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20 Ties To Wear With Jeans

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Welcome To Casual Everyday

A lot of us are dressing more casually these days, so we thought it might be a good time for a little refresher on pairing ties with jeans. We'll kick off with some style tips just in case you need help putting together your outfit. Keep scrolling for those 20 ties to wear with jeans. (Trust us, they're worth the scroll.)

The Shirt

Let’s start with the obvious. You’re going to need a button down shirt. If you’re new to ties and jeans, start simple with a classic white or light blue solid color shirt. This gives you the most options when it comes to tie patterns. Solids, stripes, dotted, plaids. They’re all fair game.

A lot of guys wear plaid shirts with jeans. We love this look, too. Just remember: The larger the plaid, the more subtle your tie should be. This means a solid tie (just like in our pic) or a lightly textured one. If the plaid on your shirt is small like gingham, a low-key pattern or stripe on your tie is okay.

There are a lot of great button down prints out there that can be worn with ties, too. Definitely go with solids or lightly textured ties for these shirts.

Basically, remember that only one piece of clothing should be the focus of your outfit. So if your shirt has a lot going on, your tie pattern should be minimal and vice versa.

The Shirt Tuck

So with a casual look like jeans, a common question is whether that button down shirt should be tucked in. When wearing a necktie, yes, still tuck in your shirt. You want to look casual, not sloppy. Then, complete your outfit with a great belt on your jeans.

We'll get a bit more into bow ties and jeans in a second, but the bow tie is a case where you can keep your shirt untucked. It has to do with the length. A bow tie sits at your neck, so it's not drawing attention down to your waist. Just remember that there are shirts that should be tucked in versus ones that can be left untucked. Essentially, if the bottom of your shirt hangs past your fly, tuck it on in. (The ideal length for an untucked shirt is about mid fly.)

Tie Width

The width of your tie makes a difference, too. Skinnier ties (3-inches wide or less) are a bit more casual, so we personally find them easier to pair with jeans. If you plan to wear a tie wider than 3-inches with jeans, try adding a casual sport coat or tweed vest to your look. It balances the width a bit more.

Ties 3-inches or less are typically easier to pair with jeans. (Shown: Blue Curator Silk/Linen Narrow Necktie)

Tie Material

Some people will tell you that the finish of your tie has to be matte if you're pairing it with jeans. So we're going to say this isn't necessarily the case, but it's a good thing to think about if you're new to ties and jeans. A matte finish tie is typically more casual than a tie with a shinier finish. Since it's a more casual tie, it's going to be easier put your outfit together.

Don't let the finish of a tie stop you from wearing it if the pattern or color is perfect for your outfit. Look at our main photo for this blog post. That coral tie is the perfect color for that plaid shirt and it really makes the outfit.

If you're new to ties with jeans, start out by looking for matte ties. They're a more casual look than a shiny tie and look great with denim. (Shown: Dark Burgundy Matte Finish Necktie)

What About Bow Ties?

As we touched on briefly already, bow ties can be worn with jeans, too. Simply follow the guidelines above for matching your bow tie with shirt patterns. You can definitely wear a pre-tied bow tie with jeans, but we're partial to self-tie bow ties and denim. There's just something about the shape of a bow tie you've tied yourself that looks so dapper and put together with a great pair of jeans.

Bow ties are great with jeans! A self-tie bow tie and pair of jeans is a truly dapper look. (Shown: Lahaina Floral Cotton Self-Tie Bow Tie)

Ties For Jeans

So here they are. Those 20 ties that look great with a pair of jeans. If you want to see more options, head on over to TieMart's Skinny Tie and Self-Tie Bow Tie categories.


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