Buying a Tie
Try on the tie and make sure it ties a knot well.
The best material for ties are either silk or a polyester and silk blend.
The inside of a tie should be lined with stiff material to give shape to the body.
Standard neckties range in lengths from 52 to 58 inches, if you are a real tall guy, you may need to custom order a longer tie.
If you are going to buy a tie for a suit you already own, bring it with you when shopping for it to make sure that it matches your suit.
The lining of a tie hold its shape. High quality ties are lined with either 100% wool or some sort of wool mixture. A higher percentage of wool means higher quality.
High quality ties are cut across the fabric (cut on the bias), this allows the tie to fall straight without curling after being knotted . To test for this, loop the tie on your hand and see if it begins to twirl in the air, if it doesn't then it's a high quality tie.
Inspect the tie closely and carefully look for loose threads and miss-weaves.
As with most things, the more you spend, the higher the quality.
If a silk tie feels rough to the touch, that means the silk is of inferior quality.
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