The necktie is an essential component in a men’s suit. Whether you are attending a job interview, wedding, formal party or any other formal event, you’ll want to wear a suit and necktie. This otherwise simple outfit will enhance your appearance while boosting your confidence in the process. But with so many different neckties on the market, how do you know which one to choose?
One of the first things you should consider when choosing a necktie is the length. Once tied, it should reach the tip of your belt. If it’s shorter or longer than this length, it will look awkward and thus should be avoided. So, choose a necktie that reaches the tip of your belt, taking into account your height as well (e.g. taller men should choose taller and more narrow neckties).
Something else to consider when choosing a necktie is the color. If you’ve ever been shopping for neckties before, you probably know just how many different colors there are. From traditional black and navy to red, yellow, green and more, neckties are available in just about every color under the rainbow. A good rule of thumb is to choose a necktie in a color that’s darker than your shirt.
If you don’t want a solid-colored necktie, you can always opt for a pattern instead. Unfortunately, though, many men have a tendency to choose the wrong patterns for their neckties. If you intend to wear a striped dress shirt, stick with a similar striped pattern for your necktie. On the other hand, if you intend to wear a plaid dress shirt, stick with a plaid necktie — you get the idea. Mixing plaid and stripes together is a fashion faus-pax that should be avoided.
Last but not least, pay attention to the fabric from which the necktie was made. Much like suits are made in a wide variety of fabrics, so are neckties. Cotton neckties are a good all-around choice, as they are inexpensive, versatile, soft, comfortable and long-lasting. However, many men prefer the ultra-luxurious feeling of silk neckties. The only downside to silk neckties is their cost — and some men may have trouble keeping them clean (silk cannot be washed with water; must be dry-cleaned).
Some of the different ways to tie a necktie include the following:
- Four-in-hand knot
- Pratt knot
- Windsor knot
- Half-windsor knot
- Small knot
- Nicky knot
- Atlantic knot
- Prince Albert knot
- Christensen knot