Tie Quality

Tie Quality

Tie QualityTies add more than a splash of color to your work attire – the quality of your tie contributes to your image as well. The next time you’re selecting new ties for your wardrobe, make sure they are of long lasting, high-quality workmanship.

When measuring tie quality the first consideration is the “hand” or feel of the tie. Check that the fabric feels pleasant to the touch. A scratchy or stiff tie is likely to be of lower-quality fabric than one that simply feels luxuriant. This “touch test” applies equally well to thick and thin fabrics.

Next, check the manufacture’s tag to see what type of fabric you’re holding. Silk or wool ties are generally preferable to synthetics. The natural elasticity of these fibers will stretch better around the neck, leading to a longer useful life in your wardrobe.

Once you’ve approved the feel and fabric of the tie, check the details. Finer ties may self tip by using the same fabric for both tie and lining. Better ties often sew on a keeper loop to secure the thin end of the tie, or a label may be stitched across the back of the wide end of the tie. Either way, the stitching that secures the keeper loop or label should be securely attached, and the loop or label should not be crooked.

Choose ties that meet all these requirements and your neckwear will be in keeping with the elegance of your custom-tailored clothes.

J Kent Erickson
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