Tie Guide – Which width is for you?

The current trend for the width of ties is anywhere between 2.25″ – 3.25″. Deciding which width is right for you comes down to a few main factors like body type, lapel size, etc.  See below to find out where you fit in.

Body Type

Slim Men 

  • Tie width of 2.25″ – 2.75″ looks best on you
  • You naturally have a smaller chest area with a narrower torso

Average & Athletic Men 

  • Tie width of 2.25″ – 3.25″ looks best on you
  • You have wider shoulders, chest, arms and an average torso
  • You are V-shaped from the shoulders to the waist

Broad & Sturdy/Large Men

  • Tie width of 2.75″ – 3.25″ looks best on you
  • You have a wider chest and wider shoulders
  • You may a bigger stomach

Lapel Width

  • Match your tie width to your lapel width for the best looking option on you

Tie Style

Remember: Do not wear a super-skinny tie with a double-breasted jacket even if the lapel width is the same!

Tie Length

Boys: 48″

Regular: 58″

Extra : 63″

Tie End

  • A narrower tie: The tip should land in the middle or top of your belt
  • A wider tie: The tip should touch the belt buckle or right at your waistband

Made Of

  • Silk: The best material for year-round
  • Cotton: Excellent for the warmer months
  • Wool: Perfect for the cooler, winter months

Shirt & Tie Combos

  • Patterns: If you choose to wear a bold tie then go with a plain or very subtle patterned shirt
  • Colours and Contrast: There are many ways to create contrast between your tie and shirt. Think about the colour wheel, if you pick a single colour you can accessorize easily with its similar neighbouring colours. For a complimentary colour look use the colours that are opposite of each other. This is recommended for the skilled dresser as it is one of the more difficult skills to learn. Contrasting colours typically have three colours between them on the wheel. You’re working with hues of colours
  • Tip: If you start with a neutral or light-coloured base it is easier to pair with coloured items like your tie

Remember: Avoid mixing and matching three patterns together