The checked tie has many shapes and faces, enough to keep any pattern lover enchanted for a lifetime.
This striking style, made up of a solid background crisscrossed by lines of a contrasting color is one of the most basic, and essential patterns for any man's wardrobe.
The checked pattern is, at its most basic, a grid of lines imposed on top of a solid background. These lines usually run vertically and horizontally, but sometimes tie designers mix things up a bit by rotating the pattern diagonally to create diamonds instead of squares shapes in the grid.
Designers also like to complicate patterns by adding extra colors to the grid lines and using these colors to create a three dimensional effect. A checked necktie, though simple, is a far from boring choice for any man.
This Tie Pattern is also a great choice for work or play. Checked neckties have no connotations like some other patterns (namely paisley and stripes) do. It is a clean cut design that adds interest to a solid suit and shirt, but is not overly busy or distracting.
For all of these reasons, many men choose to wear the checked necktie to work. After heading out from work for a drink, or perhaps dinner, the strong lines of the tie will make you stand out as fashionable and stylish, without pushing your image over the edge.
The pattern is both professional, but casual enough to leave the workplace with you. For extremely formal events however, it is better to stick with a Solid Colored Tie or bowtie, rather than a patterned tie. Nonetheless, the checked necktie will make a valuable, and frequently used addition to your wardrobe.
In order to wear your patterned tie with confidence and aplomb, you have to match it properly with your shirt and suit. The general rule with patterned ties is that a plain, white shirt is always your safest bet, because it goes with everything.
But what if you want to push the boundaries and be dashing and daring? Have no fear, a solid colored shirt can make you stand out and look amazing.
Pick a subtle color from the tie, say light blue lines on a checked necktie with a brown background, and pair the tie with a stunning light blue shirt. The layers of color will meld together seamlessly, and will make you look coordinated without being overly matched.
A check tie can also go with a checked shirt; the only rule is to make sure that the pattern on your shirt is much smaller and subtler than the pattern on your tie. Try and wear a solid colored suit with this tie pattern, you don't want to look too busy.
By following these simple rules when dressing in the morning, you'll have no problem facing any fashion faux pas. More on Matching Tie and Shirt.
If you're looking to buy a checked necktie you'll have little trouble finding one, virtually all designers have at least a few in their collection. Try Landsend.com or Kenneth Cole, both American designers, for conservative colors and styling of the checked pattern.
Also look for impeccable Italian design at Raffaelloties.com where you can procure the likes of Giorgio Armani and Versace, and both designers have fabulous checked neckties in their collections. Try to find a designer you like and keep an eye on their forthcoming collections, chances are you'll like what they produce in the future as well.
Whether for work or play, the checked tie is a great addition to your tie collection. So why are you still sitting down? Get going!