How we long for a sense of history in our garments; the apocryphal anecdote, the dubious legend, the fabricated fable—we can’t get enough of those little stories that give meaning to the tiniest ingredient of our outfits, be it a buttonhole or a lapel, a turn-up or a stitch.
Among those fads, we cherish the idea that our clothes can manifest some dormant origin. And sometimes, it is actually true. But such lineage rarely follows a straight line and words are treacherous signs that indicate multiple directions.
Starting a tie wardrobe in 2018 can be daunting; with the variety of options that are just one click away, it might be hard to determine whether a tie is going to get some use or will lie in a cedar box untouched for years.
This list was compiled following the directions of some Styleforum members who discussed pretty extensively the merits and versatility of the following ties on this thread.
A starting wardrobe of 12 ties might contain:
- Two navy solid ties (a grenadine and a repp, for instance)
- Two other solid ties (i.e. forest green grenadine, a chocolate brown repp)
- One glen plaid, guncheck, or shepherd’s check tie in black and white or navy and white
- One houndstooth tie
- Two pindot ties
- Two “neat” ties – small, evenly spaced designs
- Two repp stripe ties
See below for some great options that will help you complete your tie collection.
Navy solid ties
Yellow Hook $130 • Kent Wang $75
Solid ties in other colors
Vanda Fine Clothing $123 • Yellow Hook $130
Glen plaid / Guncheck / Shepherd’s check ties
Vecchio Anseatico $95 • Vanda Fine Clothing $123
Drake’s micro houndstooth $195 • Drake’s puppytooth $185
Shibumi Firenze $126 • Vanda Fine Clothing $123
Spier & MacKay $35 • Shibumi Firenze $126
Repp stripe ties
Ralph Lauren $125 • Vecchio Anseatico $95