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Geometric Ties | How & When To Wear A Geometric Tie

Posted by Alyssa Breeden on

It’s game time. You have that all important business meeting around the corner. You’ve got your suit lined up. It’s a Super 150, made of gorgeous wool.  It’s damn near perfect. Your blue double ply cotton shirt has been crisply ironed and is ready for wear when needed. You’ve even mastered color theory, and know exactly which tie colors would work with your given ensemble. However, you’re confused about your pattern. Should you go with a paisley, or something more worthy of a professional setting? You finally settle on your geometric tie, and when you strut into that meeting, almost every one does a double take. There’s a reason why. These ties are versatile, and can be worn across a range of occasions. With that said, here is our primer on Geometric Ties!

History of Geometric Ties

The Geometric Tie (alternatively known as the Foulard Silk Tie) is believed to have originated in the Far East, coming from the French word Foulard, with the same meaning. The repeating patterns can be flowers, geometric shapes (squares, diamonds etc), dots or isolated paisley shapes. When looking for a Foulard Tie, you are specifically looking for a repeating pattern. Foulard Silk Ties can be constructed either using Jacquard (woven silk ties, with the patterns woven via different color yarns) or Printed Silk on Satin or Twill Weaves (Patterns are printed using ink jet printings or printing screens in which colors are manually applied).

Events to Wear Geometric Ties To:

Business: Geometric Foulard Ties that work best in business settings are those of a darker hue, such as Navy or Burgundy. Darker colors generally help build trust and affinity, and help demonstrate a sense of authority.

To view The Dark Knot’s range of Geometric Ties that are ideal for a business setting, please click here.

Burgundy Geometric Silk Tie

The Dark Knot's Rockport Squares Burgundy Silk Tie

Business Casual: For more relaxed events, a higher tonal geometric or paisley tie such as a floral tie will have you looking the part, and will ensure that you are dressed above your competition. Floral or Paisley Ties help provide a relaxed vibe while allowing oneself to look professional!

Brown Geometric Silk Tie

The Dark Knot's Woodstock Abstract Brown Silk Tie

Evening Out: On an evening out, a novelty patterned tie such as a repeating animal print will ensure to turn heads when out with friends on a night out! Repeating Animal Prints are a fun way to dress up an outfit while injecting personality into your ensemble at the same time! These ties can often allude to one’s personal interests, as the various repeating tie patterns are typically based around a theme, such as the ocean, sports, leisure among others.  

To view The Dark Knot’s range of Animal Print Silk Ties, please click here.

Blue & Yellow Printed Silk Tie

The Dark Knot's Watermill Fish Navy w/ Yellow Printed Silk Tie

How To Match Geometric Silk Ties

The Foulard Silk Tie, due to its repeating pattern template, must be closely matched with a shirt and an appropriate suit. Many foulard silk ties have patterns that are closely helped together, and are thus best suited for a solid or very subtly patterned shirt. Please note that pattern proportion is critical when matching ties, and pairing a tightly bound pattern with a closed shirt pattern such as narrow stripes or a checkered shirt will result in pattern clash.

Burgundy Foulard Silk Tie

The Dark Knot's Stafford Squares Burgundy Silk Tie

Larger spaced foulard silk ties can be worn with a solid or narrow patterned shirt, such as a pinstriped or micro checkered shirt. Often, these larger spaced foulard ties are more colorful, helping provide tonality and are thus highly versatile. These ties are also ideal for more relaxed events where you want to dress the part, such as a summertime or beaching wedding, or on a day out at a horse racing meet, such as The Kentucky Derby!

Blue Foulard Silk Tie

The Dark Knot's Dartmouth Abstract Blue Silk Tie

Essential Geometric Neckties

When building out your wardrobe with geometric silk ties, it is prudent to have a couple of navy and burgundy silk ties, which are ideal for social settings, along with a couple lighter colored or less conservative foulard ties, such as a repeating paisley or animal print motif.

To view The Dark Knot’s Entire Range of Geometric Silk Ties, please click here.

And that’s a wrap for this one! I hope that you have enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it.

