We would suggest buying woven ties over printed ties. The texture of a woven material adds depth to a tie and makes it more eye-catching. A strong base collection would consist of a burgundy red, a royal or navy blue, an old gold and a plain black. These strong colours are classic and work well with both plain white shirts and country checks. Gradually add to these staples with forest greens, ivories (for summertime), a variety of blues, mustards and light browns.
Striped ties are the next step. Not as daring as a pattern, and far easier to match with shirts and suits, striped ties boast versatility and an old-world, gentlemen’s club charm. Our thoughts are that there should be no more than four colourways on a club-striped tie - stick to classic two and three colour stripes which look the smartest, and most established. Navy blues, reds and greens are well matched with pinks, sky blues, golds and creams.
Having fallen out of favour for a while, patterned ties are back with a new future and it’s a bright one. Formerly, polka dots were in safe navy and red, navy and cream combinations. Now, colourways like lime and mid-blue, canary yellow and apple green have been added to the mix and lauded as instant classics. ‘Illustrated’ woven patterns can be both eye-catching and intriguing, but try to keep the objects small and tasteful. Excessive ‘artwork’ on ties can look garish, twee and attention-seeking.
One last thing…
Resist the temptation of a cartoon tie. You know what we mean, those cheap silk monstrosities with images of a Simpson’s family member. If you are anti-tie and cite this as your reason for wearing such an offensive accessory, it may be best to refrain from wearing a tie at all.