How To Wear Velvet Ties

How To Wear Velvet Ties

News flash: Velvet is trending and it's not just for females. Guys, don't shy away from this luxurious, plush fabric. Wearing a velvet tie really makes a statement. Let's take a quick look at how to wear velvet ties—even in the summer!

What To Wear With A Velvet Tie

The first step to wearing a velvet tie is to treat it like a pattern tie. A velvet tie is the focal point of your outfit. Select your shirt and suit as you would with a pattern tie of the same color family. A solid color shirt, white in particular, is your safest bet for an outfit that isn't too loud. A windowpane check dress shirt can work too, but select a pattern that is light and subtle. Unless you're wearing the velvet tie for Christmas, keep the bold tartan and plaid dress shirts in your closet.

When To Wear A Velvet Tie

When you think velvet, you probably think Christmas and cold weather—we sure do! Don't let this state of mind fool you. Velvet can, and is, worn year round. Here's how.

Holiday Attire

You probably don't need a lot of help with this one. Velvet ties are the quintessential accessory for your holiday outfits. A velvet necktie or bow tie, holiday tartan shirt and a pair of khakis—Christmas perfection. While red velvet bow ties are the most popular choice for the holidays, any color velvet will look festive on Christmas Day. 


We love velvet ties for formalwear. Velvet is a dressy material, so you can't get much classier than a velvet bow tie and a fitted suit or tux. Since the fabric is quite formal, velvet ties are great for prom and wedding attire. For weddings, consider offsetting the groom and groomsmen by putting the groom in a velvet necktie and his groomsmen in matching velvet bow ties, or vice versa.


We've been hinting at it, and here it is. Yes, you most definitely CAN wear velvet in the summer, even dark colors like burgundy or navy blue. To avoid looking like you're celebrating Christmas in July, simply add a pop of light, bright color to your outfit. A pocket square is great for this. If you're wearing a burgundy velvet tie, add a blush pink pocket square. For a navy blue velvet tie, wear a coral pocket square. With black or gray velvet ties, you have your pick of pocket square colors.

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