Ties are back in and how to choose oneBy Angela Marshall, 5th Dec 2009
The Tie – a status symbol
The tie is a key part to looking professional as the eye is instantly drawn to it whether it is a well-chosen tie or a poorly chosen tie. It not only represents who you are (it gives out information about your wardrobe personality), but it also demonstrates how professional you are plus it gives you a sharper image.
Five reasons retailers are seeing an increase in the sale of ties:
1. People feeling they need to look professional as they are concerned about losing their job
2. More people are going for interviews for a job
3. Casual is no longer fashionable in the work place
4. Skinny ties the latest fashion- worn by footballers, pop stars and in the Mad Men TV show
5. Tone on tone ties ideal to look professional at work and smart for the evening
What to consider when choosing a tie:
Choose a tie made of good quality silk as it will tie well, avoid polyester as it will not tie well and wrinkle easily.
Generally choose the base colour to match or complement the base colour of the accompanying shirt with accent colours complimenting the colour of the suit or jacket. Choose a solid coloured tie for the most conservative occasions, followed by a striped or dotted pattern tie.
Patterns and Designs
Match patterns and texture of shirts and ties. A plain tie and shirt are the most formal look. A plain shirt and pattern tie give more personality and recently both striped shirts and ties have been fashionable. However they are not so easy to mix and match with other items and it is important to ensure they match in colours, widths and pattern to complement each other.
There are many patterns of ties to choose from (e.g. polka dots, paisleys, stripe, foulard) and it is important to consider the shape of your face as well as the size of pattern as it should relate to your size of body.
A Personal Image Consultation
Why not have a style consultation and colour consultation with Appearance Management who will advise you on what pattern ties and knots to suit your face and will also advice you on the correct shade of colours and how to wear various colours together.
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