How smart is my tie?

September 25th 2015

A few weeks a reader asked for a post on what makes a tie more or less formal, smart or not. It’s a very relevant question. Few men today wear ties, but when they do, they rarely want them to be as smart as the traditional foulards and Maccl...

How smart is my tie?

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I'm afraid I've never worn a cravat, so I'm not best placed to advise here, sorry. I wouldn't be surprised if older ones tended to be heavier though...

TiesSeptember 25th 2015

Casual tie and sports jacket (military donegal de...

August 17th 2015

In the spirit of our recent posts on assembling outfits, here’s the process that put this one together. Originating idea: I’ve always liked the way this pale, silk tie from Ralph Lauren goes with my Rubinacci cashmere jacket. The corn...

Casual tie and sports jacket (military donegal de...

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Hi, I'm afraid I never did an article about the belt, but I can do something more general in the future, yes absolutely...

Casual clothing - JacketsAugust 17th 2015

Green, shantung, club (tie)

July 16th 2014

Dark green is a subtle and versatile tie colour. You’re not surprised I think that, right? After all I sing the praises of green at every opportunity. But broad truths bear repeating. With an outfit like the one above, navy would be the s...

Green, shantung, club (tie)

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They're a little informal for a suit, but in a dark colour perhaps with a slightly more casual suit, like a flannel...

Style - TiesJuly 16th 2014

Consider a charcoal tie

March 12th 2014

Conservative accessories are a great thing to master. First, because the acquisition of unusual clothing – such as cord suits or purple jackets – requires something effective to balance it. And second, because dressing extremely conservat...

Consider a charcoal tie

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I'd recommend pure wool actually today - cashmere hasn't held up that well....

Style - TiesMarch 12th 2014

Charvet ties: the cost of choice

February 12th 2014

The cost of variety is rarely appreciated by consumers. Among all the things that make up the price of a piece of clothing – materials, labour, rent, tax, marketing, R&D – the waste implicit in a broad range is hardly ever conside...

Charvet ties: the cost of choice

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Is it possible to get hold of Charvet's knitted ties online or through mail order? I've searched everywhere for a black knit tie, but it seems less easy to get than one would suppose....

Socks and underwear - TiesFebruary 12th 2014

Just four Permanent Style ties left

November 5th 2013

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Just four Permanent Style ties left

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Hi, Yes most English shirts have that fault. Unless they have a higher collar, like the Francomb ones at Lewin. But then they are often too high, or have two buttons, silly colours etc... Simon...

Ties - November 5th 2013

Last few Permanent Style club ties

October 17th 2013

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Last few Permanent Style club ties

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Oooo wouldn't they make nice prizes Simon? ;-) /Owen...

Ties - October 17th 2013

The Permanent Style club tie

October 10th 2013

– NOW SOLD OUT – The Permanent Style club tie is now available to buy on the Drake’s website. The ties are strictly limited to 100 numbered editions and the first 10 will be on sale tonight at the Drake’s opening party...

The Permanent Style club tie

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I don't Arthur, no, though I am still rather fond of it...

TiesOctober 10th 2013

How to tie your tie

September 4th 2013

Dear Simon, Ties and their lengths are causing me some problems.
I have bought several ties recently, all from Drake’s, but realise that they are slightly too long. Being 5’6’’ I know I am not the tallest of peopl but then, ...

How to tie your tie

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First, I think it's worth stating what I've often said: there is very little consistency to how Bond has dressed over the various films, whether in cut or style, and I find it odd that so many people consider them part o...

TiesSeptember 4th 2013

How to buy a quality tie

June 12th 2013

A quality tie has greater lustre, greater life and, perhaps, lends its wearer a greater sense of authority. But it’s not as easy as just spending more money. It is easy to analyse though. Made of silk, wrapped around some kind of lining and ...

How to buy a quality tie

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Grenadines don't vary that much, so I'm sure it's good. However, the point about the thick lining is that it's a rule of thumb - something to make you consider the quality of the silk, not to assume it's lesser quality. ...

TiesJune 12th 2013

Reader question: How to wear a bow tie

February 14th 2013

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Reader question: How to wear a bow tie

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I love bow ties now! Another point worth noting is that there is negligible weight in a bow tie. I wish that I wore one at my nephew's wedding reception as the warm room added to the irritation of my silver tie that I wa...

Style - TiesFebruary 14th 2013

The printing and aesthetics of Drake’s ties

September 7th 2012

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The printing and aesthetics of Drake’s ties

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I've always had a problem pairing a tie with a shirt and knowing when is the right time to have the patterns clash instead of match. I really like several of the designs on the Drakes website and, from the information in...

TiesSeptember 7th 2012

Permanent Style x Passaggio Cravatte: regimental ...

August 27th 2012

Following our r ecent project with Italian tiemaker Passaggio Cravatte, I’m pleased to offer the second iteration of this collaboration, focusing on regimental ties. (You can see the samples at the bottom of the post.) For anyone who missed the...

Permanent Style x Passaggio Cravatte: regimental ...

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I think the reference these days is so rare that it's not really an issue, particularly so with regimentals this old...

