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.

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Plains

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.

Stripes

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.

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Patterns

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.

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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.

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