Ties 101 at Alandales

Let’s talk about ties. Whether you’re going to the office or preparing for a swanky night out, wearing a tie can transform your outfit from casual to stylish. When you wear a tie, people notice—they notice the color, the pattern, the length and the style. Ties can make your outfit, and can certainly break it, so don’t just buy the first tie you see off the rack because you think it might look nice. Firstly and most importantly, think about the image you want to put forward. Are you the well-dressed business man or are you the standard suit and tie type? No matter the image you wish to put forth, there are things you need to know about picking out ties.

Ties: General Style

Consider the length of your tie. No matter what style you’re going for, ties should always meet the top of the belt—no ifs, ands, or buts about it. It doesn’t matter if you are tall or short, before you buy a tie make sure the length of the tie is appropriate. Next, width: if you’re looking for a contemporary style that can move from the office to the bars, then you want a slim tie. Super-skinny ties are often inappropriate for the workplace, but a tie that is about 2 ¼ inches to 2¾ inches is your best bet.


When you go to work every day in a suit and tie things can get boring stylistically. And then you discover all the different types of knots at your disposal and go crazy. You subscribe to different “How To” lists so you can learn as many different knots as possible and what they mean about you. But that’s often where men go wrong. In the work place, large knots like the half Windsor, the Prince Albert, and the Double Elliott are unnecessarily conspicuous. Style blogs agree: the only tie you’ll ever need is the four-in-hand. It’s perfectly sized and triangular; it will work well with all styles of suits, and carry you through the rest of your well-dressed life.


You’re feeling adventurous, so naturally, your eye drifts to the one bow tie you keep just for such occasions. Are you really up to it? Will you feel uncomfortable in the office? It sure will be a conversation starter… No matter how hip, the bow tie probably isn’t the best idea for the workplace, but if you’re looking to change your image a little bit where your social life is concerned, a daring bow tie with a cardigan might be just the look you’re going for.

The Tie Bar

The tie bar is a classic and effortless accessory for your tie. Meant to clip the front and back of your tie to the placket of your shirt, tie bars come in various styles, but the best option will always be the plain metallic. Always choose a tie bar that is shorter than the width of your tie, and make sure to fix your tie bar between the third and fourth button on your dress shirt. Anything higher is too high and anything lower is too low. A perfectly affixed tie bar is a simple way to add another level of style and class to your shirt.

Alandales is Los Angeles’ top retailer of menswear because we care about helping you dress to impress. Whether you’re looking for casual or professional wear, we’ve got you covered. Don’t compromise where style is concerned.

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