The latest trends in ties
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.