Dressing the Neck: The Eleven Looks Every Man Should Own

(Images: Tommy Ton for GQ and used without permission. Let me know….)

I’ve had the luxury of scanning through the GQ website this week. Much more interesting than the magazine these days, especially Tommy Ton’s street style shots of men in NYC and Milan. The images above really jumped out at me for two reasons: the cut of clothing and the choice of how to dress the neck.

In terms of choices, we are living in a golden age of menswear. We can choose to put on the dog or go casual (and we’re all dressing a little better than we have to by now, aren’t we?) The two looks are illustrated above. Thinking of my Friday kit, I glanced into the closet at my wall of ties and was for the moment, completely nonplussed. Does anyone these days need three hundred ties? Especially in varying widths of 2 1/2″ to 3 7/8″?

So I’ve decided to pass along an idea: a capsule wardrobe of neckwear as t’were. If I had to leave the country suddenly, here are my choices. (All four-in-hand ties would be roughly 3 3/10 ” or 8.5 cm wide.)

1) A silk knit tie in either black or navy blue.

2) A silver-grey tie in a Prince of Wales or houndstooth pattern.

3) A regimental or school stripe.

4) A solid navy silk grenadine.

5) One bright tie for day wear when you’ve a spring in your step. It might be yellow, pink, electric blue, lime green or a combination of all of those.

6) A deep purple tie to wear with a navy suit in the evening.

7) A navy and white spotted tie.

8 ) A formal black, grosgrain bow tie.

9) A colourful bow tie.

10) A navy and white spotted silk scarf.

And yes, this one goes up to eleven. A neckerchief in either red and white or midnight blue and grey-blue spots.

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