TiesAugust 27th 2012

Jeans with a shirt and tie

July 25th 2012

Normal.dotm 0 0 1 249 1424 Euromoney PLC 11 2 1748 12.0 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Dear Simon, In a recent post ( The modern man needs a good blazer) you explained how versatile a blazer or odd jacket can be, and how to wear one. The...

Jeans with a shirt and tie

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Why do you need two of each Amit? One would be fine....

Denim - StyleJuly 25th 2012

Passaggio Cravatte ties

June 1st 2012

There isn’t much to the making of a good tie – a slip stitch, good silk – but it’s surprising how few ties there are out there that I rate. Tiny things in cut, design and cloth make a big difference. One tie maker who contacte...

Passaggio Cravatte ties

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Thank you Peter, great to flag up...

TiesJune 1st 2012

Combining pattern and colour in shirts and ties

April 23rd 2012

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Combining pattern and colour in shirts and ties

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I love this combination - risky but it works and as you say Simon - Mastery. However, i would like to see the whole outfit to make a final judgement as it would put the outfit in to context. So any chance? Bradley...

Shirts - StyleApril 23rd 2012

Reader question: Looking after ties

April 16th 2012

Dear Simon, Having read with great interest all your articles (over many, many hours – I am a late-comer to your site) I have been amassing information. Now that I have actually started to purchase clothes etc, the question I have of ties, whic...

Reader question: Looking after ties

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I roll all of my ties. That said, if your precious seven fold silk satin Turnbull and Asser tie comes in a nice presentation box, do you forgo the box and roll up your tie....or hang it up???...

Reader questions - TiesApril 16th 2012

Sette ties: true seven folds

April 9th 2012

I am asked fairly regularly to review ties, often produced by new, small companies. Ties are, I suppose, quite easy to sell online and the lower costs of doing so makes them an obvious product to start with. But it surprises me how few of these I lik...

Sette ties: true seven folds

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They make beautiful neckwear. I bought 2 for my clients and the packaging along was worth the experience....

TiesApril 9th 2012

A short guide to ties

February 29th 2012

Printed (50oz royal twill)As more men wear ties to work again, it is important to understand the small but important differences between the textures of ties. This is essentially what drives the formality of a tie, and many men when returning to ties...

A short guide to ties

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Hi Pedro, Of course, don't worry all article's get covered and are still active. I see all new comments in a feed. Shinier jacquard ties like that can be hard. I'd say you're probably best wearing them with more formal t...

TiesFebruary 29th 2012

The slip stitch: The secret of a good tie

November 4th 2011

A recent piece in City AM by Permanent Style sung the praises of the slip stitch, and gave some advice on maintennace: article here.

The slip stitch: The secret of a good tie

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A tailor wouldn't be able to repair it - it would have to be a tiemaker. The tie will still be able to regain form, as the slip stitch will still be loose presumably. The issue will be if that loose end of the stitch sta...

TiesNovember 4th 2011

Going tieless; Hemingway Tailors suit

September 21st 2011

Without a tie, men lose the biggest opportunity to express themselves easily in colour and pattern. But I don’t like wearing a tie every day either. The key if you’re not going to wear a tie is to add accents elsewhere, such as in a pocke...

Going tieless; Hemingway Tailors suit

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No, sorry Luke. I've met him once or twice but never had anything made there....

Style - SuitsSeptember 21st 2011

Suit, Shirt, Tie 1: Pink and green

August 24th 2011

One of my favourite colour combinations is pink and green. The pink here is pale, too pale perhaps to be portrayed accurately in the photo, but it provides a subtle field of colour for green to play on. The green tie, from Neapolitan maker Isaia, is ...

Suit, Shirt, Tie 1: Pink and green

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Thanks, yes love those pale pink Oxford cloths...

Shirts - StyleAugust 24th 2011

Naples, Kiton: ties

August 19th 2011

There is one essential to a quality tie: the slip stitch. This is a loose, hand-sewn stitch along the length of the tie, usually finishing in a loop of excess thread at its smaller end. It enables the tie to move along its length, and recover after b...

Naples, Kiton: ties

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Most of the time I think. I'm sure there will be exceptions - eg with a knitted silk or something like a grenadine. Probably with other materials too like wool and cotton...

TiesAugust 19th 2011

Naples, E Marinella, made to measure tie result

August 12th 2011

The making of my Marinella tie hasn’t quite gone according to plan. When I received it – admittedly very quickly, after little more than a week – the length was correct but it was the standard width at the bottleneck. As I explained...

Naples, E Marinella, made to measure tie result

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Well, I'd go to the Valet, but also ask Marinella themselves in their shop perhaps...

TiesAugust 12th 2011

Naples, E Marinella – made to measure tie

July 27th 2011

It’s easy to be fussy about ties; they are such flimsy things. One can become obsessive about getting the length right, or fiddle with the knot throughout the day. The latter, of course, undermines any impression of easy style. A perfect dimple...

Naples, E Marinella – made to measure tie

It’s easy to be fussy about ties; they are such flimsy things. One can become obsessive about getting the length right, or fiddle with the knot throughout the day. The latter, of course, undermines any impression of ea...

TiesJuly 27th 2011