Summer may be the toughest season to pick out formalwear for; it’s hot, traditional colors are too dull for this time of year, and there’s so many options available. In the following style guide, we show you where to start with the 8 tie styles you need to have, plus other clothes and accessories to pair them with. Get ready for a fun, fashionable summer 2k17 with our necktie style suggestions!
Many debate whether or not the skinny tie is a good go-to, but you should definitely have a few in your summer wardrobe. This is an extremely versatile tie that can fit a number of occasions, and can help you to look formal and mature while not too stuffy. As long as you wear it with a smaller collar and small lapels, a slim tie can be a great statement. For summertime, we recommend a coral or navy, but have fun with it and pick any color that works with what you have.
Featured tie: Tie Bar Herringbone Vow in Coral
Pair with: Tallia Slim Fit Blue Suit
A trend that started in Italy, knit ties can be a great statement piece to bring your look from formal to something a little more relaxed. We don’t advise a synthetic material like polyester, as these ties are too plastic and artificial. The point of a knit tie is that it has life to it, so pick a material with more personality like wool or linen.
Featured tie: Tie Bar Scramble Knit Polkas in Blue
Pair with: Brooks Brothers Sharkskin Suit Jacket
Be careful with this one; paisley can either be a bold yet tasteful pattern or make you look like a sideshow clown. Pick a tie that’s only one or two colors, and don’t be afraid to stick with a muted design. That being said, as long as it’s not disaster of clashing colors, a brighter paisley can work with a navy, gray or tan suit quite well.
Featured tie: Canali Paisley Silk Tie in Purple
Pair with: Brooks Brothers Regent Purple Dress Shirt
This is one of our favorites. A great look for summer 2017, floral ties can make you the most interesting man in the room. Try one of these with a solid shirt and a light gray suit and it will look fantastic. These ties can complement a darker suit as well, relaxing the overall outfit and making it more fit for the summer. Play around with this design; florals are for fun, after all!
Featured tie: 1901 Floral Print Cotton Tie
Pair with: Lovely Lapels Red Microfiber Rose
Ah, seersucker; the official pattern of seaside prepsters around the country. Jokes aside, this is a great look for a summer wedding or a beach-side event. Pink and blue are two colors that work very well with this design; maybe try one for the shirt or suit and one for the tie itself. If you’re feeling bold, go all seersucker with this suggested look!
Featured tie: Tie Bar Seersucker in Pink
Pair with: Stafford Blue and White Seersucker Jacket
Linen ties are great for when you want to introduce texture to your look. Everyone wants a tie with character, and a quality linen tie will certainly deliver. This material looks great in a solid or even with stripes, as with the tie we’ve chosen. The subtle definition of this fabric allows you to look formal in your outfit while still bringing character and charm upon closer look.
Featured tie: Tie Bar RSVP Stripe in Azalea
Pair with: Ralph Lauren Purple Slim Fit Shirt
This is another one to be careful with. A lot of men are two quick to grab cheesy ties with a repeating, cartoony pattern. Having a novelty tie or two isn’t a crime, but for when you want to look sophisticated, go with something subtler. This derby tie works great with both darker and lighter suits, and is a good go-to for anything from a summer block party to the Kentucky Derby itself. When going with an emblematic, make sure the rest of your outfit isn’t too busy.
Featured tie: Tie Bar Horse Racing in Emerald Green
Pair with: Clark’s Melshire Wing Shoe in Cognac Leather
Madras is a unique look that’s great to break out every now and again. For summer, try going with a brighter colored design; if you go to dark, it’ll look more like a fall or winter outfit. We’re huge fans of patchwork designs like the Mystic tie shown above. A good madras tie can go with almost any summer suit, so this is definitely one to nab for your wardrobe.
Featured tie: Just Madras Patchwork Madras Tie in Mystic
Pair with: Skagen Ancher Brown Leather Band Watch
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