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Blue Ties - Tips for Wear in 2011

Updated on July 30, 2011

The year 2011 presents us with no shortage of choices when it comes to tie colors, but if you want to go with something classic, blue is an excellent choice. Blue ties look great on all sorts of people, and can be appropriate at a wide variety of occasions. Most common in everyday business scenarios, blue ties are also traditional choices for receptions, networking events, and other semi-formal events.

Many people choose blue ties to lighten up a suit, and though blue is a somewhat cooler color, they are commonly worn in the spring. Below I shall share with you a brief history of blue ties, as well as some tips on finding, choosing, and wearing blue ties.

The History of Blue Ties

As long as there were ties (and even cravats, scarves, and other neck adornments, for that matter), there have been blue ties.  This color is a kind of perennial staple in the world of ties, not only because blue dies have been commonly accessible through the years, but also because the color has a lot of strong cultural, political, and societal associations.  

Blue has often been a color associated with certain regiments, clubs, orders, and other organizations, hence many club ties have had prominent blue coloring.  Rep ties are also commonly blue. 

Rep and club ties with blue stripes or insignias have been worn by many prominent figures in the UK, and blue ties in general have often been a common choice of countless international politicians and celebrities.  

Though ties have become more flamboyant over the years (not to mention wider and longer), blue ties still hold a certain relevancy and stateliness.  There is no doubt that they will continue to be a commonly appreciated tie color for decades to come.

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Different Types of Blue Ties

When choosing a blue tie, one can choose between not only patterns, but also shades of blue, shapes (length, wideness), textures, and even club or team associations. 

Common choices include:

  • Club ties
  • Rep ties
  • Generally striped ties
  • Patterned ties
  • Ties with logos
  • Hand painted ties
  • Cravats
  • Clip on ties
  • Bow ties
  • Zipper ties
  • Extra wide ties
  • Skinny ties
When selecting a tie for a specific occasion, consider the time of day and season (lighter blue colors are common choices in spring and summer, as well as morning events), the formality of the event (more traditional ties are better for formal events, whereas skinny ties, bow ties, and clip on ties can be a fun way to mix up informal wear), and the people you will be with (are other people wearing ties? Will everyone be wearing the same sort of tie, and if so, do you want to blend in or stand out?).

Tips for Men

Blue ties are wonderfully versatile and tend to make less of a bold statement than other colors, perhaps because they are so ubiquitous, but also because the color blue is more calming and subdued than, say, aggressive and assertive red.

One major point to consider when wearing blue ties is whether or not they blend in with a dark suit.  Ties can do wonderful things to bring a suit together, but if they match too closely to the dark navy of a blue suit, the entire ensemble may come across dull.  Be sure to consider how all elements of your outfit will work together before walking out the door.

Tips for Women

Women rarely wear blue ties recreationally- almost all blue ties are worn as part of a school or employee uniform (this is not so often the case with more unconventional colors such as orange, pink, and green).  For this reason, women wearing blue ties should be careful to wear them with outfits that would not be mistaken for uniforms-  it can be embarrassing to be at a party or event and be mistaken for the hired help.

Where to Find Blue Ties

Blue ties can be found and purchased in any major menswear store, and can also be found online.  I recommend purchasing ties in person, simply because photos may not be enough to ensure a tie's quality, and also because it can be fun to purchase a tie somewhere meaningful and associate it with a fun trip, a happy afternoon, or a loved one you were with at the time or purchase.

That said, blue ties are readily available online - if you have a certain brand that you like and trust, you may consider buying a tie through the brand's official website to ensure quality and authenticity.  If you do not care so much about branding, it may not heart to hunt for bargains from tie manufacturers who sell high quality ties online at a discount.

Happy tie hunting!


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      Ewa 4 years ago

      Looks like it was a lot of fun! I wish we were there! The hats look very cute, and the women too:-) I am sure the police enejyod it more then some other things they have to deal with;-)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, nice! I bet it looks great on you!

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      daskittlez69 6 years ago from midwest

      I took your advice and bought a blue tie. I had a lot of compliments today on it. Thanks for your hub.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Aha- a power tie! I don't suppose there's any disgreeing with that -red is a powerful color indeed!

      Gold as a color preference - that's very interesting! I don't think I've noticed a lot of gold ties out there, though now that you've brought them up, I bet I'll see them everywhere.

      As for the world of pocket silks - I am completely with you on that - they're an indication of a much larger decline in general dapperness, though it does have its pockets of resilience here and there.

      I am also with you on online tie shopping - once you know which brands you can trust. But if you're trying something new, the only way to be sure of quality is to see and feel it in person :D

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      American_Choices 6 years ago from USA


      Red is said to be the "power tie", blue ties, you are right are the ubiquitous choice - a classic.

      I prefer a cross between a royal blue and a navy. Not prefectly corporate but elegant and yet with a little life.

      Gold is my first preference, followed by blue and of course the red power tie.

      I am saddened by the lack of pocket silks and the introduction of fake pocket silks.

      I disagree with the brick and border store shopping - I have researched the finest ties - know my brands and my wife has me actively shopping on eBay. The values for the high end ties are fabulous and the selection at my fingertips is a convenience that pays for itself.