High Risk/High Reward: Paisley Tie

The bass player in my college jazz ensemble was one funny and eccentric dude. He had a knack for saying the most inappropriate, but hilarious, things at just the right (or wrong) time, and had a pretty raw and/or disgusting sense of humor. He also had a very distinct and unapologetic sense of personal style. One of his favorite items was a pair of black parachute pants with tons of zippers. Straight from the 80s. Being that it was the mid-90s, the rest of the rhythm section used to give him a ridiculously hard time. His response was, “Hey, man, fashion is cyclical. You know, the 60s are in right now. Just wait, you’ll be paying top dollar for these in like 20 years!” While I’m not sure about the latter, he was definitely right about the former—fashion is cyclical. And I’ve seen a lot of 1970s influence recently.

Paisley Tie - He Spoke Style

| WEARING | Vintage Yves Saint Laurent suit, Brooks Brothers shirt (last season, similar HERE), Paisley tie c/o Bows-N-Ties, Reiss pocket square, J.Crew belt, Timex watch, Shoes c/o Johnston & Murphy | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

1970s style is all about bold patterns, prints, and a little bit of flash. And there’s nothing quite like a big bold paisley. Truth be told, I’d been after a great paisley tie for a few months, but the only options I’d been able to find (and that I actually liked) were extremely expensive and much more than I was willing to pay. That’s why I was so excited when I found this one from Bows & Ties. The exact style and colors I was looking for, plus, at $40, a great price too.

I wouldn’t go so far as to call a paisley tie a statement piece, but it is a bold print that adds a fair amount of personality to a suit. Maybe not the best move if you’re in a government or more conservative corporate work environment, but a better fit if you move and/or work in a more creative field. Tone down the boldness of the pattern by pairing it with browns and rich earth tones. Perfect for fall, and a perfect match for my vintage YSL suit.

Paisley Tie - He Spoke Style

Paisley Tie - He Spoke Style

Could you pull off a paisley tie?

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Disclosure: Compensation for this post was provided by Bows-N-Ties. The opinions expressed herein are mine alone and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Bows-N-Ties.


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  • Alex

    Good to see you wearing some socks again – I much prefer it to the suit and no socks look.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      To each his own, Alex, but I’m glad you’re a fan. How about the tie though?

      • Alex

        The tie is good too.

  • http://thefashionteacher.com Arcadia

    you can pull off anything!

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Well, maybe not anything…! You’re too kind, Arcadia. Thanks for the continued support.

  • Matt

    Great outfit. Love the tie. That paisley print would also be perfect as a pocket square.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      It would! And they actually offer that pattern as a pocket square as well.

  • http://lookbook.nu/alexgray Alex Gray

    So impressive combination of the plaid shirt and the paisley tie, Brian.
    I have to adopt this!

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Go for it, Alex! Sometimes the most unexpected combinations make the best combinations.

  • Justin

    Great looking tie! Can you tell me if the tie is made from a woven or a printed silk? I prefer prints because those usually have more detail. It looks like a print to me… Thanks Brian.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      This is a printed silk.

  • Seth Nelson

    Great tie, and it is well paired with your new vintage suit. I have a beige, silver, and gold colored paisley tie, and wore it recently with my teal vintage sport coat (my grandfather called it his “swinger suit”; everything else was neutral). I wore it to church, and received an abnormally large number of compliments.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa