9. Tie one on
Choosing ties, Fenton says, is the same game it’s always been. Ties have grown slightly wider at retail than in the past few years, with 2.75-to-3″ about the norm, but 2.5″ is still a perfectly acceptable width.
As with footwear and suits, don’t get too cheap with your ties. Beautiful ties not only feel better because they incorporate better silks, but are also constructed more carefully. “They last longer, too, so you can get the knot right for years without them losing their shape,” Fenton says.
Better-made neckwear is cooler, too, because the lining is designed to breathe. As for worrying about trends changing and ties widening or narrowing? The giant widths of the ’70s may never come back, but there’s room for going slimmer or slightly wider than the trend without looking clueless, Fenton says.
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