A man's tie is one of the first things that people notice. So, it's one of the most important parts of a wardrobe to purchase and care for. Traditionally, ties were made from silk. Today, however, ties are available in a wide range of styles and fabrics or fabric blends. Caring for them requires a deep knowledge of fabrics, construction and cleaning processes.
Surprisingly there are a number of different ties that can be used for different purposes.
The “four in hand” tie is the one that most people wear. It comes in a variety of widths, colors, patterns and materials, and is appropriate for most formal occasions. There are a variety of knots that you can use to vary their appearance.
- The “seven fold tie,” while similar to the four in hand, is made using one square yard of silk that is folded seven times. They are best suited for special events.
- The “skinny tie” became popular in the 1960's when it was part of The Beatles signature look. These ties are still popular today for a variety of occasions. They can be worn in the office for a professional feel or around town with jeans for an edgy look.
- The “bow tie” is a must-have for formal events and a fun alternative for everyday wear. Especially popular in the South, bow ties go well with seersucker and lightweight suits.
The “cravat” and its fancier cousin the “ascot” are used for formal occasions and are typically made of silk.
Ties, like most accessories are influenced by the season and the outfit you plan to wear. In the spring and summer linen, cotton and silk ties are preferred. Colors can range from light pastels to bold spring hues. Plaids, floral prints and small patterns like anchors or stars, add a personal touch. In fall and winter wear wools and knits in darker colors or traditional seasonal tones.
As you can see ties vary in style, construction and fabric. Because of this, ties also require a variety of cleaning approaches. At DELIA'S Cleaners, our professionals are trained specifically to identify fabrics and use the best cleaning process available for each individual tie. With DELIA'S Cleaners, you can rest assured your tie will always help you make the best possible first impression.