The lat­est trends in ties

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FASHION -

HOW long, how wide, what kind of pat­tern? A tie can make an out­fit com­plete, but it’s not al­ways that easy. If you’re not some­one who wears a tie to work every day, you might be in trou­ble. The old ties you have in your wardrobe may no longer be on trend.

Fash­ion con­sul­tant Andreas Rose looks at the most im­por­tant fea­tures of this menswear sta­ple. Length: Ties have got­ten shorter. Pre­vi­ously, the rule was that ties should end at the top of the trousers or the belt. This is no longer the case. To­day, the general rule is to leave a hand’s width va­cant be­tween the belt and the tip of the tie – but the gap shouldn’t be big­ger than this, ex­plains Rose.

This means that if you are slightly taller and big­ger than the av­er­age man, you may need to look for a tie in a spe­cial length. Ties are gen­er­ally around 145cm in length. Width: Ties are get­ting skin­nier! They can range from 5.5 to 7cm wide. Knot: The clas­sic Wind­sor knot is out, and more sim­ple knots such as the four-in-one are in, ex­plains Rose.

He also rec­om­mends bas­ing your choice on what shirt col­lar you’re wear­ing. For ex­am­ple, a shark col­lar’s sharp-cut ends are more suited to wider-tie knots. A nar­rower knot, how­ever, re­quires the clas­sic Kent col­lar, as well as the but­ton­down col­lar where the cor­ners are fixed down with small but­tons.

For a longer life, the fash­ion ex­pert ad­vises open­ing up the knot every evening. Oth­er­wise the shape of the tie can get de­formed over time. Pat­terns: No Mickey Mouse or lit­tle ele­phants please! The trend right now is for more muted pat­terns and colours. If there are pat­terns at all, these will tend to be rather small scale. In ad­di­tion, Rose sees a trend to­wards plain mono­chrome ties.

And fi­nally, the top choice right now is for matte in­stead of glossy fab­rics. – dpa

To­day’s ties favour un­der­state­ment. Wild colours and pat­terns are out.

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