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How Men Can Dress for a Dinner Date

Posted by Rishi Chullani on

It’s game time. You got past the jitters. She said yes. You’ve picked a swanky new martini bar to start the night at, followed by an upscale fusion restaurant. You’re ready to rock n roll, have a great time and enjoy the company of a beautiful woman. There is one issue though. A major one. You haven’t figured out what to wear. You want to make an impression, understandably, and more importantly, you want to feel great. Really great. So that confidence oozes and the date flows smoothly. And dressing well can serve as a great foundation for that. So with that said, here are our suggestions for how men can dress for a dinner date.

Color Theory

Before delving into specific items of clothing, a basic understanding of color theory will set the foundation for dressing well, whether it’s for your dinner date or any other occasion! A color wheel is the ideal place to start.

Color Wheel

A color wheel is divided into two large camps of colors: warmer colors (red, orange, yellow) and cooler colors (blue, purple, green). The goal of using a color wheel is to harmonize color balance. Ideally, a mix of warm and cool colors helps achieve the concept of harmony, where stronger warm colors are offset by more tempered, cooler colors. However, as we will see below, there is a range of color schemes that we can choose from.

Based on the color wheel above, you will see that there are 4 major color schemes at play: Monochromatic (darker and lighter variants of the same color), Similar (colors that don’t contrast too strongly), Triadic (colors that provide contrast between warm and cool), and Complementary (bold contrast). For illustrative purposes, assuming that most gentlemen do not want to dress overtly bold, we will focus on the first three color schemes:

Monochromatic: Consists of wearing colors that are tints (lighter variants) and shades (darker variants) of the same color. A popular example would be wearing a light blue shirt with navy pants. A monochromatic color scheme is a great way to dress dapper without dabbling too heavily with color experimentation.

Monochromatic Navy Pants Blue Shirt Dinner Date

Courtesy of

Similar color scheme: Involves choosing colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel e.g blue with lilac or blue with green. Similar color schemes are often employed with cooler colors, and help portray a sense of familiarity as the colors do not strongly contrast with each other (cool with cool). Hence, navy blue pants with a lighter green solid or checkered shirt will work fantastically, as these colors evoke a sense of familiarity.

Green Pants Blue Shirt Date

A similar color scheme involves wearing colors that are close to each other on the color wheel, and hence aesthetically easy on the eyes. These light green chinos with the light blue shirt above are a perfect example! Courtesy of

Triadic color scheme: This is where color experimentation really becomes interesting. Triadic colors are those that form a triangle within the color wheel ie blue, red & yellow and purple, orange and green. Choosing two of these colors e.g blue and red helps to create both a sense of contrast and balance. Using variations can work to great effect, such as burgundy chinos with a blue shirt!

Burgundy Pants Blue Shirt Dinner Date

Burgundy Pants and a Blue Shirt form a stunning combination as part of a triadic color scheme. Courtesy of

Complementary color schemes: The boldest of the color schemes, this involves choosing colors that are directly across from each other on the color wheel, and hence provide the strongest contrast e.g blue and orange.

Orange chinos blue shirt dinner date

Orange Pants and Blue Shirt above are definitely a bold combination but one that can work if you're bold with your attire! Courtesy of

With basics of color theory now established, here are our suggestions for your articles of clothing for that all important dinner date:

Dress Shirt

Ditch the polos, and definitely ditch the t-shirts. While polos are fine for a day time casual lunch, dressing up for the evening requires more attention to detail. Solid and striped shirts are for work. Show off some of your personality with a solid dress shirt, a plaid shirt, or a more funky option such as paisley if you’re really ready to dress bold! With a strong emergence of plaid dress shirts, buying a well fitted trendy dress shirt should be available at a range of brands, whether you’re going for something more upscale such as Thomas Pink, or something more affordable but nevertheless trendy at Uniqlo!

Dark Denim & Dress Shirt Dinner Date

A Dress Shirt will always have you looking the part on your date! Courtesy of

Dark Jeans

Nothing speaks of timeless classiness like dark denim. While lighter denim can work during the day and even at times in the evenings, Dark Denim that is well fitted will complement your body and will make that dress shirt stand out! Just ensure that the dress shirt has been tucked in!

