Styled Out: The ties have it

I touch on the subject of formal wear from time to time here in Styled Out, and a great way to cinch any get-up is with a tie. For ladies that like to sport them, it can be a challenge trying to find the right one to suit your own tastes and body shape, because — let’s face it — in that regard, it’s still a man’s world.

If you’re looking to be a total show off — or at least show your tie off to the maximum — wear a white shirt. Nothing sets a better background for showcasing your new piece of wonder than an entirely blank slate behind it. If you’re just totally drawn to a neon-colored tie that screams any color other than found in nature, you could go with a black shirt to really put it on display, as well.

The first thing you should know about patterned ties is that you don’t have to have one. You can never ever go wrong with a solid color tie, unless that color is way off the ensemble that you’ve already created.

Solid color ties are not only classy and elegant in their minimalism, they’re also easier to pick out and match up with your clothing. The trick here is to restrain yourself and not go overboard while still expressing yourself. If you’re going with a patterned tie of any kind, keep the rest of your business nice and simple and coordinated to the colors in the tie so that you end up looking pulled together instead of torn apart.

Now that you know how to coordinate your colors, where and how should you buy one? The easiest option for the gay ladies to avoid unwanted stares by ignorant and outdated individuals is to shop online. My amazing fianc-gay points you in the direction of the ever wonderful J. Crew, as their selection is leaps and bounds above the rest. We both enjoy the fact that the majority of their ties are of the “skinnier” sort, a great pick for a lady wearing one so that it doesn’t drown her out. It’s easy to do, since lots of us have smaller frames than the average gentleman.

American Apparel doesn’t have as extensive of a selection as the above mentioned, but it’s at a much lower price and they have not only a wider tie available (if skinny just isn’t your bag) and a recycled option! Way to go, AA!

If all else fails, I’ve always found plenty of interesting ties at my local thrift store and the best part is, they’re usually around 80 cents a pop. Now that’s a steal.

It can be intimidating if you’re unfamiliar with exactly how to tie the thing now that you have it in your hands and are ready to be the most dashing version of yourself that you ever have been, but wouldn’t you know it? I’ve got you covered there, too.

Tie me up and call me Shirley!