What does your tie say about you?

It is a wide assumption that people dress well to impress only at parties. The way you dress and carry yourself makes a great impact in all public appearances. This includes your daily attire too. Your clients, co-workers and fellow commuters notice you and get to judge you based on how well you carry yourself. With your style of tie, you do not have to speak before others, as they know what you stand for or represent.

A tie can make a powerful statement in a business situation. It gives a great confidence to take control.

But are you wearing the right tie? What if the kind of tie you are wearing does not express the kind of thoughts you wish it does? Are you wearing the right type? Are you expressing the right message through your tie colour? Read on to know more in depth.

Types of Ties:

  • The Striped Tie
  • The Polka Dot Tie
  • The Bow Tie
  • The Plain Tie
  • The No Tie

Interpretation of the different types of ties:

The Striped Tie: It is the most widely worn necktie mostly by 20 year-olds to 80 year-olds working in the corporate world. This tie shows that this is not your first job. You are corporate when on the job, but you are also fun when not at work. It shows you are a risk taker and that you are smart enough to make good career decisions.

The Polka Dot Tie: Ladies love polka dots. It shows that you are sensitive, fashionable and a very great listener. This tie shows that you are a responsible person in the office and that you might probably be an accountant.

The Bow Tie: If you are wearing this tie, others think you are cool and you like to feel young. You have a fascination with facial hair, and rock a moustache or beard all the time.

The Plain Tie: The plain tie signifies two different personalities. The first option is, it is your first day at work, you are naïve and maybe you don’t even know how to tie it. The second option is, you are the boss, and you are powerful depending on the colour of the tie.

The No Tie: Not wearing a piece of fabric to cover your top button shows that you are bold and ambitious. You are confident in yourself and your managerial skills are top notch.


Check out your schedule for the day, before selecting the tie you want to wear. Fridays should be different to Mondays

Tie colours and their interpretations:

Red: Many politicians wear the red tie because it symbolises power. But one must be careful with the tone of red he is wearing. Darker reds help build trusts while lighter reds are associated with creativity.

Royal Purple: This colour shows self-confidence and helps create lasting impressions, especially when worn on a first business meeting.

Black: Black ties are the most common ties, but one needs to be careful as the formal black colour may be interpreted as arrogance.

Green: Green signifies many things, ranging from rebirth to the colour of money in some places. A green colour tie should be worn with caution because it can be too loud for workplaces.

Yellow: Yellow symbolises vibrancy because it is the colour of the sun. Wearing a yellow tie shows optimism and a belief that life will always be better. Yellow ties can make one more approachable to co-workers.

Blue: This colour is known as the international power colour, it is the safest colour to wear. Blue ties have a calming effect because the colour reminds people of the ocean and the sky. One can never go wrong with any shade of blue as his Tie style.

Brown: Brown is a friendly colour, it is recommended for teachers, sales people or those who are in the service industry. When picking a brown colour tie, the brown should not be too plain because it can signify a dull personality. If you are ambitious and want a promotion quickly, this colour is strongly not recommended.


Colours make a bold statement; however be confident that you can pull it off before you actually go for a real bold colour.

When selecting a tie, how you want others to perceive you should guide you in selecting the type and colour of tie you wear. You must be careful with colours when in a different country because you don’t know what the colour represents in their culture.  A white tie is the most formal evening dress code in Western fashion while in China, it signifies mourning. Pick your tie, dress on and keep your heads high!!