How to Choose Ties for Women

Laura Tolentino

Tie wearing doesn’t have to be intimidating business attire; take inspiration from Patti Smith and Avril Lavigne and use your tie as an eye-catching punk-rock accessory, pairing it with skirts and fishnets.

Pussy bows add an elegant flair to a button down shirt look, so learn how to select the most suitable color and pattern combinations for you.


Color plays an essential part in choosing a tie; its hue can convey information about your personality and attitudes to those you come into contact with. Red ties, for instance, often depict dominance and confidence when worn by business executives and politicians.

However, there is a variety of colors to select from and you should pick a tie that best matches your personal style. For instance, yellow ties work particularly well when worn with earth tones such as brown slacks and a tweed jacket, or with white shirt and blazer combinations.

Blue is another fantastic hue to choose for ties. It is considered a safe color as its associations with ocean and sky imagery help people relax and trusting one another more quickly. Lighter hues work well with gray suits and dark blue shirts while darker tones of blue should be reserved for navy suits.

Another popular color choice among women looking to make an impressionful statement, purple is often associated with royalty and conveys feelings of wealth and luxury. Wearing purple can set yourself apart from the crowd and leave an everlasting impression! This choice may help women make themselves remembered.

Teal is another eye-catching hue that can help make an impressionful statement. It pairs perfectly with both black and blue suits, but looks especially striking when worn with gray suits. Wearing this bold shade may prove challenging however; therefore it is essential that the right tie, shirt and suit combination be selected before trying on this ensemble.

To achieve a more conservative look, consider pairing it with either black or dark gray ties. They pair nicely with most shirt colors and suit hues allowing you to try various combinations until finding what works for you.

If you prefer more casual looks, try wearing a brown tie. This color conveys that you are reliable and trustworthy while showing that you are willing to take risks. For something bolder and daringer, orange can show that you are enthusiastic and open-minded.

Add a pussy bow for an instantly more stylish look! These classic ties, dating back to the early 1900s, have recently seen a revival. Wear one with either your formal dress or power suit; for added flair combine it with other accessories like crochet hats or beaded bags to further elevate the ensemble.


Women’s ties come in an assortment of patterns. You may prefer stripes, checks or foulard patterns; floral or paisley designs; icons from popular culture or holidays images; flashy light-up backing ties are even available! Which tie you select depends upon both your wardrobe and the event for which it will be worn; for example a small floral design works well in casual settings while more formal styles such as paisley might be better suited for special events or weddings.

Fabric choice for your tie is equally essential. Woven silk ties in wool or grenadine work well for most business and smart casual settings (wool being slightly more formal while grenadine more relaxed), adding an air of sophistication. Go for solids when making an eye-catching statement or patterns when pairing your outfit with one featuring them – both are worth exploring further!

A striped tie is an iconic style and can be worn in multiple situations. While its width and pattern may differ from tie to tie, matching yours to any specific shirt or suit shouldn’t be too difficult. Plus, with plenty of colors in both slim and full sizes available to you can find your ideal tie easily!

Another option for men is a club tie, featuring an attractive motif repeated frequently on an unassuming background. Popular prior to World War II and still highly fashionable today. Plaid ties also make an eye-catching statement and come either in stripe or club tie styles.

Foulard ties feature repeating small-scale symmetrical patterns on a regular grid, which often comprises madder silk (sometimes known as Macclesfield silk), though other materials can also be used. They’re extremely versatile, offering anything from open circles to contemporary geometric grids – there’s sure to be one for you!

If you want something a bit different, opt for a tie with floral or paisley patterns in muted colours. This type of tie can be worn with either an outfit in matching hues, or with white shirt as this won’t clash. However, brightly-colored ties shouldn’t be combined with shirt in clashing hues as this can look too busy or clash.


As for length, that depends entirely on your personal style and body type. A tie should reach your belt or waist band when standing up straight; anything shorter could give an untidy impression.

Tie width should match that of your suit lapel width; however, for an eye-catching statement neckwear piece consider incorporating one with geometric or other creative patterns; such an accessory can make an eye-catching statement at more formal events.

Skinny ties tend to fit slimmer individuals better, while wider ties tend to complement more classic looks. But avoid overdoing it as wearing four-inch wide ties can be unprofessional; in fact, larger ones can even become overpowering for any outfit.

Choose a tie based on the knot you intend to use; for instance, the Windsor knot requires more length than four-in-hand knots. To determine your ideal tie size, start by measuring your neck; this will give you an approximate idea of how wide or skinny your tie should be.

The width of a tie is an essential component in matching it to your jacket and collar/lapels, and vice versa. A wider tie tends to exude more formality while narrower ones exude modern and contemporary vibes.

If you’re uncertain which width to select, opt for a medium width tie – its classic and timeless aesthetic makes it suitable for most occasions and body types.

An appropriate tie length should sit centered over your chest, with its tip (diamond or square) resting against the middle of your belt buckle or waistband. To be certain it fits properly, put on the tie and stand up straight in your natural posture – over time you could hunch over or slouch, leading it to become shorter than intended.


Tie fabrics vary, from silk to nylon and polyester. All three have unique looks but share similar structures; all three fabrics are woven together using “satin weaving,” producing fabric with two surfaces–one shiny, smooth side, and the other dull and matte–woven seamlessly together for weaving purposes.

Consider how you will be wearing your tie when selecting its fabric. For formal settings, invest in one made from high-quality silk as this will ensure no wrinkles or creases form quickly – as well as standing up well against daily use!

If your tie won’t be used for formal events, opt for something more durable. Nylon or polyester ties tend to be less costly than silk options while still proving durable enough. Nylon/polyester blend ties are great alternatives as children’s ties as they can withstand more vigorous play than silk materials.

Not only is material important when selecting a tie; color also matters. Different hues convey distinct emotions and messages – for instance red ties are often worn by politicians to signify power and authority, while blue can indicate professionalism while white typically signals mourning in China and India.

Though once considered inappropriate for female wearers, neckties have become more fashionable over time. Celebrities such as singer Avril Lavigne have been seen sporting them and fashion designers have even integrated this trend into their collections.

In the 19th century, female writers and authors often donned neckties to subvert traditional notions of femininity. Suffragette members also donned them in white collar jobs. More recently, neckties have become symbolic of the #MeToo movement, worn to show solidarity with victims of sexual assault.

Pop culture has raised many questions regarding whether women should wear ties. Of course, the answer is in the affirmative; ties can be worn by both genders as an expression of individual style and personal expression and worn with almost all clothing types – just remember to select an appropriate tie style and be confident with your decisions!