Recently, Michael and I packed our bags to head out for a weeklong trip to Maine. As I agonized over how many sweaters to bring for fifty-five degree weather with a chance of rain, he turned to me and asked, “Two pairs of pants ought to cut it, right?” Which is to say, in my everyday life, I’m married to the kind of person who thinks fashion is a Hanes tagless t-shirt. Because, you know, fancy. But when it comes time to get dressed up, he transforms a la Steve Urkel/Stefan Urquelle–style into an entirely different human. I’m talking pocket square with matching watch, and a very specific shade of oxblood dress boots we had to search an entire day to find. Which is why I get so frustrated when the wedding industry treats men and masculine-of-center folks as an afterthought whose only job is to complement a bride’s outfit. And it’s why I am so here for companies that make stylish wedding-day attire for the suit-and-tie wearers in our lives.
Near the very top of that list is The Tie Bar. I’ve been ogling their modern, stylish ties and accessories for years (you can see past favorites in our roundups here, here, and here.) And their collaboration with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and the Tie The Knot Foundation has some of coolest bow ties around. (Don’t tell me I don’t need these cheetah print bow ties in my life, Michael be damned.) And as a bonus, $20 of every $25 purchase or $30 of every $35 purchase from the collaboration is donated to advocate for LGBTQ equality worldwide. And these extra cool styles by Dwyane Wade are also none too shabby. Plus they’ve enlisted BHLDN and Show Me Your Mumu for all your wedding tie needs (more on that below).
So, because you don’t have time to sort through The Tie Bar‘s zillion cool ties, below are forty-five of our favorite picks with applause-worthy designs that buck boring neckwear conventions (or shop them all on The Tie Bar site.) Because tie-wearing folks deserve to look just as cool as dress-wearing ones.
You guys, The Tie Bar website is so well designed, it’s like they created it knowing what an actual pain wedding planning can be. You can not only shop by the standard colors; you can actually shop by your specific bridesmaid dresses’ brand’s specific colors. Matchy-matchy dreams do come true. And so do perfectly mismatched ones, because The Tie Bar’s recent collaborations with some of our favorite bridesmaid dress brands, namely BHLDN and Show Me Your Mumu, really take it to the next level. I mean, just think about how good these tropical-inspired prints would look with bridesmaid dresses in shades of millennial pink and blush…
BHLDN Wedding – Blush Floral Tie (Grey)
Mumu Wedding – Coastal Stripe Bow Tie (Dusty Blush)
BHLDN Wedding – Linen Row Tie (Rose Quartz)
BHLDN Wedding – Silk Seersucker Tie (Champagne)
Mumu Wedding – Bouquet Toss Tie (Stone)
BHLDN Wedding – Jet Set Solid Tie (Wildflower)
Classic With A Twist
For when you dig the classics: florals, stripes, checks, but with a side of extra.
Wear your heart on your… tie
From planes and trains, to sports and stars, (or my fave, the constellations) you or your person can wear that thing that brought you together, or just that thing you like to do on the weekends. And the designs themselves are subtle and super personal, without being kitschy:
BOW TIES ARE COOL
Because, duh. (And pro tip: Almost all of The Tie Bar’s styles come in bow tie, as well as necktie and skinny tie options, so the perfect combo of print and style can be yours.)
Black Tie Very Optional
For when subtle isn’t an option.
This post was sponsored by The Tie Bar, who have a massive selection of super cool ties and accessories for your wedding day and beyond, in every color you could ever think of. They’re totally affordable (think $19), so you can try something trendy, but they don’t cut corners when it comes to quality—no cheap polyester here. Basically The Tie Bar is obliterating the days of solid satin ties in basic wedding colors with florals, stripes, and all sorts of unique patterns, and we are so here for it. Plus they’ve partnered with BHLDN and Show Me Your Mumu for unique collections of ties and accessories designed in collaboration with their awesome bridesmaid dresses. Overwhelmed by all the awesome? We feel you. Get started by browsing APW’s featured picks, or check out The Tie Bar’s super helpful wedding shop where you can filter your options by color, style, and pattern; find styling tips and tricks; and find out where to browse their selection IRL.