For what seemed like the longest time, ties have been strictly associated with the menswear department, defining dandy looks and helping shape a gentleman’s ever so polished appearance. But as society has undergone evolution, the masculine-feminine boundaries have slowly blurred. Steering away from the corporate and leaving the over-the-top preppy days behind, the tie became a versatile statement accessory.
Explored in subtle ways, veiled in a non-traditional approach and worn with confidence, ties have grown to become resourceful styling elements that can easily transition a look from preppy, to chic and all the way to androgynous. Borrowing from the boys never felt easier, as it’s all about smart, balanced juxtapositions of sexiness and sharpness. Learn how to incorporate a tie into your spring 2013 wardrobe, right after the break.
The tie-attitude for spring 2013.
This spring the most sexy, feminine and playful of looks beg for a masculine accent, one that’s subtle enough to keep the sleek-sensual sensibility unaltered, but one that’s also strong enough to make a difference. Black, white, colorful or printed, there’s so much an inspired tie can do to complement your spring outfits. Channel your inner tomboy or unleash your super-chic side by simply making use of your imagination. Find the style that suits you best and wear it with your most dauntless attitude.
Black tie on the runway at Valentin Yudashkin S/S ’13
School girl chic.
Seeing how ties and uniforms have formed quite the unbreakable bond, this spring it is only mandatory for you to bring the school girl chic style up to date. Forget all about teaming white shirts, solid ties and unflattering cardigans and think more in terms of warm colors and feminine prints. Mix stripes and dots for a matchless approach and don’t be afraid to highlight your playful personality. Balance the sweetness of the look with mini silhouettes, bold short fringes and sharp architectural details.
Madame magazine April/May 2013
Recreate the look, from left to right, top to bottom: Marc Jacobs – Striped Shirt; ASOS Expander Boyfriend Watch; Fields – Polka Dot Premium Silk Tie; GWENDA Pointed Court Shoes; Esteban Cortazar – Leather, twill and duchesse-satin mini skirt
The androgynous style comes only as the natural approach when talking ties, but not everyone withholds the confidence to pull off the look without getting lost in translation. If you’re one of the lucky women who can actually do justice to a highly masculine outfit, feel free to embrace smoking jackets and sleek tuxedo pieces this spring and top them off with classic ties. Trust any silhouette that is severely tailored and maintain the classic essence. For a subtle twist match the color of your tie, to the color of your shirt.
Androgynous look on the runway at Ralph Lauren S/S ’13
Recreate the look, from left to right, top to bottom: Topshop – Grossgrain Collar Blazer; Asos Boater Hat; Moschino – Black Sleeveless Silk Top; ASOS Partial Pointed High Heels; Topshop – Grossgrain Wide Leg Trousers; Dolce & Gabbana – Silk-Satin Tie
If your style is rather fearless, non traditional and influenced by the punk-rock genres than you will be able to make the most out of a tie by simply adapting it to your bold aesthetic. Wear ties featuring quirky detailing and pair them to unique necklaces for more of an impact. Complement the tie with tailored pants and white button downs but keep the look unexpected via fun jackets, whimsical hats and lavish make-up.
Vogue Germany May 2013
Recreate the look, from left to right, top to bottom: ASOS Tie With Stud Detail; Palmer Harding – Pleated White Shirt; Karl Lagerfeld – Fringed Leather Brogues; Baublebar - Pearl Dot Pendant; BCBG Max Azria – Multi-chain ring; Vanessa Bruno – Cropped Tailored Trouser; Topshop - Printed Floral Biker Jacket; Dsquared2 – Multi Chain Woven Leather Belt
Within a crisp, tailored and chic outfit, an inspired print and an equally smart tie choice can really make all the difference. By replacing the classic trousers with an ultra-short rendition, choosing a print that is modern, yet retro in essence and a tie that is playful enough without loosing on its fashionable essence, you can really bring a sense of youthfulness to an otherwise classic style. Enhance the super-chic quality of your look with a sleek ponytail and a pair of killer heels.
Short suit and tie at J.Crew S/S ’13
Recreate the look, from left to right, top to bottom: Jil Sander – Le Chatelier paisley-print cotton-poplin jacket; Jil Sander – High Waisted Paisley Short; Burberry Brit – White Cotton Slim Fit Check Cuff Shirt; River Island – Nude pointed sling back court shoes; The Tie Bar – Tears of Paisley Emerald Tie
Feminine meets masculine.
For the busy woman who is not necessarily corporate, but who deeply enjoys a smart and timeless look, the blend of femininity and masculinity comes as the ultimate combo. Sitting right between androgyny and the new kind of lady like, exuding confidence but withholding a strong retro taste, a tie look mixing cropped pants, classic heels, a colorful satchel and a lightweight trench coat couldn’t feel more alluring. Finish off the look with dark lips, red nails and statement earrings.
Glamour Italy March 2013
Recreate the look, from left to right, top to bottom: Johnny Loves – Rosie Envelope Handheld Bag; Freya – Soft Cotton Shirt; Kurt Geiger – Elliot Metal Stiletto Court Shoes; Chloe – Cropped Virgin Wool Trousers; Vintage – Clip on Earrings 1980s; The Tie Bar – GrosGrain Solid Cantaloupe Tie; Ann Demeulemeester – Belted Trench Coat with Hood