Wedding Ties Fabric Guide - Swagger & Swoon

What is the best fabric to make a Wedding Tie?

When it comes to buying the grooms & groomsmen's attire, there’s all kinds of things to consider. Is it cravats or ties? Are they all wearing the same colour? Will the groom be wearing a different colour? But have you thought about whether it’s silk, polyester or a cotton fabric that you’re after?

We get asked what's the difference between these three finishes on a daily basis, so I thought I’d just write a quick blog about them all.

Is it OK to wear a Polyester Tie?

The range of polyester wedding ties in a range of different fabric finishes

Polyester is generally the most affordable and accessible fabric for ties, and is perfectly acceptable to wear to most weddings or events. Offered in traditional plains and vibrant prints, the hallmark of polyester is it's subtly shiny appearance.Polyester satin in particular is known for it's smooth, sleek finish and ability to drape nicely when tied. This is the most popular choice because of the huge range of colours available and much more price conscious than silks.

If you want to get a bit technical about the process and wow your friends with your new knowledge, here’s a bit about how the polyester satin is made.

When this material is made it is weaved in such a way that it has “floating” yarns across the top. No this doesn’t mean that your ties are haunted! By having these loose yarns it creates the smooth finish that many people like to have in their wedding ties.

Now if the satin finish isn’t for you, and you want something with a little extra, this is where the shantung or twill finish comes in. Polyester 'Twill' ties have a signature diagonal ribbed texture that plays with the light uniquely to create a interesting effect, while 'Shantung' ties are made from a textured fabric. 

The shantung finish adds that extra texture into the ties, cravats, bows, whatever you’re having for the groomsmen. To get the textured finish that many grooms like, unlike the polyester satin, the yarns of the fabric are all a little bit different, using irregular thread, so when it’s woven together you get the really cool textured effect for the ties.

Polyester crepe ties have also grown in popularity for their delicate matte texture as an understated alternative. We have a range of crepe ties; with a textured finish available in a range of our more popular and muted colours, this fabric creates a softer touch to an outfit due to more delicate fabric.

Can you make a Tie out of Cotton?

Cotton wedding tie options, with a plain blue cotton tie and a spotty one too

You can make ties out of any fabrics, and cotton provides a a robust and easy to tie choice. Cotton ties breathe fabulously well, making them a top choice for warm weather weddings. They allow the natural fibers to shine through in all its glory with a matte texture and a variety of colours. Fun printed options like cotton spot ties with their all over dots to add subtle interest too. The cotton fabric ties knots crisply and cleanly so could be a good option if you're looking for a specific knot.

Are Silk Ties better?

Our range of silk wedding ties, with a plain silk satin, a textured silk tie and a ribbed/twill silk

When it comes to luxury, silk ties are the pinnacle. Smooth silk satin catches the light elegantly with its luminous sheen, perfectly showcasing intricate knot work. Silk ties are generally that little bit more expensive because of how they are made and the cost of the silk fabric itself. 

Another little technical fact for you about the silk, is around the process of making the ties. The reason that the silks can look like many different shades in different lights is because inside the silk itself is a triangular prism like structure. Because of this structure the silk is able to absorb lights from different angles, and therefore reflect different tones. Pretty cool huh?

For more texture, silk dupion woven with irregular yarns takes on a lively iridescence as the ties move. Silk twills are also a more textured option with it's faint ribbing, seen as the diagonal weave (or stripe) that is formed across the tie.

Patterned Silk ties such as the ornate paisley designs or delicate floral designs that we offer pair the lavish fabric with compelling contrasting patterns.

 Patterned ties, a floral, paisley and spotty wedding tie

Over recent years there’s been an increase in patterned ties for grooms, florals and paisleys can add extra flair to a wedding suit. Patterned ties can be a bold statement but create a sophisticated look, these can add a distinctive touch to groom outfits without detracting too much attention from the bride.

So that’s a little bit around the satin, silks, pattern, crepe and shantung fabrics that we have, and hopefully it’s answered any of the questions to go with them. If you do have anymore questions though, just give us a call or drop us an email and we’d be happy to help!

How do I choose a tie fabric?

Looking for the perfect colour to fit in with your scheme? Try out our colour matching service! or start off by ordering a swatch>


1) Are there specific tie fabrics that are more suitable for different wedding themes or seasons?

Yes, certain tie fabrics may complement specific wedding themes or seasons better than others. For example, silk ties with a smooth satin finish exude elegance and are ideal for formal or traditional weddings. On the other hand, cotton ties with a more textured appearance are well-suited for rustic or outdoor weddings, especially in warmer seasons like spring or summer. Not sure which is best? A Polyester tie tends to be the best all-round option! 

2) How do different tie fabrics fare in terms of durability and multiple wears?

Generally, silk ties are considered luxurious and durable but polyester ties are known for their durability and resistance to wrinkles. Cotton and linen ties may wrinkle more easily but are breathable and comfortable.

3) Can you provide tips on how to properly care for and maintain ties made from different fabrics to ensure longevity?

It's important to follow the guidelines when caring for ties made from different fabrics. Generally, silk and polyester ties should be dry-cleaned with care to maintain their luster. Cotton fabrics are generally of with gentle hand washing or spot cleaning to preserve their texture and color, but dry cleaning is always the safest option. Hanging ties properly and storing them in a tie rack or drawer can also help prevent wrinkles and maintain their shape over time.

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