The Ultimate Tie Guide Glossary

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Has shopping for a tie become as complex as getting your designer coffee lingo right at Starbuck’s? We have created an all you need to know resource which will enable you to easily partake in witty tie banter and actually know what you’re talking about.

Here goes nothing!


Sizes and Widths

The Skinny:

As per the name, the skinny tie is cut slimmer and straighter than the standard traditional tie. The width of our skinny tie ranges from 2.75″ to 3″.

Skinny ties are great for the fashion-conscious and looks great with dress shirts, sports shirts, fitted suits and sports coats.


The Standard/ Business:

Our Business collection is made up of designs perfect for the corporate world. The width of our business tie is 3 1/4″. The business tie pairs well with classic dress shirts, sports-coats and suits.


The Tall:

All of our ties are available in 2 lengths, 58” and 63”. We refer to the 63” inch body as a “tall tie”. This added length allows a more proportionate look for those who are taller, or broader.


Self Tying Bow Tie/ Pre-Tied Bow Tie:

For the always, affable bow tie, we offer 2 formats.

1- Pre-tied which comes all set and easy to throw on in a jiffy. These bows are all tied and secured on with metal hook.

2- Self-tying bowties must be tied on, which allows for a personal touch and technique.




These ties are great for a conservative clean look as they are only made up of one singular color. A tonal tie is composed of different shades all in the same hue, whereas a solid is one shade only through and through.



This sort of print is a repeat pattern. The repeating design can be flowers, geometric shapes (lozenges, diamonds, etc.), dots or isolated paisley shapes called “pines.” The color of the tie is the strongest element and stands out the most, whereas the “texture” of the repeating pattern is just that. Neat ties incorporate a pattern which adds a texture so the tie is not a solid, but the pattern is also discreet and doesn’t takeover the design of the tie.



A Check or Plaid Pattern consists of checkered patterns formed by overlaying stripes.  This is a great tie for a less formal or casual purpose or to achieve that preppy look.  A plaid tie during the winter season can look great with a heavier wool blazer, or fantastic during the summer with a cotton jacket.



The story behind the striped tie dates back to 1880 when the English army decided to wear a necktie with their regimental colors, and the regimental tie was born. Up to this point the British Regimental tie are one of the most classic striped necktie designs with stripes descended from right to left; the opposite is true of the American Regimental tie whose stripes descend from left to right.

The University Striped tie or also known as The Club tie has a pattern of diagonal stripes in equal size.  Every stripe is the same size, but generally every other stripe is often in Navy.

The Repp Striped tie is a weave and not a pattern.  A repp weave is a subtly raised creating a ribbing, or texture which then a pattern of stripes is woven into.  The repp necktie is more about weight and feel, though it creates a fantastic depth to the finished tie.



The Paisley tie is a droplet shaped motif of Persian origin. The name Paisley derives from the West Scotland town of Paisley where the print was first created.  The “pines” resemble twisted teardrops, which are great for many variations of paisley prints. Paisley’s make a great contrasting piece in your ensemble as this print is rarely incorporated in suits or shirts.