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    J Crew Factory has some slim solid ties (2.75") in black / navy for 17$ after 30% off (SHOPNOW)



      I'm about to move to the UK and I whittled my wardrobe down to the essentials. Here is a photo of the ties that I deemed "most essential" and kept:

      I have about 4 more that aren't pictured because they're already packed. The color in the photo is off: the yellow ties are actually gold in person, and the top center tie is a dark burgundy.

      The ties that I'm taking on the plane are the center medium gold, the top burgundy, and the skinny navy tie on the left. The skinny navy tie actually has a paisley texture that isn't visible in the photo.



        I love this thread. I will be bookmarking it and referring back to it frequently.



          Definitely keeping tabs on this thread....wish I could contribute a bit but I need to get some more ties first haha



            Alright! The vast majority of my ties are worn in casual and casual-dressy settings, and I favor a more collegiate aesthetic, so take my choices as suggestions for such - I own very few (literally one or two, out of two or three dozen) properly "dressy," traditional wear-with-a-suit kind of ties. I'm sure others have much better suggestions for that type of tie than I do. Most of mine are 2-3" at their widest. My most indispensable ones are:

            1. Light gray wool tie (TTB: It can be a solid (the one I used for a long time was), but I think a pattern is fine as long as it doesn't impact its versatility. The one I just bought on eBay is a fairly light plaid one by J Crew (see here: No less than half my wardrobe goes with it.

            2. Navy corduroy tie, but it could be wool (TTB: I got mine at UO. Relatively slim, but not skinny. Like light gray, it goes with a huge chunk of my wardrobe. I think the alternative material/texture lends it an interesting quality normal navy silk ties don't have, and I also like the fact that it (like wool) isn't shiny.

            3. Dark gray cotton tie. (TTB: . Mostly the same as the light gray one, except somewhat less versatile and not wool. I got it from Aldo for like $12 ( Surprisingly staid for Aldo.

            4. Navy/green tartan (not crazy about any of TTB options). Unabashedly preppy, and again, fairly versatile in the colors you can pair it with. Doesn't get quite as much use as the top three, but I wear it often and really lusted after one before I had it. Mine's an unbranded one I found on eBay for like $5.

            5. Navy/red stripe (TTB: That can be a brighter red or a darker burgundy. Gets the preppy thing done pretty well, and ends up being really versatile. Reasonably appropriate even in professional environments, which not all my favorites really are!

            6. Just recently finally scored this one - burgundy knit with navy (and preferably white) stripes (TTB: I'd already had about ten applications for this before I even bought it. Big hole in my tie set before.

            7. Some type of light blue tie - chambray if you want (TTB: Mine's from Gap. Fairly summery and goes with lots of stuff.

            8. Black silk tie from CK. Got at Macy's ( Probably my most normal tie. It's... a black tie. That said, I think the subtle stripes make it more interesting without being too flashy. Could be thinner, but as it's a fairly traditional tie, I don't mind.

            9. Brown herringbone (TTB: Not really the most versatile, and doesn't get worn as much, but lots of character and fairly uncommon. I like that it brings the tweedy vibe without having to actually wear a tweed sport coat. I have a darker wool/silk one I got on eBay for cheap and the lighter (and much thicker) LEC one that was in their classified section a while back. I saw it initially at $70 and bided my time for a few months!

            10. Burgundy wool tie ( The one I had before my TTB one was a Nordstrom one from eBay. At this point it's obvious I gravitate towards wool, and the vividness of burgundy can really add something nice to a lot of outfits.

            11. White tie ( Wanted to keep it to ten, but eh. Mine's a linen one that's maybe *slightly* off-white from eBay. Also summery probably, with limited applications, but when it's appropriate, it's about the only thing I own that is.

            I also think there's a lot more room for various stripes and several more plaid ties as well maybe some polkadot and paisley ones; I have all of these. Those top ten or eleven are, however, my most hardcore useful ones. Pretty much everything else is just used here and there and has much more specific applications.