If you don’t work in a formal business environment then you might think that wearing a tie isn’t really for you. Traditional and outdated views of tie wearers see them as too formal, boring, stuffy. You could not be more wrong!
2018 is the year of the tie, and this is the one formal accessory that every man should have in his closet. If you want to look dapper then donning a shirt and tie is the perfect place to start.
Whether you want to look perfectly smart for a formal occasion, such as a wedding or graduation, or you simply want to impress a new date with an outfit they’ll never forget, what you need is a necktie.
Here are some of our top tips for wearing a tie in 2018, and why we think this is something every man should have in his accessory armory:
The Tie is a Business Essential
Let’s start with the basics: we believe every man should wear a tie in the office. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an Office Junior, the post boy, or the CEO, a business dressing is about dressing for the job you want, not just the job you have. And that means suiting up and wearing a tie.
We live in an increasingly open-necked world, and many offices are adopting a business casual attitude. Some workplaces even allow their employees to wear jeans as standard.
Some companies (Google, Apple, Amazon I’m looking at you) have even banned their employees from wearing a tie in the workplace altogether. But I think that is a big mistake.
Wearing a tie might not make you any better at your job, Google are right about that, but it does show that you take your job seriously. That you get up every morning and dress in a business-like many because you’re business-like in your approach.
Wearing a tie is an easy way to separate your work time and your leisure time: when you’re wearing it you’re on the clock, and when you take it off it’s time for Netflix and a takeout!
Some men claim that they don’t care about how they look in the office, or about what other people think of the way they dress. But let’s face it, these men are very rarely the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. If you want to succeed in a traditional business environment then you need to buy a necktie!
Tie-wearing certainly isn’t restricted to the office, as we hope we’re about to prove, but as far as we’re concerned the office is the one place that you shouldn’t be without a tie around your neck.
When it comes to finding the perfect tie, we’re big fans of Origin Ties, who offer an incredible and unprecedented pricing strategy that really helps them to stand out from the crowd. They have the added benefit of being great looking ties we really love to wear.
Everyone loves bagging a bargain, and whilst the prices at Origin Ties may be cheap, the products certainly aren’t. They use the finest quality Italian designers, and the best possible materials to make all of our high-end products. In fact, we were excited to learn that they work with the same factories and manufacturers as other big name brands, such as Burberry. But the prices are much lower!
Each tie is as luxurious as you would expect from a high end, luxury product, but at a price every discerning gentleman can actually afford.
Wearing a Tie Gains Respect
The tie is a simple accessory: a strip of fabric that you tie around your neck. But wearing one is an immediate sign that you’re a successful and confident guy who knows what he wants to get out of life.
It doesn’t make sense (when you think about it logically) but wearing a tie is one of the easiest ways to gain the respect of those around you. People simply look at you differently, and that’s certainly not a bad thing.
You’ll also be amazed at how good wearing a tie makes you feel: wearing a tie makes you feel confident, self-assured, happy with the way you look. When you wear a tie you carry yourself a little taller.
All of this will make you look considerably more attractive to the opposite sex, believe me. Next time you head out to your favorite bar, put on a tie instead of your favorite jeans and sneakers are you’re sure to be amazed by the extra female attention you attract.
Neck Ties Look Great!
Still not convinced that wearing a tie is the right choice for you? Our favorite and most important reason to wear a necktie in 2018 are that they look great and they’re banging on trend!
During the 2017 runway shows showcasing the looks we would all be wearing for spring/summer 2018 one thing was clear: the necktie was back in vogue, and much thicker than in previous incarnations. Wider neckties (complementing wider lapels) are the order of the day if you want to look as fashion forward as possible.
Inspired by the wider ties of the 1970s and with a decidedly vintage, old-school feel, this was a trend that popped up on the runway at Gucci, J. Crew, Marni and Ralph Lauren.
The skinny necktie that has dominated the runway (and every department store in the country) for more than a decade is finally taking a step back from the fashion spotlight.
This is great news if you have broad shoulders, or if you like to work out because the skinny necktie is not a friend to the well-built man! It looks too fussy and makes your physique look too bulky.
Conversely, a wider necktie will showcase your body shape and highlight your broad shoulders and muscular physique in a way that doesn’t make you look oversized.
If your waistline is more narrow than your shoulders (in a traditional swimmer’s V) then look for a tie that is slightly more narrow at the top than it is at the bottom, rather than one that is all one length, to balance out your body shape.
Adding a vest (as Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is so fond of doing) is also a great way of adding balance to a shirt and necktie. Ensuring that the colors of your vest and necktie complement each other will streamline this look, and draw the eye down the body rather than directly across it.
Picking the Perfect Tie
There is a knack for picking the perfect tie, and the first thing you need to know is where to look. We always start any tie search at Origin Ties. Not only do they offer one of the widest and best selections of ties on the internet, they also have a pricing model that can’t be beaten.
The Origin Ties Repricing Rule means that you always pay the lowest possible price available for the tie you choose, and you pay the price you feel is fair.
Online shopping can sometimes be a risky business (we get that) because you have to pay for the products before you actually feel them. It can also be difficult and annoying to have to return a product, and some companies don’t allow returns if there isn’t a fault with the product.
Origin Ties addressed these issues with their repricing rule: Every customer who shops on their website has the right to reprice the products they choose after they have felt the products if they think paying too much.
