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.
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.
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.
Solid black ties are suitable for every formal occasion, and a tried-and-true, fail-safe option for weddings.
Add character to your look by opting for
a pin dot print – a smarter and more subtle version of the polka dot.
A great option in autumn and winter, the fabric’s thicker texture matches a heavier-weight suit nicely.
This is a very traditional tie pattern, so go for a narrow cut to avoid looking dated.