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As much as I love London, there are little things that I miss from France. Unexpectedly, I miss the lovely French ties that men wear in Paris. I had a stark reminder of this when I watched BBC news today and the presenter had a tie that was glowing in the dark. Literally. I had never seen so many colours on a tie. 

Over here, most men seem to wear ties that are coming from the sixties. I never understood why. It is simply everywhere. I have seen presenters wearing brown ties, poo-ish style. Or purple ones with light purple bubbles. Maybe it is part of their job description : if you want to be taken seriously, you need some awful ties.


Politicians are the same. Their ties can be awful. Maybe it is because of the recession: they are recycling their dad’s ties? I really wonder.


It is on the street, on the telly, at receptions, everywhere: ties over here can be horrendous. There ought to be a law against some. On the bright side, I am thinking of putting my dad’s ties on sale on eBay for some extra cash. I could make a fortune.

I am struggling to understand where such a bad taste in ties is coming from. I know that fashion is a relative concept but, come on, something has to be done to stop this. Maybe I should set up some sort of finishing school for men.



Anyway, to make it easier, here are a few pointers, and various examples of what to do and what not to do.
Less is more. I have seen ties that have two colours. One on each half (vertically, horizontally or even diagonally. I am not kidding you). Forget it. It is always better to stick to one good colour. Trust me on this one.
Avoid brown ties at all costs. I have never seen a brown tie that works. Never.
Green is a difficult one. Avoid it with a pink shirt because the message it is sending is ‘ I am colour blind’. You are warned now.
Disney characters on a tie are a no no. Unless you want to date Minnie Mouse, of course. In which case, well, go for it!
Stripes and spots on a tie don’t necessarily work. Just saying.
 Little hearts might work for a date but I am not sure that they would make the cut at work. Unless you are killing two birds with one stone and date your female colleague.
A tie must be of the right length. If you have a muffin top, which can happen to the best of us, your tie doesn’t have to stop in the middle of your tummy. 
Ask your wife/partner about your choice. I believe that the choice of ties says a lot about how you communicate with your wife. If you have one obviously. And, from the look of it, sometimes it isn’t that good…
Do yourself a favour: go casual today. Some men just don’t wear formal clothing naturally…
If you are still not sure about your choice, try to draw attention to something else. Wear a kilt!

I hope, that, over time, things will improve. In the meantime, I will just have to get over it!


Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • Us Brits, we do humour and rain better than we do fashion and style.

    • Indeed. I guess that nobody is perfect! I love British humour, so maybe it compensates the lack of fashion?

  • SarahHague

    I think many men hate wearing ties and so as they are obliged to, do it with restrained humour at best, irony, and just plain statement bad taste at worst.

    They don’t take their tie-wearing that seriously, which is not the case in France. I think some of them also wear conversation starter ties to get the chicks talking.

    • Tie as an ice-breaker? I hadn’t thought of this…it certainly works, but I wouldn’t date a guy with a bad tie. It must be my French side…

  • My hubs has a stripy dark brown tie that works very well with a bright blue/purplish shirt đŸ™‚

    • I need a picture…and I will post it!

  • jenny woolf

    You are quite right, I have never seen a brown tie that works either, come to think of it. Nor a brown suit .

    • Same here. My dad had a brown suit. It was awful. Still is, actually.

  • LOL! Disney characters? I thought those are strictly for kid parties! I see a lot of mismatched ties here but I keep thinking that it is some new fashion trend I haven’t heard about.

  • MuMuGB

    I need a picture…and I will post it!

  • MuMuGB

    Same here. My dad had a brown suit. It was awful. Still is, actually.

  • MuMuGB

    Tie as an ice-breaker? I hadn’t thought of this…it certainly works, but I wouldn’t date a guy with a bad tie. It must be my French side…

  • MuMuGB

    Indeed. I guess that nobody is perfect! I love British humour, so maybe it compensates the lack of fashion?

  • MuMuGB

    Tie as an ice-breaker? I hadn’t thought of this…it certainly works, but I wouldn’t date a guy with a bad tie. It must be my French side…