Striped regimental ties


"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." – Leonardo Da Vinci

What is the origin and meaning of the regimental tie?

The origin of these striped ties traces back to England, where each military corps, hospital, and regiment had its own distinctive stripes with specific colors. During battles, English soldiers used neckerchiefs bearing their regimental colors to identify and recognize one another. Off the battlefield, they continued to wear well-tied striped ties in their regiment's colors with pride. The term regimental itself derives from the Latin regime, signifying a system of order associated with military organization.

The simplicity and elegance of this accessory caught the attention of the intellectuals of the era. In 1880, members of Exeter College, Oxford, first sported regimental ties, with striped and colored patterns denoting their university membership, leading to the creation of the school tie. Since that moment, regimental ties have become the go-to accessory for the elite of English clubs and colleges.

More than just a simple striped tie, regimental ties symbolize unity, camaraderie, and patriotism. Today, these ties represent style, class, and elegance, and are worn by gentlemen around the world.

What are its main characteristics?

Regimental ties are distinguished by their characteristic diagonal stripes, which vary in width and color. The direction of the stripes is significant: in English versions, they run from left to right, whereas in American versions, they run in the opposite direction. The traditional colors of regimental ties—blue, green, red, and yellow—are tied to the institutions they symbolize, giving the wearer a sense of tradition and elegance.

English and American regimental ties: what are the differences?

Regimental ties unite two distinct worlds: the refined English tradition and the dynamic American society.

The story of this blend begins with the Prince of Wales, the future Duke of Windsor. His visit to America in 1919 sparked a fashion revolution. The Americans were enchanted by his wide red and blue striped tie (dull red & navy), symbolizing the Grenadier Guards regiment, and they quickly adopted this style. Thus, the American version, known as the Repp Stripe Tie, was born.

This version contrasts with the English regimental in stripe direction: from right to left.

Conversely, English tradition dictates stripes run "from the heart to the sword," or from left to right, highlighting the tie's military origins.

The color palettes also differ. English regimental ties favor muted tones like blue, green, red, and yellow, representing exclusive English clubs and military regiments.

American ties embrace a broader range of colors, reflecting the New World's vibrant and dynamic personality.

Regardless of origin, both English and American regimental ties add a touch of sophistication to any man's attire.

For what occasions is a regimental tie recommended?

Originally a military accessory, the regimental tie has transitioned into a widely used piece for informal occasions. It is suitable for any situation that requires a touch of elegance while maintaining a casual vibe.

During the week, it can bring more personality to office attire in less formal situations, such as internal presentations or business lunches.

However, regimental ties should be avoided at formal events, such as elegant dinners or ceremonies, which demand a more refined dress code. Their casual, sporty origins make them unsuitable for these settings.

Although worn more liberally today, regimental ties still represent a connection to civil or military institutions. Especially in England, it is considered in poor taste to wear one without such an affiliation.

What are the most common color combinations?

Regimental tie color combinations reflect the heritage of the institutions, clubs, and military regiments they originate from.

The balanced mix of shades and stripes makes them versatile accessories for various occasions.

  • Blue and yellow: a timeless and versatile combination.
  • Green and blue: for a polished and professional look.
  • Red and blue: a lively yet elegant combination, ideal for adding a pop of color.
  • Burgundy and green: a sophisticated mix, perfect for an autumn or winter look.
  • Black and gold: the most formal and distinguished combination

The colors and whimsical variations in the stripes of our regimental ties draw inspiration from its historical archives and are meticulously reproduced by the hands of Como artisans using high-quality fabrics.

What shirts pair best with them?

For these ties, the ideal shirts are those that highlight their distinctive patterns rather than overshadow them.

  • White shirt: the most versatile and classic choice, that makes the tie stand out.
  • Light blue shirt: ideal for a professional and refined look.
  • Thin striped shirt: can create an interesting contrast with the stripes of the regimental tie, provided the shirt stripes are thin.
  • Pastel-colored shirts: shades like light pink or lavender are a good match if they complement the tie’s color.

What jackets pair best with them?

The ideal jackets for this type of tie should complement the regimental’s look, emphasizing its design and colors.

  • Navy blue jacket: a classic and reliable combination.
  • Gray jacket: ideal for a professional and elegant look.
  • Tweed jacket: perfect for a casual yet polished appearance, particularly in autumn or winter.
  • Black jacket: appropriate for formal events or evening wear.
  • Plaid or Prince of Wales jacket: can create a sophisticated and intriguing look if the colors are well-matched.

What knots are most suitable for this tie?

The choice of knot should consider the thickness of the tie and the type of shirt collar. For regimental ties, the most common knots are:

  • Four-in-Hand knot: This simple and asymmetrical knot is extremely versatile and pairs perfectly with most regimental ties. It is an ideal choice for a daily, informal look that remains elegant.
  • Windsor knot: A wider, symmetrical knot, the Windsor is perfect for larger collars and for achieving a more formal, impressive look. It is the right choice for occasions that call for a touch of formality
  • Half Windsor knot: Positioned between the Four-in-Hand and the Windsor, the Half Windsor is a symmetrical, moderately wide knot. It suits various occasions, balancing simplicity and sophistication
  • Pratt knot: The Pratt knot, with its medium size and symmetrical shape, is suitable for most ties and collars. It offers a versatile option that combines practicality and elegance, ideal for a clean and sober look.