Wednesday, 16 December 2015

A Brief History of the Tie

Long, short, skinny, wide, plain or patterned? 

Your choice of tie is as individual as you. 

But how many of us know how this timeless accessory became so popular?

Royal Ties

It is widely known that Louis XIII had an eye for fashion. When a group of Croatian mercenaries arrived on his doorstep, the first thing the King noticed was not their weapons, but their fabulously stylish neckties. King Louis adopted these neckties as a staple fashion accessory and renamed them ‘cravats’ in tribute to the ‘Croats’ after whom they were named.

Bow Ties

A natural progression from the formal cravat, the bow tie became a staple fashion accessory in England by the end of the 19th Century. Rumour has it the black bow tie gained in popularity after one Pierre Lorillard wore the accessory to a party at the Tuxedo Club, near New York. This spawned the era of the 
smouldering tux-and-bow-tie look we are so familiar with today. 

Art-Deco Ties

It wasn’t until 1924 the modern neck tie arose in prominence as an everyday accessory, largely due to manufacturing changes. The following decades saw people experimenting with different knots and materials, truly projecting their own identity through the humble necktie. Some neckties became far wider than previously worn and often displayed bright pictures and images.

Kipper Ties

The 1960’s saw the introduction of ultra-wide, ultra-bright neckties, with some as wide as 7 inches across. This trend lasted well into the 70’s and was the must have accessory for any seriously groovy disco-lover. 

Power Ties

The 1980’s were all about big hair, big makeup and big mobile phones. Ties, however, were an altogether more sleek and stylish affair, complementing the crisp power suits adorned by so many men and women. 
Modern Ties

Today, both men and women choose from an array of patterns, widths and materials when selecting their perfect tie. Cravats and bow ties remain hugely popular and neckties are frequently used to dress an outfit ‘up’ or ‘down’ depending on preference and event. It’s all about your individual style and personality.

Inspired to find your perfect tie? 
Why not browse our fantastic selection of stunning ties, bow-ties and accessories?

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Our Top 6 Essential Guide to Men’s Ties

An Essential Guide to Men’s Ties
Your tie makes a statement. It is a signature piece that tells the world you feel confident and comfortable in your own style. But before you choose your perfect tie, there are a few golden rules you should follow… 
1. Size matters
Yes, it’s true. When it comes to your choice of neckwear, size most definitely matters and whatever your bodily proportions, your tie should always reach just above your waist line. A good guesstimate is to wear a belt – if the end of the tie comes just above the buckle, you have the right length. 
2. Shorter, skinny ties can look great 
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different tie styles. Keep in mind that short, skinny ties can look good on everyone, as long as they reach a point near the naval. Any shorter and you might look like you are trying to pull off a vintage 1890’s look. Not ideal. 
3. Keep a wide berth 
While shorter, skinnier ties can look gorgeous, keep away from kipper ties. So called because of their eye popping width, any tie which is more than 3 inches across is a no-go. Wide ties are a fashion statement from the 70’s – let’s keep them where they belong. 
4. Choose a simple knot 
Yes, there are a range of different styles in which you can tie your tie. But unless you are a tie expert, you probably only know one or two methods. Broadly speaking, people with wide shoulders should opt for a wider knot style (like the full Windsor). Likewise, those with a smaller frame would do well using the classic four in hand knot. 
5. Season well 
Always choose a tie which complements the season and the occasion. For example, a thick wool tie wouldn’t look right in the height of summer and a light pastel tie could look out of place at a winter wedding. Take your cue from the elements and try to keep the colour combinations flattering. 
6. Careful with colours 
We mentioned colour combinations because too often, people get the contrasts wrong and the results are less than pretty. A general rule of thumb is this: your tie should always be a darker shade than your shirt. You can experiment with contrasting colours and bright patterns depending on your wardrobe but keep in mind that colour contrasts are usually more eye catching than complementary shades. 
Searching for your perfect tie? Why not browse our fantastic selection of patterned, plain and skinny ties?