As always, Welcome Newbie Reader – or – Welcome Back Existing Reader! 🙂 Hope you’ve been well in the while that I’ve been away for.
Now, why should you be reading what a random blogger has to say about ties, when the last time she herself wore one, was nothing short of years ago? Well, the truth is, you shouldn’t. But now that you’re here, why not read on? 😀 Alright gentleman (or lady!), here we go!
When to Wear A White Tie
Well, I know that these aren’t so common today, but in the ages bygone, the “white tie” attire was considered the “formal eveing dress” for men. Though there are very few events that actually ask for guests to be in literal white ties these days, for any event that is of absolute importance post sun-down, wearing a white tie can really help you contribute subtly to how serious your involvement is.
(Here, it’s supposed to be this guy’s wedding. Also, this guy is supposed to be a 108 year old vampire – so you see how the older peeps still go for white ties? Yeah – same.)
When to Wear a Black Tie
Initially, wearing a black tie was considered semi-formal. However today, most formal events of various kinds do allow for guests to wear black ties. It has been noted though, that unless it is a corporate event or other such absolutely serious business, a black tie is preferred in the evening.
What to Wear During the Day
Depending on how formal the occassion is and the role you are going to be playing in it, you can go in for numerous choices. While a lot has to do with the weather in the material of the tie you choose and also what you are pairing your tie with, it is pretty safe to say that lighter or brighter shades are great choices for occassions during the day. Of course, I don’t mean for you to wear a lime green tie to a funeral, but hey – there’e no denying the edge of a cool light-blue tie with a white shirt or even a pastel tie with a matching shirt, you know? 🙂
What t0 Wear During the Night
With fashion designers and lovers going in for free, bold choices round-the-clock, there have been a lot of instances in the past where an unusual choice of tie or component of attire – has made heads turn – for reasons right and wrong alike. Nonetheless, there still exists a faction of the world who prefer to choose classics (thus making them even more classic! 😀 ) and for those among these, a black or dark blue tie is the epitome of evening tie fashion. Despite other options such as burgundy, deep purples and shades of dark greek entering the foray of ‘acceptable colours’ for events in the evening, you know just as well as I do that nothing beats black or blue (pun definitely intended XD).
Other Random Things to Remember for Ties
- If you are accompanying someone to an event and the two of you are likely to be together for a majority of the evening, finding one element of your total outfit to match an important element of their attire is a great way. You could wear the same colour of tie as your prom partner’s dress or if your suit is black while your dad has opted for a blue blazer, opt for a tie closer to his shade. This trick works wonders in getting perfect photographs. 🙂
- If you are carrying a silk handkerchief (which is highly recommended for formal events and not having one tucked in is often looked down upon, thank you!) then it MUST match your tie. Of course, if you’ve skipped the tie altogether, then you are at liberty – else, a mismatch could be a blunder that sticks out like a sore thumb 😦
- Prevent a clash of prints between your tie and your shirt – as this could make your outfit look shabby than put-together, no matter how many hours you spent on it. While self-designs are a completely different story, it is important to balance out the visual effect on the beholder – by going for bold, noticable prints on either the tie – OR the shirt, preferably, never both.
- Learn how to tie more than one knot. I cannot emphasise on this hard enough, because there are so many different lengths, materials and kinds in ties, that a knot that you’ve worn all your life on one tie, could look like a disaster on another. Again, based on the kind of tie and the kind of occassion you will be attending, choose the knot you wear.
So there you go folks! These are just a few things about ties that I know a lot of people struggle with. I hope this has helped you in some way, if it hasn’t you smile. If you have any tips, tricks, suggestions, queries or comments, do let me know below, or email me at email@example.com 🙂
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Until next time,
Keep Calm and Stay Fashionable.