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How to choose the right tie for each suit

How to choose the right tie for each suit

  • All a question of balance, not only between colors, but also between materials.

The tie is a statement, an image of a status quo of elegance and style that remains impassive in the face of the passage of time, settling like gravel on the banks of a river and giving life to a safe shore on which to land. An accessory that has made a qualitative leap, classifying itself as a symbol of an aesthetic code of elegance and formality to the nth degree. He entered the collective imagination also thanks to the intervention of the cinema – from the thin and black tie of the Blues Brothers to the Burgundy silk tie by Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street by Scorsese – still today it preserves a stylistic code of combinations and occasions use which is impossible to escape.

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It starts with the blue tie, uniform by order of the clerk who knows how to dress, who with a simple white shirt and a gray blazer is an explosive blend of credibility and style, not awkward but imbued with nonchalance and confidence. Red for those looking for a hint of vivacity, always to be associated with a white shirt and a blue suit, for a decidedly more conscious and refined aplomb, while the black tie is the prerogative of the important event, from the ceremony to a representative dinner, strictly in a combo with a black tuxedo and white shirt – you don’t need anything else to be flawless.

Then we arrive at a more varied and complex reality, namely that of fantasy ties. Whether it’s a regimental (or striped tie), a paisley pattern or a micro polka dot print, it is an accessory that must be measured and considered. Needless to say, if the tie is important, the shirt must maintain a low profile by focusing on solid colors, from white to blue to pink, with some rare concession to thin lines, a combination that can be granted in very rare cases.

Among these, there is tailoring. The ties, as well as the custom-made shirts, are a creation that mixes craftsmanship and art, and that can be worn with a little extra flair. An example can be the colored striped or paisley pattern tie worn over a thin striped shirt, all surrounded by a double-breasted jacket: the final effect is that of a refined look, with attention to the smallest details, of which they represent characters like Lapo Elkann.

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Last point to best match the ties: pay attention to the textures. The cotton of the shirt is perfect together with the silk of the tie, and the same is true with the knitted tie, ideal on a basic shirt. Silk on silk is a dangerous combination, which perhaps requires a play of chromatic contrasts to break up the shiny effect of the fabric. In short, the tie is the symbol of masculine elegance, a timeless accessory to be discovered in all its many forms.

Blue tie with Ashford micro polka dot print

Blue tie with Ashford micro polka dot print

James Tyler thin black tie

James Tyler thin black tie

Etro paisley print tie

Etro paisley print tie

Brooks Brothers red striped regimental tie

Brooks Brothers red striped regimental tie
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