The Gentleman's Guide to Ties

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="192"] A tie is a gentleman's best friend.[/caption] Gentleman, it’s time. Gather round and pay close attention. When it comes to formal wear, it is the finer details that make all the difference. Even the smallest of fashion faux pas can ruin your best tuxedo in a matter of seconds. The right tie is essential to your ensemble. A tie can make your formal look. With this go to guide, you can become a master of ties in just a few minutes. Your formal neck tie is one of the first things people notice and even compliment, if you're wearing it right. A tie brings your tuxedo together. Whether at a casual business lunch or an extravagant event, the right tie is often a necessity. It is every man's go to accessory. It brings texture and a creative touch to once dull duds with a helping hand of charismatic color that is essential for any sophisticated and stylish ensemble. When choosing the right tie, one must consider its physical dimensions. The tip of your tie should always hit right at your beltline, never below or too high above. Narrow is best, but don't go for a tie that is too skinny. Two and a quarter or two and three quarter inches is best when considering the width of your tie. Thin ties are perfectly suitable for long days at the office or nights out on the town. They are a great way to keep your look sleek and marvelously modern. When tying the knot, try not to go too large. Broad and big knots are often seen as sloppy. If you have no desire to look exceptionally messy, steer clear of bulky knots. A 4 in hand knot is perfect, not too big and not too small. Works for a variety of  occasions. It also works well with various collar styles. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="227"] Classic contrast is key.[/caption] A tie's color and pattern are just as important as its physique. Ties should not serve as an ostentatious, conversational piece. Stay away from novelty pieces and trends. The tie should complement (or even anchor) your outfit, not stand out on its own in an obnoxious fashion. Always reach for solid colors or patterns that are super subtle. These styles are always a safe bet. At your next formal wear occasion try pairing a solid black tie with a grey tuxedo and a white tuxedo shirt. [caption id="attachment_2307" align="aligncenter" width="285"]Bow ties are back and better than ever! Bow ties are back and better than ever![/caption] If you're ready to take your tie game up a notch, try the ever trendy bow tie. They offer a vast amount of versatility. Great with all forms of casual wear, this trend piece is also a fantastic addition to your more formal events that are just around the corner. From weddings to red carpet events, bow ties are back in fashion. Try a solid black bow tie for any formal wear occasion and more patterned varieties for your daytime events. You'll look dapper and dashing, the ultimate man of cool and confident sophistication. Don't get tied down with your formal wear accessories. Keeping these few tips in mind, you're now ready to take on the town with the right tie. A gentleman should always look his best. A well dressed man exudes confidence and with the right tie, you'll be the one to watch.

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