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    How many ties is too many ties if you never wear ties

    I might need to adjust my tie holdings a bit:


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    If never is actually never, then anything more than 1 is too much.

    If never means once every 3-6 months, anything more than 3-4 is too much.

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    I'd say 3 ties for handling funerals, interviews and weddings/special events would be a rough estimate. I've got around 35-40 but wear one everyday. Why would you invest in so many and then not wear them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeysc23 View Post
    I'd say 3 ties for handling funerals, interviews and weddings/special events would be a rough estimate. I've got around 35-40 but wear one everyday. Why would you invest in so many and then not wear them?
    #thrift

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonATL View Post
    #thrift
    Gotcha. Well I'd start wearing them more. In my opinion not enough people wear ties and complain about them being uncomfortable. I love them. I also love how yours are organized by color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeysc23 View Post
    Gotcha. Well I'd start wearing them more. In my opinion not enough people wear ties and complain about them being uncomfortable. I love them. I also love how yours are organized by color.
    I think most people that complain about them being uncomfortable suffer from 2 problems. First, the shirt is actually the problem and they have the wrong neck size. Second, they dont know different knots. I really only do 4-in-hand and half windsor but it makes a difference in how the tie feels for me, depending on the tie.

    as for the OP...I have several ties and never wear them anymore. I used to wear them to work but now I work from home. I am keeping them though because I like a selection on those rare occasions. I also thrifted a lot of mine.

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    Like the others are saying, if you literally never wear them or if you only wear them once or twice a year I would think buying more than 3-4 ties is maybe just wasting money and closet space. On the other hand if you really like having options for that one or two times a year you do need a tie I could see justifying having a dozen or so option...maybe a few linen or chambray options for spring/summer weddings, a couple conservative silk ties for interviews/funerals, maybe a few wool or patterned silk options fall/winter weddings or events.....

    I only need a tie maybe once a month and probably own about 15 ties and feel like that is nearing excessive....although I do enjoy having the options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonATL View Post
    I might need to adjust my tie holdings a bit:
    Deets on that gray glen plaid I see sticking out? I may be able to help you thin the herd. My Burberry glen plaid is just not doing it for me.

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    yeah i've got a couple hundred great thrift ties, and they're super wonderful! In reality they just rarely get used. i'm lucky if I can use any of them more than twice a week these days.

    In case someone is curious, they're all like at least late 1990's or 2000's brooks brothers ties or better. The majority are repp or small patterns. There are lot of J Press and Andover Shop ties, and a 20 or so current J Crew Repp stripe ties.

    There are maybe 20 or so that are all Harvard patterned, 20 that are from the Harvard COOP, 20 that are Madras Plaid, and maybe another 20 that are especially casual like knit ties.

    Mostly it's just a big trad tie collection. I don't know why they fascinate me so much, but they do. Thirft ties are usually a dollar so it never hurts to grab one i guess.

    I've been trying to pare down the 200+ to something more like 20 amazing ones, but it's been a long and hard process.
    Last edited by evanparker; February 16th, 2017 at 12:41 PM.

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    Yeah if never really does mean never then I would probably get rid of some. Personally I wear ties about 3-4 times a week and own about 25ish ties and sometimes that feels like too many.

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