The men's fashion weeks just held in Milan and Paris unleashed a serious struggle for men's necks. Scarves and shawls are advancing with might and main, but ties do not give up fashionable positions either, skillfully maneuvering with color, size, patterns. Izvestia columnist Lydia Shamina talks about how to choose and tie a fashionable tie, how to handle scarves and scarves. Choose your tone Observing a few simple rules will help you easily join the dandy clan. So, ties with a pattern can only be worn with plain shirts, plain ties - with checkered or striped shirts (it is important that the color of the tie matches the color of the stripes). A dark suit and a dark shirt require a tie one tone lighter than the suit, a light shirt with a dark suit - a dark tie, matching the suit.The best background for a light tie in small drawing is a black suit and a white shirt. A tie of the correct width is in proportion to the shoulders and lapels of the jacket: the wider the shoulders and lapels, the wider the tie - and vice versa.
A wide tie with horizontal stripes gives a fuller figure. Ties with large knots, a clear geometric pattern are suitable for large men. Small stature and correct addition require a tie in a small pattern, horizontal stripes are excluded, the best option in this case is a plain tie.
Peas and cucumbers A scarf, an alternative to a tie, is good because it looks equally harmonious with both a classic business suit and a loose knitted cardigan and a leather jacket. A neckerchief, by definition, gives an elegantly casual look, for which intellectuals love it so much, and those who want to appear as such will always prefer a scarf to a tie.
The correct scarf is never plain or striped, it has a small pattern (the classic is again an Indian "cucumber", as well as small peas). It is best to prefer a scarf made of pure silk: this material creates a feeling of comfort, allows you to make a beautiful knot. The classic way of tying a scarf is reminiscent of the familiar pioneer tie-tying technique. However, today a new technique is in vogue: a neckerchief should be rolled into a ribbon 5-6 cm wide and wrapped around the neck, and the ends should be tied with a small double knot in a conspicuous place, preferably slightly in front and on the side.
Broad soul? "Better less, but better" - said absolutely about the ties of an elegant man. That is, the smaller the drawing, the calmer the color and the more precisely the width, the more likely it is to look comme il faut in any setting.
Win-win classic options: a single-color tie, or in a narrow strip, or with a small pattern, the classic of which is the Indian "cucumber" -paisley.
The most fashionable tie width is 9-10.5 cm. However, a classic business suit has strict requirements: 6-7 cm, no more.
The loose style assumes colorful ties with a width of 3-4 fingers. When tying a tie, it should be remembered that you should not either tighten the knot too much, which contradicts the concept of elegance, and leave it loose - this gives a sloppy look. The wide, outer end of the tie should be much longer than the bottom, inner end. A properly tied tie should barely cover the belt of the trousers - "slightly lower" or "slightly higher" is excluded.
We play on a scarf No designer or stylist will give a direct answer to the question of which is more fashionable - a tie, a scarf or a neckerchief: men's fashion is becoming more relaxed and diversified in details.
On the one hand, a classic office suit is unthinkable without a tie, and here variations in width, color and texture are still unacceptable. Although Tony Blair's pink tie shows: even in prim Britain, extravagance is quite permissible at the official level. The evening version of a fashionable tie this season is narrower than the usual one - 7-11 cm wide, monochromatic, fashionable colors - black and red.
On the other hand, there is a fashionable trend - ties are increasingly being replaced by scarves. Narrow and short, made of dense material, they are tied with a bow directly under the collar. Long and thin, made of silk or muslin, denser, made of taffeta, with tassels, pleated or crumpled fabric, it is fashionable to wear scarves “in free flight” with the ends hanging below the knees, tied with a casual knot at the level of the chest or waist, as well as a spectacular loop or a longer end to be freely thrown over the shoulder and put on under a jacket directly on the naked body - this is how a scarf becomes an alternative to both a tie and a shirt.
PRACTICE Doesn't wrinkle from the classics
There are two main ways to tie a tie: the classic knot and the windsor knot. The main advantage of the classic knot is its versatility: it allows you to tie a knot tight enough to avoid wrinkles and folds under it, fits a tie made of any material - even silk or wool, as well as collars of all shapes, from narrow and long to wide " cut off ". The peculiarity of the classic knot is that visually it significantly lengthens the neck.
The Windsor's Cunning The Windsor Knot owes its name to the Duke of Windsor, the most stylish gentleman in the British court. This knot is emphatically symmetrical, wider than high. Its main styling feature is the small, neat folds under the knot. The Windsor knot is tricky: it visually shortens the neck noticeably.>