Blue Ties - Tips for Wear in 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.
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
- Clip on ties
- Bow ties
- Zipper ties
- Extra wide ties
- Skinny ties
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!