How to pick a tie for an interview

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“A picture speaks a thousand words.”  We have all heard and experienced the truth of that statement.

What if I were to say,

“A tie speaks more than a thousand words.”

Why is the tie so important?  It is the first thing to be noticed.
Back in the days, power suits were stiff and boxy, made to project conservatism and authority.
In the current scenario, however, suits are made of lighter weight fabrics, and the slimmer, leaner fits allow for a perfect drape to the body. The shoulders are closer to your actually physical form, the lapels are thinner and sharper. They lend flexibility, openness, and efficiency to your body language. It’s always a good idea to consider your body type when shopping for a suit; in such a case, the tie is the anchoring force, that adds credibility and seriousness.neck_tie

Consider the nature of the job

Navy blue and red ties are time tested to convey the perfect mix of trustworthiness and energy. There’s a reason why most high office holders and candidates are often in those colors. However, that does not mean that you are doomed to those two colors for your work life. If you are applying for a creativity dominated position, such as in advertising, you have much more leeway with colors and patterns. Having a navy element is always a good idea though, when seeking new positions.

The contrast connection

Your complexion may be low, medium or high contrast, which is the degree of contrast between your skin tone and hair. As a starting point, try to have a similar amount of contrast in your overall attire. Ties with colors from the opposite side of the color wheel are great for high contrast and bright clear skin tones, and similarly, low contrast faces look best in colors from closer color palettes.

Dress shirts

First, pick the shirt

The shirt is the backdrop of your accent piece. It should help the tie to stand out, not compete with it. A solid shirt with a solid or striped tie is almost always a safe bet, but it’s certainly acceptable to consider striped, plaid, or patterned shirts as well. When matching a tie with a shirt, find complimentary colors, scale the patterns, and match the width of tie to width of collar. A rule of thumb is that the tie should be darker than the shirt, in most work cultures.

All rules are guidelines
There is a lot of dressing advice out there, but consider all tips as helpful starter guides. Use them to navigate through the many options, browse local suit stores, observe people, on TV, in magazines, around you, whose style appeal to you and pretty soon you’ll be ready to dive head first into the ocean of ties out there!

Once you have picked the perfect tie, it’s time to learn how to tie a tie.

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