to top

10 essential ties every man should own

Essential ties

When it comes to accessorizing office outfits, men don’t have a lot of options. Typical men’s accessories are watches, lapel pins, cufflinks and bracelets. However, a necktie is the most important one, it can either complement or ruin the whole look.

Ties are quite pricey, so you should be smart about your purchases. Always keep the rest of your wardrobe in mind and get a tie, which you will be able to combine with many outfits. In this article, I want to tell you more about the different versatile ties every gentleman should own.

Essential ties

Navy silk tie

A dark and simple tie. It is not flashy and goes very well with formal outfits. If you often wear solid suits, opt for a navy grenadine tie, which has a stronger texture. Such ties will always stand out even if the colour is not vivid. A navy silk tie is very versatile. If you are just starting out your collection, I recommend this one as your first purchase.

Burgundy tie

A burgundy tie is simple and versatile as well. Every man should have a solid colour tie in his wardrobe, so this is another recommendation for a basic tie collection. A burgundy tie is perfect for formal occasions and for some more casual events too.

Brown tie

You should opt for a textured tie because brown is a more casual colour. A brown grenadine tie is the best choice. A lighter brown shantung silk tie will go well with both business suits and sport coats because it is multifunctional and adds structure to your outfit. For colder seasons, get a brown wool tie.

Essential ties

Striped Repp tie

It is a classic tie, which has been popular for many decades. Striped Repp ties are easy to style and never go out of fashion, so you should definitely invest in one. They are casual, but still are formal enough for the office. Red or blue ties are great to start, but you should get whatever colour you like the most.

Shantung tie

Such ties are made of shantung silk, also known as raw silk, which features irregularities and knobs. Some people may think that these ties are defective. Nevertheless, true connoisseurs will easily recognize a real shantung, because it is matte and not shiny.  A shantung tie looks more casual, you can get it in a solid colour, in stripes or other patterns.

Essential ties

Polka Dot Tie

The dot pattern is very simple, but also a staple, which has been around for decades. Such ties are absolutely appropriate for the office or job interviews. Small dots are more formal, whereas large dots are more casual. To start, I suggest you get something in between. The most versatile colours are also navy or red. However, depending on what shades you already have in your wardrobe; you might opt for a tie in light blue, medium blue, burgundy or orange.

Houndstooth Tie

This classic pattern has been popular for a long time. There are houndstooth ties in all sizes, but I recommend you get an oversized one. It will look great with solid suits and suits that have a small pattern. If you want a textured tie, go for a houndstooth bourette silk one. Bourette is a thicker silk yarn, very matte and crisp.

Essential ties

Macclesfield Neats Tie

Initially, such ties were printed in Macclesfield, England. Macclesfield ties feature small repetitive patterns, which are not solid, but also not very bold. Therefore, they look great with both suits and casual outfits. The most versatile colours here are navy blue, red, green and brown. Each tie has two, three or even more colours and it is very easy to pair them with many different garments.

Silver Tie

A silver tie is formal and looks great with all kinds of suits, even morning wear. It is a great choice for a wedding, a night out and even for the office. However, always remember that you should pair it with a darker suit or jacket. A silver tie works well with blue, black or grey suits; but very rarely with yellow, brown or red. Silver is a very clean and sleek colour. It is perfect for celebratory events.

Essential ties

Paisley Tie

This pattern came from India and was modified in England. I can say it the most complex pattern and sometimes it might be hard to match such ties with a suit. However, you should have at least one in your collection. Wear it with minimal looking shirts and suits in solid colours that look nice with a tie. If you match colours correctly, your outfit will show your personality and confidence.

Generally, I use silk ties, but in cold winter, I prefer wool or wool and silk blend ties. In Pietrocola Bespoke we can create a unique tie based on your specifications. The length and the width of your bespoke tie are determined according to your height and build. Therefore, it will have flawless proportions. We have a wide range of outstanding silks, so you certainly can find something perfect for you.

Alessandro Rocco Pietrocola is an entrepreneur, fintecher, investor, blogger and author based in London and operating mainly in Europe, Asia and Oceania with main focus on UK, Baltic Countries, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, UAE, Middle East and New Zealand as area of interest! At the moment is the CEO of Astorts Group. He is an UK FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) and NZ FSPR (Financial Service Provider Register) Approved Person and has great experience as director of regulated companies.
He uses to dedicate part of his life to inspire others and help them achieve the most out of their lives. Since he was 20, he had successfully founded and managed several companies operating in the field of management consulting, wealth management and fintech. He is Member of Institute of Directors in London, Member of Changer Club in Riga, Member of Fintech Association of Hong Kong, Member of Singapore Fintech Association, Member of Non Executive Director Association in London and Member of Alumni Network of Draper University in San Francisco. He loves travelling, he is a cigars lover, an amateur golfer and a dapper man.

Please write me an email with your specific case, my team will be more than happy to help you to find the best solution for your business need or to advice and support you to start a new business venture.

Contact me

Take your chance to learn from who have done most of the stuff he is talking about for himself and he knows what works – and what doesn’t – in the real world.


Book a Wake Up Call with me, if you are moving the first steps in the business world and you wish to learn how to get started!

Wake up call

Book a Check Up Call with me, if you are already in business and you wish to check up your business and leverage my experience to improve your structure or expand your business.

Check up call

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.