Politicians can be blamed for a lot of things. At issue here is the decision of male politicians to dispense with the tie at summit meetings in the belief that a room of open-shirted bureaucrats will facilitate team-working. Apparently, the tie – long a symbol of male authority – could be 'read' as an assertive, and antagonistic, statement of individuality that would scupper the convivial atmosphere of political discussions.
But a lot has changed since the large and luminescent ties of the Sixties, when men's neckwear was at risk of overwhelming the workaday outfit. Whilst bright colours and patterns remain, ties are now available in a much greater range of materials, which means that the desire to be individual and subtle are now achievable neckwear goals (if you want to be subtle, that is). A case in point are Regent's knitted silk ties, which are available in a range of colours and are either plain, striped or spotted. Generally regarded as a more relaxed neckwear option, the colour of these ties is softened by their texture, which will provide an interesting contrast to the cloth of your shirt and jacket. These ties would be an ideal choice for the torturously vague 'smart/casual' scenario, and could easily be paired with contrasting jacket and trousers, even jeans. For something a bit more formal, a patterned woollen tie will provide a subtler form of distinction whilst still offering a depth of colour and visually interesting texture.
The conventional silk tie should not be overlooked. Its soft sheen can provide welcome contrast to a dark or tweed jacket. It can also be worn year-round: the matt texture of woollen ties, for example, tend to work slightly better with autumnal and winter looks. Regent silk ties are available in a range of colours and with variety of patterns. Popular designs include those with a hunting theme – grouse, woodcock, partridge, shotgun cartridges – and our unique insect collection, which includes a navy silk tie with a repeat pattern of bugs, beetles in lime green, Regent butterflies in pink, caterpillars in sky blue and ants in red. Silk ties with repeating designs of Regent's butterfly and skull are also available in a range of subtle and striking colours.
So, if you're not satisfied with politicians, Regent can provide at least one (sartorial) means of peaceful protest.