Fall TrendsHow to Rock a Repp Tie Without Looking Like Your Dad
Fall's prep standard gets a progressive tweak.
Every day of every month at GQ, we start your morning on Instagram with visual advice on What to Wear Today. But we want to go deeper. Give you the nuts and bolts of how to get the look into your wardrobe. Today we're showing you how to pull off the stripe-y prep classic without wandering into dad territory.
A cornerstone of every prep wardrobe is the almighty Repp tie. The diagonally striped ties, which originated in England in the 1800s on school uniforms before making their way to the American Ivy Leagues in the 1920s. But beyond that micro history lesson, Repp ties are a solid staple in any wardrobe, prep-heavy or not. And they're an especially good touch when they get tweaked outside of those their English and Ivy League roots.
A perfect case in point is our Italian street style bud up top. See how the linear graphic lines add some pep to his simple navy suit? It's classic without being stuffy, a.k.a. exactly what you should be looking for when tying one on today. After all, you don't want to wear the same neckwear as your dad did twenty years ago. The addition of a jacquard texture or some houndstooth between the stripes will give your Repp tie a progressive edge. Hell, you can even rock a single set of stripes—so long as they're from Thom Browne. Keep the rest of your fit extremely simple so your new tie can really shine. We like a navy suit, barely blue shirt, and a tie with navy, white, and red stripes (especially in a year with the Olympics and an election). Here are four we'd snap up today:
Drake's, $163, available at drakes.com
Brioni, $230, available at neimanmarcus.com
Ermenegildo Zegna, $184, available at matchesfashion.com
Thom Browne, $222, available at farfetch.com