A grey tie matched with a grey suit

Knot Sure? Learn How To Choose The Right Tie

We’ve all been there… standing and staring at a seemingly endless amount of options at the tie rack. A tie is an excellent accessory that adds class, formality, and style to an outfit; however, it’s important that it doesn’t pull the focus away from what’s really important… you! When it comes to choosing the right tie, there is a lot more to consider than just personal preference. Join us as we outline three major areas you should take into consideration when buying your next tie.


Ties range in widths from 2 – 4 inches. When deciding what width is right for you, you’ll want to consider two things: your body type, and your jacket.

Body Type

Taller men with broader shoulders or lots of muscle usually look best in a standard width tie (3.5 – 4 in). Thin to average men should reach for a narrow tie (2.5 – 3 in). Lastly, if you have a slight build, look for skinny ties (under 2 in). Choosing a tie width based on your body type will ensure you are accentuating the natural “V” shape of your upper body.

Jacket Style

Your tie should complement your jacket. A good rule of thumb is that the width of your tie should match the width of your jacket’s lapel.


This section is quick and easy. No matter how big or tall you are, tie length remains the same. Pick a tie that hits right at your beltline. The only reason to have your tie be any shorter is if you’re doing the whole short-suit look.

It’s important to note there is not an “absolute” length of tie, so don’t try to pre-tie. The correct length of a tie is always relative to your waistband. Different pants may sit at different heights, so the length of your tie will need to be adjusted.


Ties come in every color and pattern imaginable. While this gives you an opportunity to have some fun, remember that your tie shouldn’t be a conversation piece (so maybe put that Santa Bugs Bunny tie back in the closet). Your tie should anchor and complement your outfit, so if your shirt’s pattern is pronounced, chose a subtle tie; if your shirt is muted, your tie can be a bit flashier. Here are a few color and pattern tips to keep in mind:

  • A solid color tie is appropriate in almost all situations, so you’re likely to get a lot of wear out of one
  • When it comes to business wear, opt for a darker color tie
  • A back tie will go with anything and is suitable for all occasions
  • Frame your face. If you have a darker complexion, choose a brighter tie; if you’re fair, choose a darker tie
  • Go with the seasons. Opt for a lighter, more airy tie in the warm months, and save the heavier textures and colours for fall and winter

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