All you have to do is log in to your account and request your money back, up to 40% off the listed price that you originally paid.
As the quality is so high and the prices are so reasonable anyway, it’s unlikely that you will need to use the ‘repricing rule’ but it is a great way to ensure you have peace of mind about the ties that you choose.
The Colour and Pattern Rules
Men’s neckties can come in every possible combination of color, pattern, fabric, and design. This can make choosing a necktie to seem daunting but it doesn’t have to be if you know what you’re looking for.
Firstly, the tie you choose should reflect your personality. If you’re bright, bold and brash then a vibrant colored and patterned necktie could well be the perfect choice for you.
We believe that when it comes to choosing a necktie you should pick a bright bold color or an eye-catching elaborate pattern, but never both. The orange and yellow Hawaiian neck tie suit no one!
If you want to use your necktie to inject color into your outfit then it’s important to remember that your necktie should compliment everything else that you’re wearing. This is particularly important if you’re wearing a suit.
A red tie, for example, will look great paired with a grey suit or a navy blue suit but will look jarring if worn with a black suit. Red and black is a very dated color combination and one that is best avoided.
We are a big fan of the red tie to add an immediate injection of color to any outfit, and Origin Ties has a great selection. We love vibrant, pillar box red, but choose the shade of red that best suits your skin tone as well as the suit that you’re wearing.
If you’re not sure about what color tie to wear with your suit then why not opt for a one tone monochrome look, and wear a necktie that is the same color as your suit? This will look incredibly chic and has the added bonus of being incredibly easy to put together. It’s a look that you can’t get wrong!
The key to choosing the right colored necktie is not to be too prescriptive about the type of tie you need: this will not be the same for each outfit, so it’s best not to have a fixed idea about what you need.
The tie that you choose to wear with a suit, for example, will certainly not be the same as the tie you wear under a sweater.
To make it easier to choose the right tie for every outfit and occasion, you can visit the Origin Ties occasion shop. Whether you’re looking for a tie suitable for a work event, a night out, a red-hot date, or even for a wedding, they’ve already sorted their ties into easy to search categories to make it easier than ever for you to find the one you’re looking for.
So it doesn’t matter if you want a suit tie or a sweater tie, it’s now easier than ever to find the right tie for you.
When you are choosing a tie to peak out from underneath a sweater you can be much bolder with the choice of pattern you use, because less of it will be visible. This is the time to have fun, inject some humor and make bold choices.
Many men choose to wear a black necktie for every occasion. And whilst we are big fans of the black necktie (because it’s stylish, formal, and looks great with almost everything) limiting yourself in this way can be boring and will quickly render your tie invisible.
Mix things up, have plenty of different neckties in your armory, experiment with new styles and trends on a regular basis. You won’t always get it right, but fashion is all about having fun and reflecting who you are at any given moment.
Don’t Forget The Bow Tie
Finally, a word on the other big necktie trend of 2017/2018: the bow tie! Bow ties were everywhere last year. From hipsters to businessmen, geek chic icons to sports stars, everyone who was everyone was wearing the bow tie.
We are big fans of the bow tie for formal occasions, and it certainly has its place in your closet. Every man should have at least one bow tie to wear to a wedding, black tie parties and other formal occasions.
If you’re in the market for a bow tie then the good news is that Origin Ties also offers a wonderful range of high-quality silk bows ties in a wide range of colors and styles. You don’t just have to choose these for special occasions, but they are so beautiful that you certainly could wear them for those events you never want to forget.
If you’re looking for a bow tie to wear to your own Big Day (or to make a big impact at someone else’s) the Origin Ties Occasion Shop offers a selection of designer bow ties specifically for weddings.
If you’re getting married then you’ll definitely need to invest in a high-quality bow tie, unless you want to face a runaway bride situation. And no one wants to have to explain that to their extended family if it can be avoided!
But the bow tie is beginning to lose popularity in the casual arena and is slowly being replaced with the necktie, which has a less fussy and more traditionally masculine feel.
Wearing a bow tie on a regular afternoon trip to Starbucks can seem affected, too fashion-focused and just a little bit vain. And if you’re looking for a date then it’s worth noting that women interested in bow tie wearing gentlemen are very far and few between.
The necktie does not have the same reputation. So if you’re looking to inject a new fashion accessory into your closet for 2018, but don’t want to be the butt of all your friend’s penguin jokes then we would recommend opting for the necktie over the bow tie.
We are big fans of the necktie. Wearing a necktie with your favorite slimline button-down shirt is the easiest way to fast track yourself to looking stylish, hot, and successful.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re wearing your necktie with a suit or with a casual sweater, just putting one on will immediately elevate any outfit.
Why not make wearing a necktie one of the new trends that you try for 2018? Your girl is sure to approve. And it will make you look like David Beckham. What’s not to like?
If you’re thinking of adding a necktie to your accessories collection then we can heartily recommend that you choose one from the huge collection at Origin Ties. The quality is fantastic, the prices are low, and you’ll be amazed at how great they look in the flesh.
They are always our first choice if we’re looking to add something new to our accessories collection, or if we’re looking for a new necktie for a special occasion.
Ordering is hassle-free and risk-free, thanks to their price guarantee, meaning that you really have nothing to lose. Who knows, if you start wearing a tie to work you might even bag that promotion that was at the top of your things to achieve list this year.
Why not make 2018 the year of the necktie? You know it makes sense!