Dark Denim Dinner Date

Dark Denim always provides a timeless and classic look for a date! Courtesy of


Not a fan of the denim, and straying away from formal trousers because they seem, strictly reserved for the office? Worry not! Chinos are a great way to dress with style without breaking the bank. Navy or Blue Chinos should generally do the trick. If you want to dress more boldly, why not opt for something like Burgundy Chinos!

Chinos Dinner Date

Chinos are always a classy option for a dinner date! Courtesy of

Blazer / Jacket

Nothing adds a level of masculinity and sense of style to your ensemble than a well fitted blazer. It is imperative here to pay attention to pattern variation. If you are just starting to experiment with pattern and color, I would opt for one pattern (either blazer or shirt) and two solids. If you are comfortable opting for two patterns, and are choosing your blazer and shirt as your patterned items (preferable!), then pattern proportion is critical. While patterns can be the same, the spacing between patterns if of paramount importance. Therefore, if you are wearing a smaller checkered shirt, you can opt for a larger, windowpane blazer.

Blazer Dinner Date

A blazer will always have you looking dapper, especially on a date! Above, a gentlemen is dressed emphatically with a double breasted jacket. Courtesy of


Loafers, brown leather shoes or wingtip brogues will all do the trick with your outfit and have all your bases covered. If you have opted for jeans, a trendy pair of sneakers can also do the trick! The more formal your trousers, the more formal you want your shoes to be, so that it looks like your items have been chosen in accordance with each other.

Tassle Loafers Date

Tassle Loafers used to great effect on an evening date! Courtesy of

Accessorize your ensemble

Skinny Ties

Accessories are where you can really bring out your personality, by paying attention to details! Looking to dress super sharp? Why not opt for a skinny silk tie or a knitted tie. Relax the vibe of your ensemble by keeping the top shirt button open, and not fastening the tie knot entirely all the way up, but hovering above the unbuttoned button. Skinny Ties are generally less corporate, show a sense of being well dressed and will allow you to look dapper without looking like you are in a stuffy boardroom!

To view The Dark Knot’s range of beautiful skinny silk ties, please click here.

To view The Dark Knot’s range of skinny silk ties that we specifically recommend for a date, please click here!

Pink Plaid Skinny Tie

The Dark Knot's Fairfield Plaid Pink Skinny Silk Tie used to great effect!

 Printed Silk Ties

Another necktie option that is fantastic for dates are novelty printed silk ties with a repeating motif. These beautiful ties feature a small repeating motif related to a theme (animals, lifestyle, sports, music, travel, adventure). These gorgeous neckties, when viewed from afar, are seen as nothing more than a splash of vibrant colors. Upon closer examination, however, they reveal an intricate pattern that is usually a great conversation starter! They can also often be a sneak peek into what the persons hobbies are!

To view The Dark Knot’s range of stunning animal printed silk ties, please click here.

Yellow & Blue Birds Silk Tie

Above and below, The Dark Knot's Animal Print Silk Ties make for perfect date attire!

Animal Print Silk Ties

Pocket Squares

Looking to add a dash of color to your ensemble? A Pocket Square could be the perfect addition to your first date attire. Whether you are looking to dress super dapper and pair it with your tie, or you are opting to accessorize with just the Pocket Square, this item will definitely inject further character into your ensemble!

To view The Dark Knot’s range of beautiful silk & linen hand made pocket squares with hand rolled contrasting edges, please click here.

Grey, White & Blue Foulard Linen Pocket Square

The Dark Knot's Baldwin Abstract Grey w/ White & Blue Linen Pocket Square used to great effect.

Lapel Flowers

If a Tie or Pocket Square is not your item of choice, and you are looking to add a unique accessory to your ensemble, why not opt for a Lapel Flowers. These unique accessories can immediately inject an element of flair and style into your ensemble, and show that you care to dress differently from the rest of the crowd. If you feel that wearing a lapel flower is something that could be authentic to your sense of style, these beautiful accessories are the perfect item to spice up your outfit!

To view The Dark Knot’s range of beautiful hand made single tonal, two tonal & three tonal lapel flowers, please click here.

