A Guide To Choosing Your Next Tie

If you think hard on the purpose of neckties, you’re very likely to conclude that there really isn't any— no utility whatsoever. Neckties essentially have no other practical function other than to give off a certain vibe. 

This vibe, however, makes all the difference.

Dating back to its first recorded emergence back in the 17th Century, the necktie has always been a symbol of power.

Today, it makes a significant difference for someone to wear a perfectly-good tie with his everyday work shirt. You’ll notice how a man looks more put-together, decent, and sophisticated with one on. It’s a statement maker so to speak.

Choosing Your Tie

Selecting a tie is a true art, a rather enjoyable one too. Deciding on the kind of tie to wear whether to work or to your best friend’s wedding could say a lot about your personality. 

Essentially, there are two things to consider:

  1. Shape and Size

When looking at the size of a tie, you’re pretty much safe with the standard length and width. Most are approximately 148 centimeters in length. Anything longer and the tip will go past your waist line, and you’ll feel like a game show host from 1974. You want the tip of your tie to come right at the top of your belt buckle. The standard width of a tie is about 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 centimeters wide.

Choosing the size of your tie also depends a great deal on the event you're wearing it to. For example: although a skinny tie (about 4 to 5 cm in width) with it's contemporary vibe could be ideal for a night out with your significant other, it’s probably not the best choice for a first job interview.

  1. Fabric

Ties come in a variety of fabrics and textures such as wool, cotton, silk and polyester. The best ones are made of natural fabrics (natural silk, cotton, wool, cashmere etc).  However, be careful even when selecting ties made from these materials. Having a label that says it’s made of 100% silk doesn’t mean it really is made of natural silk. Polyester and microfiber are in a sense synthetic silks which obviously gives some manufacturers a loophole to exploit.

“But among the fabrics mentioned above, which should I choose?”

To have a better grasp which fabric to pick, it’s best to identify which season certain fabrics are commonly used for.

The Seasonless Fabric

Natural Silk is a smooth and shiny fiber that has quite an intriguing history. Today, silk is still considered one of the most expensive pieces of fabric out there. So if you were to buy natural silk ties, expect them to be at a higher price point.

If you’re wondering what those ties in the department stores are made of, they’re NOT silk. They’re either polyester or microfiber. These fabrics are man-made, synthetic silks which is why sometimes they can get away with being labeled 100% silk as mentioned previously. They are also naturally cheaper.

If you’re on a tight budget and were to choose between the two, go for microfiber instead as it virtually feels like real silk in look and texture.

You’re never going to go wrong with a good ol’ silk tie no matter what season it is.

Summer Fabrics

Just like clothing, ties made of cotton or linen are perfect for that summer get-up— whether for a wedding or a casual lunch date. These typically come in bright, light colors.

Most of these suddenly-trending floral-patterned ties are made of cotton. We have some that you can check out right now.

Winter Fabrics

Wool and cashmere both are known to be warmer fabrics. For utility purposes, these are best worn during the winter as they are much heavier and thicker than others but prove equally stylish if not more when worn right.

There are tons of ties out there that come in different designs, widths and lengths. Have you decided on which types of ties you like?

Our team in Kurbata is currently hard at work on expanding your options on our online store so there's more available to you wherever you are. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at kurbata.co to check out the new designs we're launching this year.

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