These days most men don't need to wear a tie every day, but there's no denying that wearing one brings a level of sophistication to your look that you won't find with any other fashion item. Consider also that you'll encounter more occasions where a tie is essential as you progress through life. From weddings and christenings to funerals, a tie is required attire at these events.
Luckily, there are plenty of stylish ties out there. Brands like Paul Smith, Hugo Boss and Reiss lead the way with Italian made silk ties for the modern man, while Jack Pyke and Jemygins are here to add bold patterns and a dash of paisley flair. If you're searching for a new tie, you've come to the right place. We've combed through John Lewis, Amazon and Argos to compile a list of the best ties. Rest assured that it accounts for every occasion and fashion preference.
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Finding the ideal tie is largely based around its fabric, with each fabric suiting a certain set of tie-wearing parameters. The three heavy-hitting fabrics of the tie market are silk, wool and polyester.
Staking a whopping 40% claim of the worldwide tie market, silk is a natural fibre produced by silkworms and is regarded as a premier material for tie production. In today's vast and sweeping tie market, you can find all sorts of silk ties, from budget offerings under £10 all the way up to the world's most expensive tie (the Suashish Necktie) valued at a casual £150,000.
Wool is a heavy and textured natural fibre, best suited to woollen suits and winter times. Synthetic fibres like polyester are gaining traction for their reduced cost as well as being a silk look-alike of sorts - giving shoppers more buying power for their budget. So be sure to first scope out the kind of fabric that'll fit you and your suit best!
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Although every tie is constructed a little differently depending on its fabric and style, there are still a couple of finishing and weaving techniques common across the tie board.
Many people consider satin to be its own fabric, however, the term satin actually refers to a weave style. This tightly woven weave is synonymous with creating a glossy and smooth, almost glistening finish that perfectly suits fixed up to look sharp ties.
If paired correctly, a knitted tie can offer its wearer a welcoming resonance to satisfy a less formal setting. Unlike the woven nature of satin, knit ties are, as the name suggests, constructed through a knit stitch that establishes a more relaxed texture and touch. This variance in the finish of ties makes for some exciting outfit pairings for the savvy to style men.
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Having the power to set the tone for an entire outfit, the width of a tie is undeniably its most crucial measurement. Measured at the widest point, just before the tapered tip, this measurement is the key to getting a tie to look just right.
The sweet spot for most men of average build and height is just over 8cm in width. If you're somewhat taller or broader than the average man, then scale up to a width of around 9.5cm. Likewise, if you're a slimmer build, then pull your tie's width in to 7cm for a trim tie that is still somewhat wider than a purposed 'skinny tie'.
Introduced in the 1950s and 60's as a fashion statement for modern men (think the Beatles), the skinny tie's popularity has been in a constant state of flux ever since, with some seasons seeing a surge in men wearing skinny ties and others not so much. Any tie that's narrower than 7cm can be considered a skinny tie, with some of the slimmest designs having a mere 4cm of width.
Although some men will scoff at the idea of a clip-on tie, for others, it's regarded as a present sent from the heavens. Yes, it could be seen as a slight cope out, but for men who only wear a tie on the odd occasion, a clip-on will cut straight to the tie-wearing chase.
However, the beauty of a clip-on tie is also its downfall in that it has no possibility for adjustment. The length will always be the same, and the knot will always look the same, which for tie-wearing aficionados is a laughable prospect.
But for men who don't fancy their chances with the infamous list of tie knots, they are a great accessory. An accessory which allows men to worry about the more important aspects of the day - like enjoying themselves!
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Floral Silk Tie
Impeccably Styled Floral Silk Tie
Jackson Knitted Silk Tie
Pure Silk Tie With Textured Knit Weave
HUGO Jacquard Silk Tie
Italian-Made Designer Tie In Iconic Jacquard Weave
John Lewis & Partners
Plain Silk Tie
Versatile Tie Available in Six Different Colours
Wool Tie Set
Wool Tie With Pocket Square and Tie Clip Included
Heritage Range of Ties in Three Distinct Colours
Skinny Tie for a Refined Modern Style
6 Classic Silk Ties
Six Tie Multi-Pack for Business Attire
Plain Satin Clip-On Tie
Clip-on Tie for Events and Formal Occasions
Navy Printed Tie 3-Pack
Three Patterned Ties Ideal for Navy Suits
Moses Moss set up shop in Covent Garden in 1851, and the Moss Bros brand has provided impeccable formalwear ever since. This cleverly styled floral tie features a unique design that is bold while remaining understated enough that you can wear it on any occasion you see fit.