Cream Lapel Flower

The Dark Knot's Marblehead Cream Lapel Flower is ideal for an evening date!

 And that's a wrap for this one! I hope that you have enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it!

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Printed Silk Tie Guide | How and When to Wear a Printed Silk Tie

Posted by Rishi Chullani on

Conventional wisdom that the necktie is suited (no pun intended!) to stuffy elites has recently been thrown out the window with more and more aspiring dapper gentleman from all walks of life experimenting with their wardrobes and sense of style.

While it is certainly true that certain patterns such as the striped silk tie might still be reserved for office wear, the strong emergence of neckwear trends including knitted ties and printed silk ties have cast a shadow of doubt over conventional wisdom. Printed silk ties are almost the anti-tie. Foreman to Ali. Federer to Nadal. They take the conventional article of clothing and almost spin it on its head. Sure, cosmetically you’re still wearing a tie. But there’s a story to it now. There’s life, fun and novelty. Who wouldn’t want that – in even the supposedly stuffiest of places? With that said, here is our guide to how and when to wear a printed silk tie.

Animal Print Silk Ties

Two of The Dark Knot's Animal Printed Silk Ties

Printed Silk Tie History

So how did printed silk ties with unique patterns come into existence? Following  World War II and the subsequent rationing of fabric that was associated with meager economic times, excess took over as a form of counter culture to everything that went on in the preceding few years. Ties got wider. Design embellishment became prevalent. And men truly started to enjoy their neckwear. Art deco pattern styles became popular with animals, plants, flower, birds, western and tropical printed themes everywhere.

How are Printed Silk Ties Made?

Printed Silk Ties have become a popular alternative to woven silk ties for several decades. While woven silk ties are made using weaving looms that take silk yarns of various colors and intricately weave them to form patterns, printed silk ties use either screens (stencils) or ink jet printers to print designs onto what is typically a twill weave. Therefore, the actual pattern is not woven into the fabric but printed onto it. As a result, the silk of these ties often feels lighter, making them ideal for the Spring & Summer seasons. However, given the intricate nature of these patterns, many dapper gentlemen also opt to wear them year round.

Types of Printed Silk Tie Patterns

Patterns that are available with printed silk ties are truly diverse. What designs are popular are often intricate repeating motifs that are leisure or sports related. Examples would include a repeating fish pattern for people that may be interested in marine life or water activity, repeating patterns of golf clubs or tennis racquets for those who are inclined to play either game, or relaxing motifs such as swaying palm trees.

Animal Print Silk Ties

The Dark Knot's range of beautiful Animal Print Silk Ties

The common theme among printed silk tie patterns is that they consist of a small motif related to a theme (animals, lifestyle, sports, music, travel, adventure) that is repeating seamlessly across the tie. These beautiful neckties, when viewed from afar, are often seen as nothing more than a splash of various colors, but reveal their true pattern upon closer examination, thus making them an ideal conversation starter! And as mentioned prior, they often are a sneak peek into what the person’s hobbies are. Your neckwear can therefore be a gateway to your world of hobbies & interests, all while dressing formally! Now how many pieces of formal clothing can you say that for?!?

Occasions to wear a printed silk tie to:

Printed Silk Ties can be worn to a range of functions, given the diversity of colors and novelty that they provide an ensemble with:

Daily work – Step out of your daily routine of wearing a solid, striped or abstract silk tie and opt for a printed silk tie instead. These ties are fun and will draw interest to what can otherwise be standard conservative attire. Do, however, keep these ties limited to your daily work wear instead of using them for important meetings or presentations.

Blue with Red Fish Printed Silk Tie

The Dark Knot's Nantucket Fish Blue w / Red Silk Tie

Date Night – What better way to add an element of flair and formality to your outfit than an animal printed silk tie! This will show a clear desire to dress well without taking yourself too seriously. Which date partner wouldn’t like that?!?

Green Fish Printed Silk Tie

The Dark Knot's Nantucket Fish Green w/ Blue Silk Tie

Weekend Casual – Out for a weekend day time party, a horse racing event or playing croquet with your buddies? A printed silk tie will add the perfect dash of intrigue to your outfit, while leaving you peerless with regards to your sense of style!

