Tie It Up: A Tie for Every Occasion

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Tie It Up: A Tie for Every Occasion
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When it comes to getting dressed, most men like to keep it simple with outfits that are easy to coordinate. But adding a tie to the mix complicates things. From wools, silks and knits to paisleys, stripes and solids, there are more ties out there than most men know what to do with. But knowing which pattern, fabric and style is the right choice -- be it date night, a workday or a special occasion -- makes struggling to put together an outfit a thing of the past.

The Everyday Tie
The Knottery

The Everyday Tie

Think ties can only be worn to the office or black-tie affairs? Think again. These days, stylish men are wearing them everywhere. Whether it’s to grab drinks with a friend or spend a day running errands, a slim, black, silk knit tie keeps any look casual but put together. “Don’t be afraid to throw it on with a denim shirt or a chambray shirt,” suggested George Brescia, a New York City-based image consultant and creator of GeorgeBStyle.

The Office Tie
J.Hilburn

The Office Tie

When dressing for work, picking a tie that’s appropriate for your profession or work environment is key, said Ron Elkus, co-owner of The Shirt Box, a men’s clothing shop in Farmington Hills, Michigan. If your office is more professional, choose ties in solid colors or classic patterns. If you’re in a more creative field, wear a narrower or subtly patterned tie, like a black-and-white polka-dot or pin-dot tie. Brescia suggested throwing on the latter with a black pinstripe suit and white shirt to nail a stylish and casually professional look.

The Social Hour Tie
Skinny Ties

The Social Hour Tie

Whether it’s happy hour or a night out with the guys, social settings are a good place to show off your fashion sense. Go for one of the most popular tie styles in recent years -- a “Mad Men”-inspired thin tie in a cool pattern -- and pair it with a modern-cut suit. Look for a tie that’s 2 1/4-to-2 3/4 inches wide, especially if you’re a thinner, younger guy, Elkus said. Don’t fit this description? Try a wider tie in a striped pattern for a more collegiate look.

The Date Night Tie
Paul Frederick

The Date Night Tie

If there’s one occasion when a man really needs to dress to impress, date night is it. Whether it’s the first date or the 100th, create a polished look you’ll be confident in by sticking with a solid tie in a shade that’s bold but won’t steal all of the attention, like teal or burgundy. Brescia suggested pairing it with a navy blazer, a gingham shirt in a complementary color, a pair of dark denim jeans and classic brown leather loafers.

The Weekend Brunch Tie
hook+ALBERT

The Weekend Brunch Tie

Now a rite of passage for any food lover, weekend brunch is also an ideal time to show off your style -- and the right tie can help you do that. Try a monochromatic look up top with a navy tie, shirt and blazer and pair it with a colored jean, Brescia suggested. You can also opt for something with more color, pattern and personality, such as a plaid bow tie. Put it on with a classic oxford shirt and khakis or dark denim for an effortlessly cool look.

The Formal Tie
Alexander Olch

The Formal Tie

If you’re heading to a black-tie affair -- be it a charity gala, upscale work event or elegant wedding -- dressing to the nines is a given. And what goes better with a tuxedo or spiffy suit than a black silk or satin tie? For the nicest occasions, stick with a self-tie black bow tie with a tux or black suit. For more casual weddings or events, throw on a solid silk tie with a light-colored shirt, blazer and khakis or dress pants to celebrate in style .

The Summer Tie
Apple & Ivy

The Summer Tie

Not all tie fabrics are made equal, and some are better fitted for certain seasons. So when the weather heats up and you turn to cotton suits and shirts, it’s time for a cotton tie, too. For the summer, Brescia suggested sticking with solid cotton ties in a playful color that works with your hair color. “You want to know what colors you look good in,” he said. “Darker-haired guys are really great in bolder colors and jewel tones, while blond guys are better in camels and earth tones.”

The Winter Tie
Epaulet New York

The Winter Tie

Once the temperature drops and you start piling on the sweaters and heavier suits, switching to wool ties is the way to go. Try winter-friendly colors and patterns, whether it’s a jewel tone like teal, emerald or burgundy or a tie with a classic plaid or herringbone pattern. Color is key to lightening up the heavier fabric, Elkus said. “If you take a shirt and just add a lot of color, the whole suit pops,” he says.

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