Right now you probably sort your ties on winter and summer colors. A dark red silk tie is perfect to express your autumn moods. However, there is another option. Not only will the suits get bristlier in the coming months, also the ties will change.
So try something else this autumn/winter with a wool tie. It gives you a more natural look in the winterly scene and makes you stand out amongst those shiny silky ties. It looks more relaxed, but if worn properly, gives you that edge you have been looking for.
In England, the wool tie is preferably worn during informal gatherings and country life. Some examples of common occasions are regiments, collages and country clubs. Often these organizations offer their same ‘club’ tie in the wool fabric. The suit that goes best with the wool tie is (of course) the tweed suit. Because o f the country clubbish background, you will often find a wool tie with prints of animals like the duck, fazant or horses.
But let’s go back to the program. I personally believe that a wool tie is a respectful addition to start of the new season. As the weather keeps getting colder, fabrics tend to get stiffer and pricklier. So when you add a new suit of an autumn/winter collection to your personal collection, make sure you also purchase a wool tie: if your suit looks a hundred years old, so should your tie.
About its comfort, I can say that your wool tie will keep you warmer than your silk tie, so wear it on days when the sky is clouded. Try to limit the animal collection on your tie, and start with a plain wool tie in dark blue. It’s just easier and better to wear to your formal occasions. One of the best combinations to wear is a blue wool tie with a checked shirt. Even though the weather outside is pretty good, I’m ready.