If there is anything that Styleforum community – an opinionated and sometimes grumpy group – agrees on, it is that grenadine ties are excellent. If you look in the Styleforum WAYWT or WAYWN (“What are you wearing today/now”), you’ll see ties made of grenadine, a open, nearly gauzy woven fabric that used to be worn as (black) lace in France, in many of our members’ outfits, often in muted colors.
Grenadine ties certainly work with traditional business suits, they also work really well with more “fashion” oriented suits. In any grenadine tie, whether it’s a “large” or “small” weave, there are lustrous yarns and a three dimensional, textured, surface. This combination ensures that all but the cheapest grenadines will look rich.
In the Classic menswear section of the forum, subdued ties with small, repeating patterns, are considered integral to the wardrobe. This is in part because many of the discussions are geared not just towards classic menswear, but more specifically, towards business attire. In the Streetwear&Denim section, suits are seen as a starting point for a fashionable outfit. In the relatively few outfits posted that include ties, feature minimalist, solid colored ones.
Grenadine ties, because of their highly textured weave, do not require a pattern for them to be suitable for business ready outfits which makes the grenadine time one of those rare moments when the classic agrees with the modern. Sean Connery’s James Bond regularly wore grenadine ties as well. In our “Menswear Advice” forum for all of those pesky questions you are not sure where to ask, the answer “wear a burgundy or navy grenadine tie” is nearly always going to be an adequate answer.
This is one of the reasons that when we decided to the first Styleforum tie in the good part of a decade, earlier this year, we went with a burgundy with navy grenadine tie with Vanda (the majority of the profits of this tie went to support the Ronald McDonald House of Spokane.)
Here are a few of the forum’s other favorites:
Vanda Silk and Cashmere Grenadine tie: because you don’t get much more luxurious for fall.
Drake’s “Petrol” grenadine tie: Drake’s has been a perennial favorite with menswear enthusiasts both on Styleforum and beyond, for years, now. $155 via MrPorter
Chipp neckwear Wine grenadine tie – because a grenadine tie can also be had on a budget. $55
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