Shopping Guide

Five Best Ties to Upgrade Your Winter Wardrobe

Plus 20 other options, in corduroy and tweed and wool, to have all your cold-weather situations styled.

Photo illustration: Evan Ortiz/Bloomberg; ties: Vendors

Baby, it’s cold outside—so it’s time to think heavier, warmer, and thicker fabrics. That doesn’t mean only NHL star-approved outerwear, but also the small things, like ties. Just as you'd winterize your shoes (or your dog) to weather the season's rougher days, accessories in heartier fabrics such as flannel and corduroy stand up best to thick wool suits and under bulky sweaters. Bonus: Giving your silk standbys a seasonal rest is an easy way to differentiate yourself when every other guy is rocking the same kit he's had since the holidays. As for color, keep it subtle. Spring will come eventually, but the first signs shouldn't be on your neck.

Made popular by 19th century British royalty, a heavy tweed is a quintessential fabric for inclement weather. (There's even a race dedicated to it come spring.) A full tweed look is hard to pull off, so instead inject touches via small accessories like backpacks, footwear, and ties. Familiarize yourself with Italian bespoke house Salvatore Piccolo, which designed the navy and gray striped tie below, and you can't go wrong. 

(1) Striped tweed tie, Salvatore Piccolo, $145, thecorner.com; (2) Herringbone wool tie in brown, Frank & Oak, $38, frankandoak.com; (3) T-Tie Italian wool tweed tie, Boss, $145, hugoboss.com; (4) Tweed check tie, Kenneth Cole, $55, kennethcole.com; (5) Melange diamond tie, Rag & Bone, $125, eastdane.com.
(1) Striped tweed tie, Salvatore Piccolo, $145, thecorner.com; (2) Herringbone wool tie in brown, Frank & Oak, $38, frankandoak.com; (3) T-Tie Italian wool tweed tie, Boss, $145, hugoboss.com; (4) Tweed check tie, Kenneth Cole, $55, kennethcole.com; (5) Melange diamond tie, Rag & Bone, $125, eastdane.com.

Flannel ties are the new business ties. They're 100 percent wool and woven with a texture that stands out on its own, no matter the color or pattern. Consider our top pick, a hunter green number from Brooklyn Tailors: simple, subtle, yet novel enough to capture the eye.

(1) Wool flannel necktie, Brooklyn Tailors, $85, brooklyn-tailors.com; (2) Petronius wool flannel print tie, Sid Mashburn, $185, sidmashburn.com; (3) Wool flannel tie, Polo Ralph Lauren, $125, ralphlauren.com; (4) Italian wool tie in medium grey, J.Crew, $69.50, jcrew.com; (5) Flannel necktie, Barneys, $155, barneys.com
(1) Wool flannel necktie, Brooklyn Tailors, $85, brooklyn-tailors.com; (2) Petronius wool flannel print tie, Sid Mashburn, $185, sidmashburn.com; (3) Wool flannel tie, Polo Ralph Lauren, $125, ralphlauren.com; (4) Italian wool tie in medium grey, J.Crew, $69.50, jcrew.com; (5) Flannel necktie, Barneys, $155, barneys.com

On days when you want to mix things up and be different, a knitted tie is the way to go. In the right color or pattern (read: neutral), it can quickly become the most versatile tie you own, pairing year-round with full suits on down to casual denim jackets. For a more seasonal style, Drake’s blackwatch tartan offering is a winter winner.

(1) Blackwatch tartan handrolled woven grenadine tie, Drake’s, $178, drakes.com; (2) Solid knit tie, J.Hilburn, $89, jhilburn.com; (3) Woven tie, Dibi, $48, dibities.com; (4) Wool & silk knit tie, Eidos, $175, saks.com; (5) Striped wool knit tie, Paul Smith, $125, saks.com.
(1) Blackwatch tartan handrolled woven grenadine tie, Drake’s, $178, drakes.com; (2) Solid knit tie, J.Hilburn, $89, jhilburn.com; (3) Woven tie, Dibi, $48, dibities.com; (4) Wool & silk knit tie, Eidos, $175, saks.com; (5) Striped wool knit tie, Paul Smith, $125, saks.com.

While a corduroy suit may be more synonymous with fall, a corduroy tie can last longer while still bringing a bit of seasonal texture. Grab the Tie Bar's cheeky polka-dotted option, pair it with a suit or a blazer-and-denim look, and you're good to go.  

(1) Corduroy dots, The Tie Bar, $19, thetiebar.com; (2) Corduroy solid skinny tie, Tommy Hilfiger, $65, macys.com; (3) Grey corduroy tie, Black Fleece, $125, brooksbrothers.com; (4) Woven twill tie, Gitman Bros., $115, gitman.com; (5) King cord solid tie, Calvin Klein, $65, macys.com.
(1) Corduroy dots, The Tie Bar, $19, thetiebar.com; (2) Corduroy solid skinny tie, Tommy Hilfiger, $65, macys.com; (3) Grey corduroy tie, Black Fleece, $125, brooksbrothers.com; (4) Woven twill tie, Gitman Bros., $115, gitman.com; (5) King cord solid tie, Calvin Klein, $65, macys.com.

Wool means winter. Period. You can never have too many options. The yellow-red-white on charcoal windowpane design by Alexander Olch is a good start.

(1) Large windowpane wool, Alexander Olch, $150, olch.com; (2) Club Monaco, $89.50, clubmonaco.com; (3) Polka dot wool blend tie, Dunhill, $150, mrporter.com; (4) Carnaby plaid skinny tie, Bar III, $49.50, macys.com; (5) Charcoal micro check tie, Sprezza, $25, sprezzabox.com.
(1) Large windowpane wool, Alexander Olch, $150, olch.com; (2) Club Monaco, $89.50, clubmonaco.com; (3) Polka dot wool blend tie, Dunhill, $150, mrporter.com; (4) Carnaby plaid skinny tie, Bar III, $49.50, macys.com; (5) Charcoal micro check tie, Sprezza, $25, sprezzabox.com.