A solid colour plain tie, without pattern, is regarded as a classic tie due to its versatility when matching it with shirts and suits, obviously the suitability will depend on the chosen colour combinations, but it will generally match any suit or shirt whatever the design or pattern. A solid colour tie is always a good choice if you are unsure about pattern and will be suitable for most occasions.
A tie is basically the centrepiece of a mans outfit and should be chosen with some thought. There are size, colour and style issues that need to be considered, as well as a knowledge of what is already in your cupboard that will work well with the tie.
You must always start off by looking for a tie that is the corrent size. How tall you are is the most important factor. For men who are a little taller, the tie will obviously need to have some extra length. A width of 8-9cm is fairly standard and will never go out of fashion. If the tie is to be worn with a particular suit, the best option is to have the suit with you, either being worn or in a suit bag. This will let you perfectly match the length and colour with the suit jacket. If you will often be wearing the tie with no jacket on, or a sports jacket, the pants become a more important consideration. Especially where the tie is slightly more expensive, quickly scan for any defects - poor weaving, loose threads, discolouration etc. The more important the occasion on which the tie will be worn, the better off you are to go with something made of silk or a silk blend. If the tie will be worn to meetings of importance, quality is the factor that has the most importance. Its always good to have one or two of these ties tucked away somewhere for certain occasions, but as a general rule cartoons and pictures should be outlawed.
Stripped ties have always been popular with the military and with school ties, such ties often have an individual crest, although often associated with institutions in Britain, striped designs have less significance in other countries and have been popular for generations, they are suitable for most occasions, the general rule is to wear them with a plain rather than a patterned shirt.
Paisley ties have been worn for many years, the original tear droplet-shaped
design believed to have its origins in India or even date back to the Babylonians. Paisley is still popular today and can be worn for any occasion, but moderation in pattern size ensures a more subtle look for formal wear.
The dotted or spotted tie is also a very early design that has prevailed, often known as the polka dot, the generally smaller the dots can be worn formally and can give extra colour variation, ties with small dots can easily be worn for business, where larger dots are usually associated with more casual wear.
Geometric designs have always been popular and can be based on small or larger patterns that run consistently through the tie. Popular examples of geometric ties are diamond and square shaped patterns, and they can generate both formal and abstract appearances. While some designs are more subtle and can be worn formally, other geometric designs are more informal and garish, think carefully before wearing some designs to the office.
Plaid designs are based on lines crossing over each other to create different deigns based on the thickness and proximity to each other. As the lines cross at right angles they usually forming box shapes, but the pattern variation is endless.