Gentlemen, you can wear a regular necktie with your dress shirt if you'd like, but some people prefer to be well dressed. Read on to learn how to buy a high quality tie.
* Fine neckwear is entirely handmade.
* You can find a good quality tie for around $20 or $30, but you can spend $50, $100 or more for the highest quality, brand name and designer ties.
* If a tie is made from a single piece of silk, folded over 7 times, it's been made by a true artisan.
* Every finely made necktie is cut on this bias, to assure that it falls straight after being tied, without curling to a side.
* If not folded 7 times, the silk for a necktie is cut into 3 pieces to include the back, the front, and the neck, allowing it to conform to your neck.
** It should have a stitch joining the two sides on the back, called a bar tack, and applied by hand.
** It should have a slip-stitch, whose end, knotted, can be found loose under the bar tacked area. This stitch gives resilience to the tie and assures that it will fall out to return to its original shape when hung in your closet.
** All ties, except 7 fold neckties, are lined to provide the proper weight for the tie, so that it knots perfectly.
** With some silk, a heavier lining is needed to accomplish this; with other silks, it is quite the opposite.
** Sometimes makers of lesser ties will attempt to pass them off as quality materials by adding a thick lining, as an uneducated consumer might think the thickness of the tie indicates the quality of the outer silk.
** Fine linings today are made of wool, whose weight is denoted by gold bars.
* Some of the better (and more expensive) brands of ties are:
** Armani Collezioni
** Ermenegildo Zegna
** Giorgio Armani
** Hugo Boss
** Paul Smith
** Polo Ralph Lauren
** Salvatore Ferragamo
** Vineyard Vines
* If you don't need to quite that fancy you can try these brands:
** Tommy Hilfigger
** Perry Ellis
** Club Room
** Geoffrey Beene
** Michael Kors
** Jerry Garcia
** Joseph Abboud
** Van Heusen