How to buy, care for and clean a Silk Tie

Published: 10th June 2006
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Dress for Success:
Few clothing accessories denote style and luxury as a silk tie. Silk Ties add a special sheen to a mans suit and provide both visual interest and personal expression. Other materials are used in the manufacturing of ties but silk has a built in cache of expense and glamour. Richer dyes are often used to colour ties, and fashion experts often coordinate tailored suits with boldly coloured silk ties for effect.

Business fashion experts say the choice of tie can reflect the wearers personality. Silk ties are produced in very bold colour schemes and patterns which imply power or security. These ties can also be coordinated with dress shirts to give the impression of organisation and personal neatness.

Silk can be printed or woven. Woven silk tends to be thicker and you will often see a fabric weave running through it.

How to clean a Silk Tie:
Act immediately
Resist the temptation to expose a silk tie to water
Use a white paper towel to dab a small amount of stain remover onto the stain
Blot with the paper towel.
Have the tie professionally dry-cleaned if you haven't gotten rid of the stain.
Care and Storage:

Treat your ties with a specialised fabric protection spray before wearing them.
Avoid tie-threatening situations such as open soup bowls, ketchup or mustard packets and babies.
Loosely roll ties to store them, rather than hanging them. Tie rolls should be loose to avoid wrinkling, hanging ties can leave creases.
Buying the Right Tie:

First need a quality tie made up of 100% pure silk. It is generally suggested that you should wear a plain coloured non-distracting tie with your suit e.g. in dark red or dark blue colour.
A crooked tie projects a sloppy look and says the same about the skills and abilities. It's important to focus on the tie knot as well.

Buy a quality conservative 100% pure silk tie.
Practice how to tie the four in hand tie knot and make sure that the ties widest end is roughly at the upper edge of your belt.
Use a tie bar to attach your tie to your dress shirt.
Wearing a quality silk tie properly tied and fastened is probably the fastest way to improve the overall appearance.

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