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When and How to Appropriately Wear Your Floral Tie in 2022

April 12, 2020 4 min read

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We officially welcomed spring on March 19, ushering it in one day early thanks to the leap year.

That means it's time to put the heavy, woolen fabrics of winter away for the season and bring out the bright, light accessories in their place.

This includes your floral tie! While they're appropriate year-round, these are especially dapper when buds outside boast matching blooms.

Have one in your closet but unsure how to wear it? Read on. Today, we're sharing how, when and where to debut your floral favorites and be the best-dressed gentleman in any room.

Why wear a floral tie

There are many reasons to incorporate a floral tie into your wardrobe. In a few seconds, they can take your look from flat to fantastic, adding a punch of much-needed color to any ensemble.

Whether you want to spruce up your personal look, stand out at the office, or make a major impression at your next formal event, you can find a tie that fits.

How to wear one

Ideally, a necktie should look effortless. It should help you exude confidence, not give you something to hide behind.

The secret to rocking one the right way? Make sure you're wearing it right. An ill-fitting necktie can ruin even the best party, leaving you pulling at your collar the entire night.

Start by choosing a width.

Today, you can find neckties in myriad widths, from skinny, hipster versions to extra-wide disco styles. The standard range is anywhere between 2.25 inches and 3.25 inches.

There are two considerations to keep in mind when choosing the width of your floral tie:

  • Your suit's lapel
  • Your build

In general, it's best to match your tie width to your suit's lapel. That means slimmer lapels pair best with slim ties, and vice versa. In addition, take your personal build into account.

If you have broad shoulders, a wider tie will help balance your frame. If you're on the slimmer side, a skinny tie can offer a better fit.

Highly Recommended Ties

Here are a few ties that we highly recommend to anyone who likes to wear floral ties or is considering branching out into floral ties.


Why we recommend this tie:

This tie brings the vivacious life of spring to your outfit with hints of multiple colors ranging from different shades of blue to pink.

Pair with the following shirt or suit colors: 

  • red
  • blue
  • grey
a man with a floral tie, tie bar and pocket square
a man with a floral tie, pocket square and lapel pin


Why we recommend this tie:

This tie can be worn in any season, as this tie embodies bold colors for the warmer months but still has a subtle muted tone that could be appreciated in the cooler months.

Pair with the following shirt or suit colors: 

  • red
  • blue
  • green
a man with a floral tie, pocket square and lapel pin
a man with a floral tie, pocket square and lapel pin


Why we recommend this tie:

This tie pairs the colors of red, green and pink together to create a spring and summer time favorite tie that can be worn to celebrations or for date night.

Pair with the following shirt or suit colors: 

  • red
  • blue
  • white
a man with a floral tie, pocket square and lapel pin
a man with a floral tie, pocket square and lapel pin

Now that we've given basic advice on why to wear a floral tie and how to wear one; here's a few floral ties we recommend.

Pieces that compliment a floral tie

Floral print ties make an instant statement. That said, there are some pieces that complement them better than others.

What not to wear

Let's start by taking a look at what not to wear with yours. The short list includes:

  • Tweed
  • A ton of other florals or paisleys
  • Busy patterns

We aren't picking on tweed, but it's a thick fabric that's adorned with various colors and patterns. In other words, it's the traditional country version of floral, which makes it compete against your tie.

The same goes for other florals, paisleys or busy patterns.

Remember: You want your tie to stand out and grab attention. When it's one of a few different eye-catching designs in your outfit, it could easily get lost.

What to wear

Understanding this, what should you wear with your floral tie? Here are a few ideas:

  • Solid-colored shirts and suits
  • Subtle patterns
  • Neutral colors
  • Complementary colors

For the most fashion-forward look, stick to solid or subtly patterned pieces that don't compete at all with your tie. You can make the look even classier by choosing separates in neutral colors or ones that complement the tones in your accessory.

Occassions to Wear Floral Ties

You never want to be all dressed up with nowhere to go. Once you've found the perfect floral tie that fits your personality and matches your personal style aesthetic, it's time to show it off.

Casual enough to dress down with a button-up shirt and pair of jeans yet effortlessly sophisticated at the office or a formal event, these offer the ultimate in fashionable versatility.

Thankfully, spring offers you plenty of opportunities to take your new tie out on the town. For one, this season (along with summer) is a notoriously popular time of year for weddings, thanks to the vibrant colors dotting the landscape.

Do you have a wedding coming up? A floral tie is an ideal way to make a style statement without outshining the groom.

In fact, this is a great time to play around with florals and wear them in a variety of ways. If you don't opt for a necktie, you can always try a floral bow tie or go a little more subtle with a pocket square!

You can also feel cool and confident wearing your new tie at the office, at a formal evening event or even a relaxed date night out.

As long as you follow our style rules above and keep the rest of your look simple and classic, it's the perfect way to add a punch of color and personality to any look.

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