The Allure of the Woolen Tie

Let’s face it.  You’ve watched Boiler Room.  Over and over again.  And if you are an 80’s brainchild, several more times than that.  Intentional or inadvertently, you were energized by the slick and illegal dealings of the characters on screen.  What made them so appealing was not just the greasy but desirable salesmen knockout pitches they delivered one minute after the next, but the silk ties and matching suits that they donned, and the panache that went with.

Sure, smooth goes on smooth.  Ask Enrique Iglesias.  He’ll tell you all about it.  But if you want to mix and match not just patterns but also fabrics, give wool a try.  A wool tie can look great with a tweed jacket, but equally if not more impressive on a stunning  suit.  So what makes Wool such an appealing choice?

Firstly, it’s Winter Season.  The summery days of ‘Boiler Room’ wear of silk on suits can easily be replaced with something more textured.  Textured fabrics are heavier, insulate the body well and just add character to your ensemble.  More girth on your tie, usually more subdued colors that accompany wool (compliments colors for Winter Season) and an equally if not more impressive knot can really make you stand out.  In spades.  Who wouldn’t want that?

Silk Ties on Suits work great.  So do Woolen Ties.  Read Below

Silk Ties on Suits work great. So do Woolen Ties. Read Below

Second, you have options with wool.  Knitted and Woven.  Knitted ties are generally coarser than woven woolen ties, due to their coarser texture and limited patterns.  Made from lightweight yarn that is either wool, cashmere or a blend, knitted ties do drape well.  However, because they are soft and somewhat stretchy, knitted ties don’t have the fullness and hence level of formality that woven wool ties possess.  Hence, knitted woolen ties are a safer option with textured jackets such as flannel, corduroy or tweed.

Knitted Woolen Ties compliment textured jackets such as tweed!

Knitted Woolen Ties compliment textured jackets such as tweed! Courtesy of http://www.trashness.com

While woven woolen ties can work well with textured jackets, they are a fantastic compliment with a traditional suit.  Avoid suits with excessive sheen, as woolen ties are more subdued in color, and so match up with a more traditional suit jacket.  Woolen ties drape well, are fuller in body and subsequently tie a thick, rich knot, befitting of any formal occasion.

Kobe Bryant showing us how to strut a woven woolen tie

Kobe Bryant showing us how to strut a woven woolen tie

And remember, Woven Woolen Ties are textured, and hence are usually patterned. So make sure you are well brushed up on your ability to match patterns before diving in for a purchase!

And that’s a wrap for this one!  As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.



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