The Ultimate Guide to Neckwear

It’s possibly his biggest chance to make a statement – so how to do it justice? Show Barkers’ neckwear tips to your groom to help him nail his decision.


    Above: Barkers bow ties, $49.99 each; ties, from $69.99 each.

    It’s possibly his biggest chance to make a statement – so how to do it justice? Show Barkers’ neckwear tips to your groom to help him nail his decision.

    Long tie

    You don’t need to trouble yourself with learning how to master a Windsor – you just need to know how to create a Four in Hand knot (aka the most basic of all knots). Take your tie from average to amazing by polishing it off with a taut finish and a deep dimple. When you’ve almost finished tying your tie, pinch just beneath the loose knot with your thumb and tighten to form a smooth crease in the centre.

     Bow tie

    This natty neckpiece has seen a resurgence of late, and is now rocked casually almost as often as it is in a formal setting. No longer reserved for the Steve Urkels or Carlton Banks of this world, the bow tie is a slick, sophisticated way to embrace trends. The classic black option will always look dapper, but going for a print or stripe will bring an element of fun to a traditional suit. 

    Colours/Patterns

    Black tie

    Solid black ties are suitable for every formal occasion, and a tried-and-true, fail-safe option for weddings.

    Pin dot

    Add character to your look by opting for
    a pin dot print – a smarter and more subtle version of the polka dot.

    Wool tie

    A great option in autumn and winter, the fabric’s thicker texture matches a heavier-weight suit nicely.

    Stripe

    This is a very traditional tie pattern, so go for a narrow cut to avoid looking dated.


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