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A Stable of Seasonally Appropriate Ties

Like hot toddies in January and juleps in June, your neckwear collection should fit—not fight—with the weather outside.

Aside from the fact that you’ll arrive half-frozen, there’s a very good reason you won’t be wearing your bright blue linen suit to a mid-winter soiree: It just doesn’t look right. Regardless—or quite possibly because—of their practical associations, certain fabrics and colors simply don’t seem at home in certain climes. And seeing as a tie is pretty much defined by the cloth it’s cut from, well… you can see where we’re going with this. Once you’ve got a few year-round silk options, you need to build out a collection of neckwear that’ll let you embrace the season.

In the colder months, that means wools, flannels, tweeds, and the like. Anything that’s heavy on texture is a good bet, since it’ll play well with the weightier clothing you’ll be sporting. And though you should stay away from robin’s egg blue or any of it’s pastel compatriots, you can still work some color into the mix. Try burnt orange, burgundy, or hunter green. And don’t fear patterns—tartans, Fair Isle, herringbone, and gun club checks are all great options to keep things lively.

When the warmer weather rolls around, you’re going to want to lighten up—both figuratively and literally. Switch the heavyweight stuff for breezier cloths like cotton, seersucker, and linen, or go with a nubby raw silk number if you don’t want to lose too much texture. Remember that robin’s egg that you eschewed in favor of darker shades last winter? Now’s the time for it. Likewise for lavender, mint green, and all their friends. And though knit ties are an all-season kind of thing, they really shine when done up in brighter hues or bold stripes.

If you’re feeling unsure of whether something is right for the season, try it on. One look in the mirror, and you’ll know if it works. Much like the first sip of a great cocktail on a hot (or cold) day, it’ll just feel right.

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