Tie Color – Learn The Meaning Behind Each Color

A tie is a powerful accessory, it is one of the first things people notice when you dress up or suit up. 

Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Here, on MR KOACHMAN, we occasionally discuss Ties.

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If you’ve read all these Tie articles above, you will come to agree with me that a tie is a powerful accessory and one of the most influential fashion tools you could use to make a great first impression and in some cases – win an election.

That’s why astute politicians, salesmen and business professionals reach for their lucky tie (usually a power tie) when about to close a deal or make a public speech.

Also Read: The Best Business POWER Colors

Now, today I’m not talking about tie brands or the quality of a tie. Yeah, these two are important, however, what sets you apart the most is the color of the tie. This is essential, especially in the business world.

Choosing the right tie color will set you apart from others and can easily distinguish you as not only a classy man but also a confident gentleman. 

So when next you are about choosing a tie you would wear to work for that key presentation you have or that special function, ask yourself one question – What Does My Tie Color Symbolize?

Let’s discuss the meaning behind each tie color – Shall we?

Recommended Reading: How to Match Your Tie to Your Suits and Shirts



Red Ties

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It’s called the power tie for a reason, by wearing a red tie you are implying that you mean business. It symbolizes wealth, strength, authority, dominance and passion. In many cultures, it symbolizes good luck as well.

For the ultimate power effect, go for a vibrant red tie such as a solid colored red or ruby red silk tie. For a less aggressive approach, switch out your vibrant red for a softer shade of burgundy. Learn more about the Best Power Colours.


Yellow/Gold Ties

Yellow is also a power tie just like the Red Tie, however, yellow is a subtle version of a red power tie – more like the approachable cousin of the red power tie. This is the perfect tie to wear for a first interview because it shows you are confident and not afraid of a challenge.


Blue Ties

Conveying trust, stability, calmness, peace and confidence, a blue tie is an excellent color choice for client facing, public speaking or if you are going into a hostile meeting with aggressive attendees. That being said, it’s no coincidence that politicians and salesmen are frequently seen in blue ties. The lighter blue shade is softer and appears more approachable. A darker shade of blue represents seriousness and matter-of-factness.

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Green Ties

This color symbolizes practicality, reliability, knowledge, wisdom, wealth, growth and also implies being down-to-earth. Brighter shades of green will imply that you are balanced, fresh and energetic. For a conventional look, darker shades of green are more appropriate and will imply that you are stable and serious.

As a leader, use this when you want to convey your knowledge on a particular skill to your team members. For instance, you should wear this on your first day of resumption in a new workplace as a Manager who will be in charge of a team of experts.


Orange Ties

Orange is the wild card of tie colors.  A bright orange tie will imply that you are enthusiastic, open-minded and adventurous.  It is the perfect tie for making a memorable first impression and creating a sense of excitement within the workplace.


•Brown Ties

This tie color projects the image of a very down-to-earth but practical man. It symbolizes reliability, practicality, knowledge and the tie color says “I can get the job done”. You can choose this as your signature style color if you maintain a particular key position with other colleagues to distinguish you as a reliable employee, performer and someone that delivers well on his tasks.

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•Black Ties

The Black Tie is associated with very formal events, fancy gatherings, dinner parties and evening events. You should save your black ties for these special events.

Also Read: Black Tie Dress Code For A Gentleman and His Lady



There you have it – different tie colors and their meaning. As you’ve learned today, your tie makes a powerful statement. So next time you are about tying that knot, consider what image you are projecting through the color of your tie.

Please note that you can always choose a tie color with some touch of other colors so as long as they go well together, but let these colors dominate always. For instance a Yellow Tie with a touch of blue dots, a blue tie with a touch of red diagonal stripes etc.

Learn how to match a tie with your shirt and suit.

Do you love wearing power ties? Have you already adopted a particular tie color as your signature style? Please share your experience wearing it, do leave a reply below as I’d love to hear from you. For any comments, contributions, or general inquiries, you may use the Contact Form.

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Until you hear from me again, Stay Classy!


Yours in Style,

Kobi O. Mbagwu [Mr. Kobi]

Founder & Editor-In-Chief, MrKoachman.com

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Mr. Kobi

I am Mr. Kobi, a professional style consultant, menswear blogger & entrepreneur who uses fashion to change people’s lives. My personal goal is to help gentlemen dress better, live well, do well and develop a unique personal style that matches with their lifestyle and goals. I believe that success can be built through style. I believe that fashion is a tool that can be used to change people’s lives positively. I strongly believe that if you dress well, you look good, and if you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you worry less, and the less you worry the more you are able to stay motivated and focused in your goals pursuit and by so doing you are able to live a more fulfilling and successful life.