Guide To Suits And Ties
It used to be that a suit and tie just represented people who were professionals or smart at what they did. But now more people are dressing their casual suits and ties with non-professional clothes to match whatever it is they want to wear for a particular occasion. The good news is that once you learn some simple techniques in the choice process, it gets relatively easy to experiment with different fabrics, patterns and colours, and to modify your threads for almost any occasion. In this brief article, we’ll review some classic suit and tie (and suit) rules and give you some of-the -moment bests for wearing them. We’ll also touch on some basics for smart casual dressing as well. Ready to get started?
One of the classic rules of suit and tie (and shirts) is to always wear a white suit or blouse with a dark tie. That is not an ironed rule anymore but it was not always so. In fact, back in the fifties, men would choose light or pale suits to match their pale or transparent shirts, and if they were wearing a tie, it would usually be white or another pale colour. These days, many men are choosing dark suits and dark tuxedos for their casual business suits and weddings but for that special event, a suit and tie always has to be white.
When it comes to neckties, most men tend to favour a wider band than the one they would normally wear on their shirts. This is not because it is less formal but because it looks less formal. On the other hand, if you are going to be wearing a wide tie band around the neck, the better the necktie is, the better! So a no-neck shirt worn with a wide tie band looks just as formal as a no-neck shirt with a thin, narrow band. For casual occasions, you can wear any necktie you want but remember to always match it with a suit and a matching tie case.