A tie is a tie is a …. Not so! Wide, skinny, cravat, bow ties nz – they each have a place in business, formal events and in contemporary fashion trends. A tie also says a lot about the wearer. The choice of fabric, style and colour reveals a great deal about one’s taste and personality.
Wide or narrow? In practical terms, a necktie should be chosen not just in terms of the occasion, but also in relation to the style and size of jacket lapels – wide with wide and narrow with narrow. If you don’t own suits with narrower lapels and collars, but like narrow ties, you can work them into a more casual wardrobe with a shirt and sweater or jacket. This look is popular with younger wearers.
Traditionally, a necktie should be tied so that there is no collar space showing at the knot and the tip of the tie should end at the belt. However, contemporary tie fashion is as individual as the wearer and recent red carpet examples confirm that anything goes.
Popular colors for Spring, 2012 are marine blues: soft blue and turquoise, soft greens, yellow and gold. A tie that reflects the colour of the wearer’s eyes is a good choice for all seasons.
The bow tie has always been a statement of individuality. No longer just high end fashion, bow ties, worn with vests and sweaters, take day wear into the category of contemporary chic. They reflect individuality and also provide a flash of color near the face, lifting a wardrobe from mundane to stylish.
Cravats have a style all of their own. The fuller, more ebullient look is the perfect choice for exciting and celebratory occasions such as weddings and other events where the aim is colour, style and impact.
Cummerbunds are the ultimate statement of celebration and occasion, especially for weddings. The combination of cummerbund and bow tie is an impressive combination in a wedding party. Ideally the groomsmen wear a colour that matches the bridesmaids’ dresses, while the groom wears white to match the bridal gown.
Pocket squares, an almost forgotten fashion accessory until quite recently, add flair to suits, complementing neckties, cravats and bow ties. Designed to harmonize and complete the look, pocket squares are an inexpensive and very worthwhile addition to your wardrobe. Perfect with a bow tie and dress suit, they are also impressive when matched with standard necktie and business suit.
All neckwear allows you to change your appearance and style time and time again. A tie brings diversity and life to any wardrobe.