How to Wear a Statement Tie

March 24th, 2010

Pictured, clockwise from top left: White and Red Slim Tartan Tie | $20 at Topman, Blue Liberty Print Slim Tie | $32 at Topman, Black Acid Wash Check Slim Tie | $20 at Topman, Purple Reversible Slim Tie | $20 at Topman.  See Topman’s entire collection of ties here.

The foundation of a tie wardrobe is composed of solids and stripes in neutral colors.  You probably already have your striped repp, your narrow black, and your perfect-shade-of-grey.  But do you have ties that make a statement?  Cross over into statement tie territory with a selection of ties that add a bit of spark to your wardrobe - but not in a crazy kind of way.

How do you wear a statement tie?  Three practical tips:
(1) In order to make a statement without going overboard, choose a fun color or an interesting pattern - not both at the same time.  Make your statement with a bold color, like the regal purple tie pictured bottom left.  Or add visual interest via a special pattern, like the kitschy liberty print pictured top right.
(2) So that your statement tie takes center stage, pair your tie with a blank canvas.  The plain white button-down is a clear winner, but depending on the color of your tie, you can also try a solid colored button-down in a complementary color.  The liberty print tie, pictured top right, would look lovely against a pale blue button-down shirt.
(3) Keep the rest of your outfit simple - flat front trousers and a pair of brogues will do the trick.

How would you wear a statement tie? 
Share your style with us in the comments.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sunny  |  March 24th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    A pink champagne wide spread collar dress shirt should go well with the purple reversible slim tie. And a dried herb medium spread collar dress shirt should go well with the black acid wash check slim tie.

  • 2. sam @ stylebento  |  March 30th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I think I’m suffering from a severe case of tie envy… think I could channel Miranda from SATC circa series one?

    At any rate, at my wedding a few weeks ago, my husband wore a pale grey suit with an extremely fine dark grey check, crispy white shirt and a slim black tie. He had a green buttonhole. I thought it looked amazing, but then perhaps I’m a little biased :)

  • 3. Gentleman Joe  |  August 6th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    love the plaid ties.

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