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Add These 9 Types of Ties to Your Closet

Most businesses no longer require their employees to follow a formal dress code, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear ties. Wearing a tie to work can show your boss that you are willing to go the extra mile and take your position seriously. Whether you have an interview to attend, an important business meeting, or want to show your respect for an occasion, a tie can elevate your outfit without much effort. Wearing a tie also commands the respect of others, possibly leading to quicker promotions. 

Having several styles of ties in your closet is essential since a classic tie isn’t always the best choice in every situation. Sometimes, you want to look more casual or make a statement by wearing a fashionable necktie. In those situations, you can go beyond traditional tie patterns and styles, opting for more daring neckwear. 

In this post, we’ll help you navigate the different types of ties. Read through each one to learn when to wear it and how to style it to look your best!

The 9 Best Types of Ties

Having several types of neckties in your closet allows you to accessorize both formal wear and casual attire. Use unique styles or patterns to express your individuality or go with a classic for an elegant look. No matter what you want to achieve, these types of neckties can help you do it — but only if you have them in your wardrobe!

The Classic Tie

Since the early 20th century, the classic tie has been a staple for many men. They are still the norm for most formal occasions and the office, coming in a variety of colors and styles. 

Solid ties are easy to match with your dress shirts and are a good choice when you have to keep your attire formal. Striped ties are another safe choice for the office, job interviews, or classic looks. If you want to add a little more color to your outfits, go for a slightly busier plaid tie or an elegant paisley tie.

One of the great things about classic ties is that you can switch up the way you wear them by experimenting with different tie knots. Some knots you can try with classic silk ties include the:

  • Full/Double Windsor knot (large knot characterized by a dimple)
  • Half-Windsor knot (smaller version of full Windsor)
  • Four-in-hand knot (also called the simple knot)
  • Pratt knot (clean and perfect for all dress codes)
  • Trinity knot (formal and eye-catching)
  • Eldredge knot (complex and unique style )

If you need some help, check out our blog for some tutorials on how to make different types of tie knots!

The Bow Tie

Bow ties are a great alternative to classic ties and are expected at some formal events. For example, if you’re invited to a black tie occasion, you’ll need to wear a solid black bow tie with your tuxedo.

Bow ties also look great with a seersucker suit for more casual nights out, making you seem approachable and lively. Subtle polka dots or paisley are great choices, but you can really go with any pattern you’d like.

Check out this tutorial for tying a bow tie if you’ve never done it before!

The Cravat Tie

Cravats date back to 17th-century Croatian soldiers and were the precursor to modern bow ties. Worn primarily by military members, the cravat covered the entire neck. Today, it’s made from fabric that is easily fashioned into a bowtie or wrapped around the neck. The purpose is to add visual interest and character to your outfit, especially since they aren’t as common as other types of ties. 

If you decide to sport this stylish neckwear, you’ll need to pair it with an open-collar shirt. Unlike long ties, it shouldn’t hang freely. Instead, the fabric goes tucked behind the shirt so it covers your neck and chest.

The Skinny Tie

Skinny ties were popular in the 1950s and 60s, even becoming the signature look of the Beatles. Today, the skinny necktie is still just as fashionable and is a favorite for casual occasions. Skinny silk ties look great with suits and knit ties go well with a blazer and jeans. 

The Clip-On Tie

Of all the different types of ties, the clip-on is one that gets the most negative attention. Many people see them as childish or unprofessional, but there are some circumstances when the clip-on is really convenient. For example, individuals with disabilities may find them easier to put on or just don’t have the time to create the perfect knot. Whatever the reason, don’t shy away from a pre-tied or clip-on men’s tie if it makes it easier for you to get ready and look your best. 

The Neckerchief

Neckerchiefs are a variation of a handkerchief that is sometimes part of a uniform, but they can also be worn as an accessory to casual outfits. Some people opt for a more traditional knot while other people wear them loosely. However you choose to wear your neckerchief, you can have a lot of fun with patterns and colors, and people will remember you for your bold style. 

The Ascot Tie 

Ascots are a type of cravat, and since they are a bit dressier, they may be worn on special occasions or as part of certain military uniforms. It covers much of the neck, with the ends of the tie tucked under the dress shirt. Ascots are a sign of luxury and give the impression that you are elegant and well-off. 

The Bolo Tie 

You may recognize the bolo tie from old western movies, but did you know that it’s the official neckwear of several states, including Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas? If you live in the southwest, it may be appropriate for formal occasions, but if not, it’s more of a novelty tie. Surprise your friends with your “western bowtie” the next time you go out, pairing it with a solid dress shirt. 

The Sailor Tie 

Sailor ties are scarves or handkerchiefs folded diagonally and tied in a knot under the shirt collar. Although not part of most official military sailor uniforms, sailors are often portrayed in cartoons and other television shows or musicals wearing this type of neckwear. Sailor ties are not common in men's fashion, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear one! 

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After reading this post, you should have a better idea of which types of ties you want to add to your wardrobe. Whether you want to stick to more traditional styles or express your individuality with unique men’s ties, the tutorials and tips on our blog can help you look your best. 

At PRIME Neckwear, you’ll find the best quality classic silk ties and bowties that will make you look distinguished, fashionable, and professional. Browse our collection according to color, pattern, length, or occasion! Then, shop for accessories to polish off your outfit, including tie bars, cufflinks, and lapel pins.

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