I actually enjoying wearing traditional neckties, but the truth is that when you wear one every day, the whole process of putting it on and wearing it for eight, or ten, hours can become a bit monotonous. So, how do you cure the silk four-in-hand necktie blues? Easy. Consider alternative approaches to fine neckwear, but as with most fashion-forward decisions, do so judiciously and consider your environment and social setting.
If you’re tired of worrying about snags and stains on your fine silk neckties then consider an alternative, yet traditional, fabric. Knit ties are less susceptible to daily wear and damage than your traditional silk ties and they also convey a classic traditional image. These ties are acceptable for business and casual settings and will give you an “old money” or professorial air.
The overwhelming majority of ties in most men’s closets are machine-made silk neckties with a distinct lining. The seven-fold tie is the preferred neckwear of sartorial purists. They are ideally made of one piece of silk that is hand-folded seven times and left unlined. Why would a gentleman prefer a tie of this construction and why would he pay a premium it? A seven-fold tie simply carries more heft, allowing the wearer to create a more robust knot and the tie’s extra weight lets it fall in a way that draws praise from the discerning man of fashion.
Bow ties are a distinguished alternative to traditional four-in-hand neckties. A bowtie gives off an air of distinction and intellect that few men’s fashion accessories can and they also make a bold fashion statement. Tread lightly when making the decision to don a bowtie because they are not acceptable for all social graces or business circles; use your own judgment.
Ascots exude class, distinction, and wealth but they are not for everyone. Do not wear an ascot to meet with clients or give business presentations; just avoid this four-in-hand necktie alternative altogether at the workplace. However, if you are an older gentleman, the ascot is a perfectly acceptable neck accessory to don for social occasions.
A pocket square cannot replace neckwear for occasions that specifically call for a tie or situations where a tie is expected, although it can complement your neckwear in such settings. However, for more relaxed settings like casual summer fundraisers and after-work happy hours, it is completely acceptable to wear an open collar and dress up your outfit with a well-chosen pocket square.
Admittedly, I had some apprehensions about including the western bolo tie on this list since I do not want to encourage people to replace their Zegna neckties with this cowboy fashion for their next sales presentation. However, I felt it had to be mentioned since there are certain occasions where a person can don the traditional western neckwear. Rodeos, barbeques, and horse races are events where you can sport this accessory, but if you have any doubts about its social acceptability then the answer is no, cowboy.
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