Buying Mens Ties Online
Mens ties, whether worn for a formal or business occasion, are a way of expressing individual style and class. One of the problems has always been that no matter what mens fashion store you walked into, there was always a limited array of designs and colours in the neckties section, and quite often you can’t find what you are looking for.Buying ties online is an obvious choice, as standard tie designs rarely differ in size and shape, and they are easily shipped and delivered worldwide. This allows you the ability to very quickly and easily find thousands of designs both locally and globally.
The one hidden fly in the ointment is quality, service and secure payment and shipping options. These are issues that affect all online purchases – not just mens ties – but must be taken into account all the same.
Quality is a difficult one, as you will never know how good the tie is until it’s in your hands. One way to make sure you are covered is to check and see if the online merchant has a full exchange program listed clearly on their website. Additionally, if you buy from a locally based business in Australia, you are also covered by the A.C.C.C. guidelines should you receive the tie, or it’s not as described.
Another way to test an online merchant is to ask them a question about the product using their online contact form. They should respond within 24 hours, with a clear and concise response to your question. If they don’t, then it is a cause for concern.
The other issue the plagues the online marketplace is the fact that many (if not most) sellers advertise silk ties that aren’t actually made of real silk. Real silk is not cheap, so if you’re paying $20 for a “silk tie” then it may well be that your will receive an “artificial silk” tie. We contacted every seller of “silk ties” on eBay.com once as an experiment and asked them of their
mens ties were made from real silk, and 100% of them freely admitted that their ties were made from artificial silk. In our opinion, if it doesn’t come out of a silk worm’s butt, it isn’t silk. Having said that, you may not need every tie to be a silk tie, particularly when it comes to regular business wear. Keeping a few silk jacquard ties handy in “for special occasions” part of your wardrobe can help you feel a bit more special and give you more confidence on the occasions that you need to.
Standard tie or skinny tie? Silk or polyester? Plain or patterned? At the end of the day, ties are a way for you to express your personal style, even in a formal environment. While you should definitely take the type of occasion where you’ll be wearing the tie, the actual design it itself is your choice.
Clearly though there are fashion trends, and wearing an “Incredible Hulk” tie to the funeral of someone you don’t know very well is not always an appropriate idea. One easy way to make sure you are up to date on fashion trends is to keep an eye on mens fashion blogs, or check out what the a-listers are wearing – just don’t let your mates find out. The trick is to look good without caring about looking good!
Another exception to the “wear whatever makes you feel good” rule is at a wedding. If you’re wearing a mens tie instead of a bow tie, then there is room for more experimentation with patterns, but just because there is room doesn’t mean you should use it. Less is more when it comes to wedding ties and ultimately you need to impress just one person on the wedding day – the bride! The safest bet is a solid colour, but if you want to live on the edge you can go with a subtle pattern, or some broad stripes that are different shades of the same colour. The choice is hers.
Matching Pocket Square?
If you watch any movies or tv shows that involve men wearing suits, you’ll see that pocket squares (or pocket handkerchiefs) are back in a huge way. Before jumping on the bandwagon though, we’ve got a few tips for you.
Firstly, wearing a pocket square is for when you want to look amazing, not for casual fridays. This means that cufflinks are also a must, as well as good quality shoes. Secondly, the pocket square doesn’t necessarily need to be the same pattern as the mens tie, but it should be either a matching colour, or match the shirt. Finally, you can also get away with a white pocket square for most outfits, or if you are going to invest in just one, make it white.
Finally, How To Tie A Tie!
Of course, if you just starting out on your journey into the world of mens ties, or you don’t know the difference between a half and a full windsor, then check out our guide on how to tie a tie. While there are dozens of ways to tie a tie, we think that there are only three ways that you absolutely have to know, and we can help you learn them in our guide. Again, different tie knots suit different occasions, as well as different ties. A neck tie in a thicker material can look a bit too bulky with a full windsor, so having a few knot styles up your sleeve is a handy trick (and will of course impress the ladies).
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