Animal Print Silk Ties

The Dark Knot's Barnstable Crabs Blue w/ Pink Silk Tie and Falmouth Birds Blue w/ Yellow Silk Tie.

Summer / Beach Weddings – My personal favorite time of the year to wear a printed silk tie.  What better way to soak in a relaxed but dapper day with a silk tie featuring intricate, novelty prints such as The Dark Knot’s Animal Printed Silk Ties!

Chick Magnet Printed Silk Tie

The Dark Knot's Amagansett Chicks Blue w/ Yellow Silk Tie

To view The Dark Knot's range of stunning Animal Print Silk Ties, please click here.

How to Match a Printed Silk Tie

Given that printed silk ties generally consist of repeating motifs, these unique neckties generally pair up well with solid shirts. It is best to opt for a shirt that is the same color as a secondary or tertiary color in the necktie pattern.

Yellow with Blue Birds Printed Silk Tie

The Dark Knot's Falmouth Birds Yellow w/ Blue Silk Tie

Alternatively, one can wear a printed silk tie with a larger checkered pattern shirt, as the larger spacing on the shirts checkered pattern will contrast well with the intricate, closely held pattern of the tie!

Regarding suits, any of your conventional solid or pinstriped suits, along with plaid suits will work well with your printed silk ties.

When accessorizing the rest of your suiting ensemble with a printed silk tie, a larger patterned Pocket Square that provides pattern and /or textural variation will perfectly balance your ensemble. Examples of this include Paisley or Polka Dot Linen or Silk Pocket Squares.

To view The Dark Knot’s range of beautiful linen and silk pocket squares, please click here.

What better way to polish off your suit with a funky animal print tie than with a single or two tonal lapel flower? Due to the intricate pattern of Printed Silk Ties, your best bet to finish off your ensemble with elegance is to opt for a single or two tonal lapel flower.

Please feel free to view The Dark Knot's Single Tonal Lapel Flowers & Two Tonal Lapel Flowers.

Polka Dot Pocket Square and Printed Silk Tie

The Dark Knot's Ashland Dots Burgundy Silk Pocket Square and Amherst Yellow / White Lapel Flower!

And that's a wrap for this one! I hope that you have enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it!

To view The Dark Knot's range of gorgeous Animal Print Silk Ties, please click here.

To view The Dark Knot's range of Silk and Linen Pocket Squares, please click here.

Please feel free to view The Dark Knot's Single Tonal Lapel Flowers Two Tonal Lapel Flowers.

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9 Tips for Men's Summer Layering

Posted by Rishi Chullani on

So the Summer Season is in full swing and you are looking to exude an air of debonair without sweating up a rainstorm. Yes, that can often be a challenging task, especially when we don’t know how to layer clothes for the warmer months of the year. Textural variation is great, and the notion of switching out of wool and into cotton and linen certainly helps, but there are far more options to consider when looking to create that ideal summer look. With that said, here are 9 tips for layering men’s clothes for the Summer Season!

1. Successive layers of clothing should be heavier in weight. This general rule of thumb with men’s fashion has always held true, though it has taken a reversal of trends in some circles in recent years. If, for example, you are strutting a linen shirt with linen pants, it is best to go for a light wool jacket. Three layers of linen will make your ensemble look out of place. After all, textural variation is another element in developing contrast that will allow your ensembles to truly stand out!

Light Woolen Suit Summer Season

A Tropical Woolen Suit is ideal for Spring & Summer Seasons, as it allows you to dress formally without being affected by that enervating summer heat! Courtesy of

2. Mix Darker Colors with Lighter Colors. While the temptation to wear all light pink or light blue may be stronger than Draymond Green’s continuous impulse to let his legs wander in the realm of a man’s privates, I highly suggest that you mix in darker shades of clothing. Generally, going with two pieces of lighter colored clothing is the most you want to opt for, so as to create sufficient contrast with the third piece. A darker colored jacket or pair of trousers will often do the trick!

