Let’s Consider The Funky Tie, Shall We?

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A funky tie, on the other hand, can subtly telegraph your personal style and personality.

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So what are some rules for wearing a funky tie?

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Stay away from wild colors.

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Same goes for patterns.

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Keep the rest of your outfit simple so it doesn't clash with the statement piece.

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That's how to do it.

How to incorporate a funky tie into your wardrobe

Regular HSS readers know that I have a “thing” when it comes to clothing or accessories that are meant to be silly, ironic or that possess an inherent look-at-me-and-how-clever-I-am quality to them. Rubber chicken cufflinks are my classic easy target, but there are certainly other examples of the sartorial ironic t-shirt.

And ties happen to be some pretty low hanging fruit. Most guys wear them at some point, though I will say that those who don’t need to wear a tie on a regular basis are the worst offenders. Instead of seeing the opportunity to wear a tie as a chance to look distinguished, they’ll choose one in order to be funny and call attention to themselves.

There’s a difference between a conversational tie and a funky tie, in my opinion. A conversational tie falls into that sartorial ironic t-shirt category. A funky tie, on the other hand, can telegraph personal style and personality. I suppose you could argue that rubber chickens say something about your personal style, but since they say awful things about it, we’re not going to entertain that idea.

how to wear funky conversational ties

I, myself, am not much of a funky tie guy. Though I will occasionally wear a tie that’s more adventurous, like one with a bold plaid or loud paisley, if I’m in the mood, I generally stick to classic solids and stripes for the most part. I like them. And they fit my style and personality.

So when my friends at Drake’s sent me the tie you see in this post as a thank you for my honest and true love for the brand, you can imagine my first reaction. Actually, the first reaction was from Robin, who opened the package while I was traveling. “I don’t know if it’s you,” she said. I didn’t really think so either when she sent me a photo.

how to wear funky conversational ties

| WEARING | Suitsupply blazer, Michael Andrews Bespoke shirt, Yves Saint Laurent pants, Drake’s tie and pocket square, Rolex watch, To Boot New York shoes | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

However, when I arrived home, my attitude changed. Yes, at first glance I was still lukewarm to the idea this particular tie around my neck. But when I actually started styling it in various ways, it just, well, worked. Despite the asymmetrical and inconsistent pattern when viewed up close, from farther away it isn’t screaming out for attention. And you know that particular quality checks a big box for us here at HSS – the things are best when they reveal intricacies up close box.

What is the trick to adopting a funky tie into your wardrobe without coming off as if you’re starved for attention? Be conservative. Now, that might sound like oxymoronic advice given that our subject is a tie that is designed to be anything but conservative, however, there are ways to keep it more or less in the box. Here are a few pieces of advice.

how to wear funky conversational ties

No wild colors. Stick to your classic menswear palette of blues, browns, reds or muted oranges and greens. Avoid overly bright versions of any color and especially stay away from fluorescents.

No crazy patterns. Again, you can’t go wrong keeping it in the classic wheelhouse. Some bent circles. An off kilter diamond medallion print. Scattershot dots. Just please no repeating rubber chickens or M. C. Escher designs.

Consider it a statement. And apply the laws of wearing statement anythings. Let the statement piece be the focal point of the outfit. Which means keeping the rest of the ensemble muted and inconspicuous. Nothing ruins an outfit’s harmony than too much going on.

how to wear funky conversational ties

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

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  • http://www.vipbachelorclub.com W. ADAM MANDELBAUM

    Another consideration is the venue where such a tie is worn. Gallery reception better than wake for said funky tie.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      True.

  • Jose Grau

    My dad wore a tie to work almost every day and this article reminded me of that. Anyhow, i see you wearing a SuitSupply blazer, whats your opinion on their suits, my wedding is coming up and trying to find a good afforrdable suit. Thanks!
    -Jose

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Suitsupply jackets fit me very well personally. Their pants not so much. I’ve had a couple pairs brought them to my tailor and not had good results. Don’t think it was my tailor’s fault – the pants just aren’t cut right for me. I’d prefer to spend that money on a pair that’s MTM. So, wouldn’t be my first choice for a suit, but you should check it out and see if the trousers are a better fit for you.

      • Jose Grau

        Thank you!