Sporting sleek trousers, freshly shined shoes and a pressed button-down, today’s man completes the look with a stunning necktie that speaks volumes about his personality. From the solid styles of the banker to the wide collegiate stripes of the fraternity guy, ties have been the superstar of the male outfit for generations. But while ties were made popular by these well-dressed male prototypes, the finest ties today are made for every guy in between.
The tie guy of years past
Traditionally, the tie guy was the no-gruff, macho conservative type who spoke when he was spoken to and dressed to fit himself into a preconceived mold. In the 50s and 60s, corporate America was a conglomerate square. If you were a spunky circle or star, you either forced yourself in with boring, dark-colored ties or became the laughing stock in the employee lounge. In those days, rules were made to be followed and ties were worn to meet the cold standards of style. A thin solid tie on a plain white shirt was the dominant look then, and ties with stripes or designs were seen as juvenile. In short, originality was simply frowned upon.
Ties fatten up
By the late 80s and early 90s, tie styles expanded … literally. Ties about two inches in width were upstaged by their extra-wide younger brothers, some measuring up to a whopping four inches wide at the bottom. Being stylish back then also meant wearing a tie covered in those strange paisley designs. If you wanted to get really crazy with your neckties, maybe you wore a silly novelty tie to show your sense of humor or sported a fat tie plastered with a Garfield comic strip. Okay, maybe ties were a step more adventurous than the ties of the straight-laced 60s but talk about unsophisticated.
A nautical tie for a new millennium
By 2000, ties with wide, two-toned stripes were big again, and this nautical style has seemed to conquer men’s formal wear with no sign of relenting. Yes, stripes have always been somewhat popular, but in the 2000s striped ties were everywhere you looked, from Wall Street to Main Street. Sure, the stripe is stylish but so overdone and just downright uniform. When did it become okay to be unique?
Ties finally get personal
Let’s fast forward a bit to today—an age when being different is a virtue, when setting yourself apart from the rest is the key to success in everything from scoring a date with the girl of your dreams to landing your dream job.
The tie guy today accepts that he can’t stray too far from the sleek standards of style in his choice of formal wear, but knows that he needs to be tastefully expressive and original in order to get noticed. Tie guys today are bold and confident, unafraid to step out of their comfort zone and try new styles or blaze new trends. They want classy ties that are brimming with personality, but not just any personality—their personality.
Enter Squiddledee Ties. Their enormous line of personified ties give today’s man a chance to redefine the tie guy with his unique personality. With breathtaking colors and clever designs, Squiddledee Ties are the sophisticated way to show the world your originality.
If you’re a big dreamer, finish your formal outfit with “When Pigs Fly,” but if you’re the superstar type, let the world know it with “The Player (Octopus)” style. No matter how singular you are, Squiddledee has a tie for you, and they’re all made here in the U.S. with 100 percent imported silk for impeccable quality that has everyone else taking notes on your good taste.
Because ties aren't just for bankers and fraternities.