Darker Blue Jacket Summer MonthsA Darker Blue Jacket can contrast wonderfully with lighter items during the Summer Months! Courtesy of

3. Embrace darker suits in their entirety. While this may turn conventional wisdom on its head, darker suits in lighter materials such as linen, cotton or higher super woolen fabrics (Super 150’s and up), will provide you with fabrics that breathe well in the enervating heat! A darker brown all linen suit or a navy seersucker suit are two options that you could consider when going for that dapper cooler suit!

Double Breasted Brown Linen Suit

A Stunning Double Breasted Brown Linen Suit, Courtesy of

4. Trade away from cotton and linen. While lighter weight fabrics will certainly help you dress as a sartorially inclined gentleman, options also abound with traditional suiting fabrics such as wool.

Instead of opting for a heavier wool fabric, go for a woolen suit with a high Super Count (the higher the Super Number, the finer the yarns), which will result in a lighter weight suit that you can strut during the Summer Months!

Be careful to ensure that your Higher Super Count Suits are constructed from wool that are sourced from reputable mills. While the super count will determine how fine the yarn is, there is no fix for woolen material sourced from poor quality mills!

High Super Wool Count Suit

A High Super Wool Count Suit is ideal for the Summer Months! Courtesy of

5. Consider the lining of your jackets. Just because you may be wearing a lighter material jacket doesn’t imply that it will feel lighter if there is sufficient lining on the inside. Be sure to not overlook this important consideration!

Unlined Blue Summer Jacket

Summer Jackets that are unlined will do a much better job of protecting you from those incredibly strong heat rays!

6. Pay attention to construction of your clothing items. A lighter material shirt made of linen or cotton will not have a starch finish as would a Thomas Pink Shirt – hence, this should be worn with an unstructured lighter material jacket / blazer. A starched formal shirt with an alternating dress color would look extremely awkward under an unstructured jacket!

Unstructured Suits & Shirts

Unstructured Suits + Shirts will make your clothing mesh well together during the Summer Months, without creating an awkward contrast between a stiff shirt and unstructured suit, or vice versa! Courtesy of

7. Opt for the undershirt in the Summer Season! Undershirts will help to soak up sweat and prevent staining of your dressier shirts!

Are you looking for fantastic fitted undershirts? Check out speciality undershirt maker Ribbed Tee at

8. Embrace no look socks or loafers. When out wearing casual or business casual during the day on the weekends or while out in the evenings, no look socks can certainly help in alleviating that enervating heat.

Summer Suit w/ Loafers

Loafers are an ideal look to sport during the Summer Months! Courtesy of

9. Add textured Pocket Squares to your wardrobe. With regard to Pocket Squares, a Linen or Cotton Pocket Square can add a perfect element of textural variation to your ensemble, without adding the unnecessary sheen for the summer months!

Linen Pocket Square

The Dark Knot's Middlebury Checkered Linen Pocket Square is an ideal accessory choice during the Summer Months!

To view The Dark Knot’s range of exquisite Linen Pocket Squares, please click here.

And that’s a wrap for this one! I hope that you have had as much fun reading this article as I have had writing it!

To view The Dark Knot’s extensive range of gorgeous silk ties suited for the Summer Season, please click here.

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Polka Dot Ties | How and When to Wear a Polka Dot Tie

Posted by Rishi Chullani on

While the tie has largely remained a staple in the discerning gentleman’s wardrobe, design types that are in vogue have often fluctuated, some for fashion reasons, others for a mix of function and fashion. Striped ties have waxed and waned in popularity, and one can understand why.

Not only are other, bolder designs now on offer in the market place, but matching a striped tie against the increasingly popular checkered shirt, now seems like an arduous task. Solids constitute classic neckwear, and geometric / foulard patterns will serve you in any corporate setting and then some, but there are few patterned ties that can add intrigue and be worn with a range of suits and shirts, without having to worry too much about the ability to mix and match patterns.

Polka Dot Ties and Pattern Matching

Cue the polka dot tie. These ties comprise of a largely spaced dotted pattern that will contrast well with narrow striped, smaller checkered or solid shirts, and virtually any suit pattern.

