Whether you are a man who wears a suit to work every day, or just on Sundays, or perhaps only at weddings and/or funerals, it’s important that you pick the right tie to go with your suit so that you will look appropriate and will feel comfortable with what you’ve chosen. This is not always easy, because styles change and you may not have that many ties to choose from. This is why it’s important to buy more than one tie, and then, to buy the ties that work best with your suit and will work with the type of places where you will wear them.
One of the best ways to choose the right tie, is to watch the evening news. There are few better examples of men wearing ties that look good. If you’re lucky, you might even find an anchor wearing a suit that is similar in color to yours, which makes it easy to pick one that looks good with it, because all you have to do is find one like the one he’s wearing.
But, you need to keep in mind that the guys that sit at the anchor desk on national television spend thousands of dollars on their clothes; probably more than you are able or willing to spend.
You should also keep in mind that how good a tie looks has a little something to do with how you are built as well. For example, if you have a paunch, you should likely get a longer tie so it won’t look like you’re wearing a thin napkin.
And that is the next point. There are four aspects to choosing and buying a tie; color/style/patterns etc. width, length and material.
A good general rule of thumb is to wear average width ties, i.e. not wide and not narrow, unless you are going to an event that requires such for some reason. Also, when around your neck and tied, the tip of your tie should just slip under your belt; not that you would wish to have it do so, but it will give you an idea of how long it should be when worn. Also, you should almost always go with conservative colors and patterns, which many might consider dull and/or boring. With suits and ties, dull and/or boring is just fine; and in fact is far better than loud or distasteful. As for color and/or patterns that go with your suit, in general, try to pick a color that seems to blend with the material of the suit and the lighter the suit color, the lighter the tie color should be. Again, watch the news to help you pick the right colors. As for a pattern, it’s almost always best to go with no pattern, or one that is very simple; anything else tends to look a little too busy.
And finally, when buying a tie, try to avoid going for the cheap ones because they won’t lay against you very well when worn. Think Dilbert. Try to get ones made of soft material that will conform to the flow of your chest and belly when you sit and/or stand.