How to Pick Out a Tie for Your Dad

Our neckwear picks to fit any type of dad.

Tie land: A guide to the perfect neckwear for every kind of Washingtonian (and his dad). Photograph by Jeff Elkins

There’s nothing wrong with a tie for Father’s Day as long as it fits who he is—or wants to be. Our neckwear picks for the common classes of Washington man.

1. The Craftsman

Whether he mixes artisanal cocktails or finishes salvaged-pine shelving, Switchwood’s designed-in-DC wood-and-cotton bow tie marks him as sustainably stylish. “The Clark,” $85 at

2. The Everyman

Even dads who never leave the safety of Brooks Brothers will go for a stripe by Collared Greens, a Richmond company quickly becoming the new go-to for classic American neckwear. “James” teal necktie, $85 at

3. The Techie

Hugh & Crye’s hand-printed, square-ended cotton tie is start-up casual—but just enough of a statement to convince investors to fund another round. “Rand” geometric tie, $25 (300 Tingey St., SE, Suite 140).

4. The Talking Head

Have this assertive but subtle silk tie by Sette delivered to CNN’s green room before his Sunday spot and he’ll look smart no matter what comes out of his mouth. “Napoli” tie, $185 at

5. The Embassy Hopper

End his grousing about black-tie obligations with Bonobos’s playful polka dot, which fits the bill and will have those Eurodiplomats in their slim-cut Italian suits paying attention. Silk dot necktie, $85 at Bonobos (Georgetown and Bethesda).

6. The Heavy Thinker

As textured as the research reports he pumps out at his downtown think tank, Ledbury’s green silk knit will also lend his look a natty punch that suggests he’s not some data-crunching drone. “Newton” dot tie, $95 at

7. The Staffer

He works on the Hill but harbors a fantasy of cohosting Tucker Carlson. This dandy tie by local Bull & Moose pairs nicely with Friday khaki.Cotton floral bow tie, $35 at

This article appears in our June 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.