Tied Up in 2011

A new year is upon us and, as the proverbial motto goes, ‘in with the new sartorial habit and out with the old’. Single-handedly one of the most important accessories for men, a tie says a lot about who you are as a person as much as it enhances your outfit. Wear the wrong tie and, well, you’ll be tied up with a slew of questions from the fashion mafia.

With a myriad of ties that saturate menswear each and every new season, what’s a fashionisto to do? Fret not, stylish one! The art of choosing which tie will suit you and your outfit is as easy as the choice between dry-cleaning a made-to-measure suit and putting it in the wash machine. If you chose the latter, I suggest you go to the nearest bookstore and immediately purchase a copy of the latest GQ or Esquire, for fear that you’ll be forever excommunicated by the fashion kingdom. But, we digress. As retailers and magazines alike all start to churn out the latest and greatest from the Spring/Summer 2011 season, FASHIONOTES has compiled a list of the top 5 groups of men and what ties they should be sporting this upcoming season. Read on and, please, whatever you do, don’t get tied up this 2011 with your questionable choices in ties!

All about Business

So you’re more of the 9 to 5, “I get paid to play God with other people’s money” type of guy. The man who’s as conservative in his personal life as he is in his style of dress. This spring, throw out those musty, solid-black and blue ties and go forth with a pop of color and pattern. Opt for these ‘power ties’ to go with that ‘power suit’ of yours.

Tiny Stars Silk Tie by Brioni – $195 at Bergdorf Goodman

Circle-Paisely Tie by Charvet – $195 at Bergdorf Goodman

Tie in heavy silk by Hermès – $180 at Hermès

The Preppy Prepster

Dreaming of white picket fences and looking oh-so-put-together? Are you a bit prep and a little hip? Well then my fellow prepsters, this spring 2011 continues to be another amazing year of the prep! Rejoice in this season’s choices of ties that are an ode to the New England/Hampton’s do-goodness. Pair the following with your micro-check shirts, colored chinos and Weejun loafers.

Sudbury Bar-Stripe Tie by Polo Ralph Lauren – $115 at Ralph Lauren

Silk Embroidered Tie by Band of Outsiders – $145 at LuisAviaroma.com

Chambray Tie by The Hill-side – $83 at J. Crew


Always fabulously dressed to the nines, you float like a dandy and sting with your style. You consider Cary Grant and Oscar Wilde your style equivalents. Luxury and opulence are your favorite words when you don exquisitely tailored suits with colored socks to match. You don’t follow trends- you set them! For 2011, opt for the following dandy must-haves to go with your two-toned, collared button up and brogues.

Pin Pricked Silk Backpack by Lanvin – $95 at LuisAviaroma.com

Flower Pattern Tie by Etro – $150 at Harry Rosen

Interlocked Gancini Printed Tie by Salvatore Ferragamo – $160 at Salvatore Ferragamo

Man about town

Who ever said that a man couldn’t wear a tie outside of the office or gala? Be fearless and show them how it’s done this Spring 2011 with the ties below. Pair them with a dark denim button up, or this season’s reinterpretation of the baseball jacket. If you’re feeling a little bad-ass, try a tie with a leather jacket. Look cool and calm this season. Kapow!

Handmade Gingham Cotton Seersucker Bow-tie by Alexander Olch – $105 at Alexander Olch

Blue & Green Tattersall by David Hart & Co. – $115 at David Hart & Co.

Multi Plaid Tie by Mark McNairy New Amsterdam – $78 at Mark McNairy New Amsterdam

All dressed up and somewhere to go

Just snagged that exclusive invite to that secret after-party during the Oscars? Planning on walking the red carpet at the Met Ball this year? Not without the proper neckwear, you’re not! Opt for the following accepted forms of neck attire to pair with that killer tux of yours. Only the finest will do!

Silk Bow Tie with Diamond & Dots Detail by Browns – $90 at Browns

Satin Cream Tie by Stefano Ricci – $180 at Bergdorf Goodman

Flora Forest Bow Tie by Duchamp – $130 at Selfridges & Co.

  • Becky

    amazing illustration!!!