January 17, 2013

Style Feature: The Wool Tie

Bringing seasonal accessories like a wool tie into your wardrobe is a great way to step up your style, but not all wool ties are created equal. Different wool to silk ratios can give you a wide variety of appearances, making it easy to pair with any look.

1. Check

The more wool a tie contains (80% in this case) the easier it is to pair with a casual look. While more refined, the wool in this tie still has some of the natural texturing that makes wool distinctive.

Extra Tip : Pairing colors that share the same family, like teal and purple, is a great way to make your look pop.

Extra Tip II : A wool pocket square gives you another opportunity to introduce some seasonal color and helps balance the tie.

Tie by Ben Sherman; Jacket by C'N'C Costume National;
Denim, boots, and bag by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Shirt by Uniqlo; Scarf by Tallia; Tie bar by Link Up;
Pocket square by Goods for Life

2. Solid

A moderate wool content combined with a rougher fiber will bring some texture to any office wardrobe. This tie is 68% wool and 32% silk, but the herringbone pattern makes it seem a lot heavier.

Extra Tip : When your outfit contains a lot of bright color, like these garment dyed chinos, a solid tie in a neutral color can help keep your look grounded.

Tie by Penguin; Jacket and shoes by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Shirt by Charles Tyrwhitt; Chinos by Ted Baker;
Gloves by The Men's Store at Bloomingdales;
Scarf by Psycho Bunny; Tie bar by Link Up;
Belt by Brooks Brothers; Laces by Allen Edmonds;
Socks by Corgi; Sunglasses by Alexander McQueen

3. Plaid

A heavier wool trouser can weigh your look down, which is why a higher silk content can keep you looking seasonal but with a little more business polish. This tie is only 18% wool and the light sheen that the silk brings to the mix makes sure you are ready for any meeting.

Extra Tip : Don’t be afraid of damaged goods. I bought this jacket as part of a suit for ridiculously cheap. The pants were beyond saving, but now I have an incredibly well-made jacket for a fraction of the retail price.

Tie by Penguin; Jacket by Lanvin; Sweater by The Men's
Store at Bloomingdales; Shirt by Brooks Brothers;
Pants by Express Studio; Shoes by Johnston & Murphy;
Socks by Corgi; Pocket square by Salvatore Ferragamo

Seasonal ties  wool in the fall and winter, cotton or linen in the spring and summer  are becoming easier to find. If you don’t have any in your closet, they are a nice addition that can help set you apart from the crowd. The key to seasonal pieces is being selective in choosing pieces that enhance your existing wardrobe. Remember, style is in the details.

Stay stylish,
- JJ


  1. What's with the earrings??

    Chris Fields

    1. The 'earrings' are actually gauged plugs. They may not be to everyone's liking, but they are a part of my personal style, just like my tattoos. That is the beauty of style, it can be something that is a personal expression. Thanks for reading!

      - JJ