As I have mentioned in previous articles on matching ties to suits and shirts, when it comes to pattern , proportion is absolutely critical. Hence, the spacing of your pattern on your tie should contrast significantly with the spacing of the pattern on your suit and shirt.

Therefore, a polka dot tie may not go particularly well against a window pane shirt (larger checks with larger spaced polka dots), but will pair perfectly well with a finely striped shirt or smaller checkered shirt. In summary, a polka dot tie will pair well with the following shirt patterns:

Solid Shirts– Given that solid shirts are the most versatile shirts in a man’s wardrobe, a polka dot silk tie will pair perfectly with any solid shirt, provided that the color scheme is right. More about color theory with regarding to matching ties to suits and shirts can be found here.

Narrow Striped Shirts – Given the wider spacing of a polka dot tie, a narrow striped shirt becomes a natural complement, with the wider spaced polka dots contrasting perfectly with a narrower striped shirt.

Burgundy and White Polka Dot Silk Tie

Smaller Checkered Shirts – Similar to the case above, the wider spacing of a polka dot tie (along with the fact that it is a completely different type of pattern), contrasts well with the smaller checkered shirts.

When to wear a Polka Dot Tie

So when can one wear a polka dot tie? Barring the most formal of occasions, a polka dot silk tie can be worn in virtually any setting. Whether it be work, a wedding reception or on a night out, this tie will make you look the part. What is of importance is choosing the right color for the right occasion.

Work Related Events – Whether you are wearing your tie for daily work, an important meeting or a presentation, a burgundy, grey or blue polka dot silk tie will help build a sense of trust and affinity, both of which are extremely important in a professional setting!

Burgundy Polka Dot Tie

Cocktail / Wedding Reception – While the above colors such as blue, grey and burgundy can work in a formal but social environment, you can also choose to experiment more with color and opt for a lilac, yellow or green polka dot silk tie! If it is a Spring or Summer Wedding, a lilac, pink or light blue polka dot silk tie could work, whereas a mustard yellow or green polka dot silk tie would be an ideal complement for a Fall or Winter Season Wedding.

Casual – When out during the day on the weekends or an evening out with friends, virtually and colored polka dot tie will work with your ensembles, whether it be a suit, a pair of chinos with a shirt or just your shirt and trousers. What will be of paramount importance is that your polka dot silk tie is color coordinated with the rest of your ensemble. As a general rule of thumb, a red, pink, burgundy or navy tie will go best with a blue shirt, while a blue, or grey tie will work with a pink shirt. You can learn more about color coordination with our article: “How to Match Ties to your Suits and Shirts.”

An alternative to the silk polka dot tie is the knitted silk polka dot tie, which has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years. With the aesthetic (square ends of ties) and textural variation (knitted fabric) that comes with knitted silk ties, a polka dot knitted silk tie will look ideal when on an evening out or on a date night!

To view our range of Polka Dot Silk Ties that will seriously elevate your dapper game, please click here.

Burgundy Polka Dot Knit Tie

Pin Dot Ties

The smaller variant (younger brother) of the Polka Dot Tie, the pin dot tie is also a welcome addition to any gentleman’s formal wear wardrobe. In contrast to polka dot silk ties, pin dot silk ties comprise of a narrowly spaced dotted tie pattern. Pin Dot Ties are generally considered more formal than polka dot silk ties, and will work virtually in any setting.

So what shirts will work with a pin dot tie. In general, shirts with larger spaced patterns will contrast well with the narrower spacing of a pin dot tie.

Solid Shirts – Given the versatility of solid shirts, a pin dot tie will pair perfectly with any solid shirt, given that the ties are color coordinated. You can read more about color coordinating shirt and tie combinations here.

Wider Striped Shirts – The spacing of a wider striped shirt will perfectly complement the narrower spacing of a pin dot tie. This is in contrast to the polka dot tie example (where wider spaced polka dot ties pair well with narrower striped shirts).

Larger Checkered / Windowpane Shirts – The larger spacing of a larger checkered / windowpane shirt will also contrast well with the narrower spacing of a pin dot tie.

To view our range of Pin Dot Silk Ties, that will make you look exceptionally smart, please click here!

And that's a wrap for this one! I hope that you have enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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