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The Necktie Series, Part IV: Expanding your collection
Yesterday, I talked about the bare bones of a minimal tie collection. Today, I’ll talk about how to expand from there.
I considered putting knit ties in yesterday’s post, as they’re a strong enough staple. However, today’s post is about ties for specific functions, while yesterday’s are more all-purpose. In that sense, knit ties belong here, as they serve the function of being a casual necktie. It just so happens that men are so commonly in casual situations that a knit is probably going to be one of your more used pieces.
There are essentially three different types of knits: softer silks, crunchy silks, and wool. What you choose is purely a matter of preference. Any of these will help you play to the middle of the casual to formal spectrum and, like grenadines, help add some texture to your wardrobe.
Prince of Wales, Shepard’s checks, or houndstooths
Next, you will need a tie for formal events that aren’t black tie (which nobody properly throws nowadays anyway). If the dots on your pin dot tie are sufficiently small enough, it will be fine for formal function. Otherwise, you need some kind of checked tie. I recommend a Prince of Wales check (also known as a glen plaid), Shepard’s check, or houndstooth. These will work well for things such as weddings. Get them in an elegant color combination, drawn from colors such as black, gray, white, navy, and cream.
Seasonal ties: wool and linen
I’m a big fan of dressing to seasons. Heavy cashmere trousers with boots during the fall and winter seasons; tropical wool trousers with loafers in the spring and summer. As such, I strongly believe that you should have some seasonal ties. Wool ties for fall and winter, and linen ties for the spring and summer. Like everything else you’ve seen thus far, start with discrete patterns such as slight checks and stripes.
I used to think ancient madders were for old men, but I’ve since gotten some sense. When done well, they are the mark of a man who knows how to truly dress well - beyond just getting solid colored ties with textures.
Ancient madders have paisley or geometric designs, and typically come in dusty colors such as mustard yellow, matte jade green, and faded indigo blue. These patterns are printed on a special gum-twill silk, which, when combined with the madder dye, have a chalk hand (soft but powdery feeling). I find that they’re somewhat seasonal, like the linen and wool ties, and mainly feel right in the fall. It’s not as versatile as some of the other ties I’ve talked about, but when it feels right, it feels really right.
As for where to get these ties, my recommendations are the same from last time, so check my last installment.
While I don’t believe a tie is a requisite to being well dressed, I do believe that dressing well begins with a decision about a tie - namely the choice on whether or not you’re going to wear one. Should you decide to wear a tie, you should select the one you want to wear, and then let your choice in a shirt follow as a consequence. Thereafter, once you have selected these two elements, your choice in for a suit or jacket will be obvious, as it will be the frame for the elegant shirt and tie combination you’ve just created. This is, essentially, a method of dressing that revolves around the necktie, starting with the center and then moving outwards.
Thus, given the importance of the necktie, I thought I’d do a series on it. Too many men, especially those just beginning to improve their wardrobe, go on tie buying sprees, usually at bargain shops. They snag whatever discount deals they can get on any tie that might strike their fancy. This method of shopping lacks vision. It would be better to know what a strong, basic tie collection should look like, and then slowly work your way towards it. So for this series, I will discuss what ties make up that most basic collection, so that you might make better use of your money. Before that, however, I will talk a little about how ties are constructed and how to discern quality. Additionally, the series will also include a short discussion about tie knots, as well as tips for how to care for and repair your ties.
There are eight installments to this series, which makes this the longest series I’ve ever done. Rather than post one a day, I thought I’d intersperse them throughout a three week period, and talk about other topics in between each post. Keep an eye out for the series, however, as I hope to give you some new inspiration and enthusiasm for one of our favorite accessories.
The Necktie Series, Part II: The Manufacturing Process
I used to read a lot about how shoes are constructed, but one of the most educational experiences was watching videos like this, which actually showed the process being done. As such, I thought I’d follow up my post on Tuesday with the following four videos, which take you through one of the ways a handmade tie can be created.
Here you’ll see how the tie’s fabric is weaved and printed on. You’ll also be taken through each stage in the making of a handmade tie, including a seven fold. Notice the hand-done details, including how the tie is carefully pressed. These details help keep the edges soft and rolling, not made into a crease.
You may want to keep my previous post on hand, and review some of the terms while watching these videos. Between the two entries, you should have a reasonably strong knowledge about how ties are made and what details define their quality.
Check back next week, when I’ll begin to discuss what ties make up the most basic collection.