When semi-special occasions roll around—you know, the gatherings that require you to look like a grownup without shelling out cash for an entirely new ensemble—the right tie can take your everyday dress shirt from ho-hum to handsome. But unless you've been accumulating higher-end neckwear since junior prom or work in an office where business formal is the norm, we’re going to guess your tie supply could use some TLC.
Don’t worry—that doesn’t mean selecting a tie from a dizzying department store display. A neckwear-on-demand service called Tie Society lets you pick out ties from Burberry, Armani, Hermes, Brooks Brothers, and a slew of independent labels while sitting at home in your underwear.
How it works: After paying for a membership plan—they range from $10.95 to $49.95 depending on how many items you plan to have shipped each month—browse the site’s collection of neckties, bowties, tie bars, cuff links, and pocket squares. Once you’ve made your selection, your item will arrive at your door within one to three business days. You can keep it for as long as you’d like, as there are no due dates or late fees. When you’re done with a tie, stuff it back inside its resealable pouch (postage is already paid), drop it in the mail, and Tie Society will mail you the next piece of neckwear in your queue.
If you don’t have a clue when it comes to paisley and plaids, Tie Society offers complimentary style advice to its members via email. Worried that the guy who wore the tie before you might have spilled a drink on it while working up a sweat at a wedding reception? Rest assured that all ties are professionally cleaned and disinfected before they’re shipped out. And when ties get too ratty, they’re removed from the collection. Trust us—you won’t look like a “Thift Shop” video extra.
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