This is a silk tie with an intricate floral design and a texture that has to be felt to be believed. Elevate your formal look with a floral tie that is so stylish, everyone will want to know where you got it!
Reiss is a British fashion brand with a design-focused philosophy that sees them creating designer apparel for men and women who revel in wearing the best, and their tie collection is no different.
This is their Ceremony textured silk tie. Its modern look is perfect for injecting a cutting edge look into any outfit, and the silver colour is great for offsetting otherwise dark outfits. A textured knit tie that's 100% silk and made in Italy - and we think that's enough said.
Well and truly stepping into the premium conversation, The Hugo by the acclaimed Hugo Boss is the kind of tie that will be remembered. Made in Italy using the finest Italian silks and woven using the iconic Jacquard weave for strength and texture, this tie is fashioned for big first impressions.
The silver colour comes to life with a delicate geo pattern that undeniably helps seal the premium deal. At 6cm in width, it's a slimmed-down tie refined in construction, refined in looks and refined in touch.
Now that we're starting to enter the premium tie realm, this option by John Lewis is a lustrous silk number that's textured to create a visual sight for the sorest of eyes. The stitch has been finished in a geo style pattern - the sole design factor in offering this uniquely textured silk effect.
An incredibly stylish tie that can be chosen in six striking colours for a guaranteed match made in the tie-wearing heavens. Unfortunately, though, no sizing guide has been included, which instructs it's most likely of an average width at 8cm.
Why settle for just the tie when you can pick up the whole formal kit and caboodle for one low price? This woollen tie is accompanied by a matching pocket square and tie clip for a one time purchase that's ready to go.
At 8cm in width, it's perfectly sized to suit men of average height and build. Its textured look works with a similar suit, or pair it with a more sleek get-up and marvel in a look that's so daring you might just pull it off! Again, there's also plenty of choice in the colour department, allowing every man to find something unique.
If you consider yourself a man of the country, then the Countryman by Jack Pyke could be just the tie you've been looking for. Choose between a striking pattern of partridges, pheasants or ducks in flight for a hunting-inspired look that's fashioned to stop people in their tracks.
The choice doesn't stop there, though, with the dark and desirable colours of maroon, navy and green ready to be swooped up and included into your next formalwear occasion. Made of polyester, this eye-catching tie with a sleek satin finish undoubtedly looks the part but lacks the natural feels of silk.
Although the skinny tie isn't for everybody, there's something undeniably stylish about one being worn in the correct way on the correct guy. At just 4cm in width, this skinny tie is slimmer than most, producing the kind of look that is hard to argue with.
The weave has been done in the iconic Jacquard approach for a textured yet refined tie that's built to last. Pick up this highly rated and popular tie in your favourite colour for a slimmed-down manly elegance that won't hurt the back pocket either.
If you're one of the many men who work in an office where wearing a tie is simply part of the job, this six-pack has you covered. Featuring six unique patterns, including stripes, checkers and geo, this is a smart and sharp pack of ties.
The best thing about WeiShang's offering is if you're not happy with this particular set of ties, then there are five other options in waiting. They're constructed from 100% silk, creating a sophisticated look, although, at this price, the silk will be of low quality compared to the individual silk ties higher up this list.
Quite impressively, this clip-on tie can be selected in a staggering 33 different colours, ranging from the brightest and boldest to the deepest and darkest and everything in between.
This scope of choice provides every man with a swift option for when there are more pressing issues at hand than worrying about getting their tie's knot right. This is a budget polyester tie with a satin finish which gives it a sleek, formal look that's fashioned to fool them all into thinking your tie is knotted.
This three-pack of ties each feature a unique pattern with a blue colour scheme running throughout. Give your formal attire a little touch of vigour with this spotted and striped trio of ties.
Being made of 100% polyester ensures these ties are equipped to handle a likely-to-get-messy occasion like a wedding. However, that does instruct to the budget nature of the ties, just like the unfortunate lack of sizing. An inexpensive three-pack for the guys who don't fancy spending tons of time and money on ties.
Written and researched by Connor Macanally
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