The first step to dressing up and not feeling like your dad or a 13-year-old going to a bar mitzvah is to get yourself some better ties. Nothing against repp ties and that one with the navy pin dots but you shouldn’t play it safe all the time. You need to take a chance on something a little weird, preferably made by a brand you can trust to do “weird” in a right-now way. Even if you buy the tie now and it has to wait in the wings for the right opportunity to come along, when that day or night does arrive, you’ll be glad as hell it’s there. Here are a few examples of what we’re talking about. Just try and look away. See more at GQ.