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Ties are subject to fashion. Thus, fabric quality, pattern and color are based on current trends as well as the season (whether summer or winter). So it may be that one year large stripes, the next year small dots and then the year suddenly floral patterns are popular and trendy.
Besides the ever-changing fashion trends, however, there are also classics among ties. They are a useful addition to the closet, as they are the right choice for many occasions. Among typical classics you could count the black and the red tie in any case. Also, dark blue or silver are classic colors that you can always wear.
Fashion colors such as pink, yellow or orange, on the other hand, are real eye-catchers and accentuate the outfit. However, they are trendy colors that can go out of fashion again. Then these ties just hang unused in the closet.
Fabrics and materials
Ties are available in different materials and in different designs. The most common materials are silk and polyester. Unfortunately, it can not be said that pure silk is an absolute sign of quality, but the wearing properties of pure silk are usually more pleasant. This is due to the fact that with silk ties you do not sweat as quickly as with synthetic ties. They let more air to the neck.
With silk ties, you should make sure that they are made of a heavier fabric. If the fabric is too light, the tie will suffer if tied frequently and it will not fall as elegantly. The best way to find out is by feel. Heavier silk fabrics also have a more elegant, voluminous look. This is good for the appearance.
In the book "Tie etiquette by Nina Pohlmann says: "As a rule of thumb: heavy silk suffers less from constant knotting than light silk." Everyone can remember this.
Fancier materials would be wool, cashmere and cotton.
Structures and surfaces
Silk and synthetic ties are available with different surface textures. the simplest ones have a smooth surface with a silky sheen. A plain tie gets a little more structure with a fine ribbed structure. This is how the light refracts differently. more striking patterns can be either embroidered or worked as a woven pattern. They can either be tone-on-tone or woven in multiple colors. Depending on the shirt, suit and occasion, you can give every outfit that certain something and is always perfectly dressed.
Special fashion highlights are ties, which are not made of classic satin but for example knitted or made of wool.
wool ties have the advantage that they not only look chic, but also keep your neck warm. However, you should tie smaller knots with it, because knots from wool ties quickly become very voluminous. With plain wool ties in muted colors you can also hardly go wrong.
Knit ties, on the other hand, appear very casual. They are often made of cotton and have a very coarse structure. With the combination you should put the tie in the foreground. The shirt should not be too flashy, otherwise the shirt and tie will compete with each other.
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