There are many thousands of tie designs to choose from, which may leave you slightly perplexed when choosing a new tie for yourself or as a gift for someone else. There are myriad of tie designs available, but several designs are now regarded as classic, having stood the test of time and always look fashionable and stylish.
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.
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. The plaid designs may involve two basic colours or several colours which compliment each other.
Many of the new designs that we can buy today have evolved from the designs of classic ties and they are often based on these classic themes.