Missionaries go through a lot. They battle all weather conditions and do it all in a white shirt and tie! This short article is going to tell you which ties are the best missionary ties. I mean, if you are going to be in a tie all day everyday why not wear the best tie?
In this guide we are going the break down three reasons why the material of your necktie matters for your mission.
The Material of the Tie Matters
Like the missionary, the necktie will be put through a lot. The tie will have to deal with sun, rain and snow. Weather is a crucial reason why the material matters so much. There are a few things to note here:
Silk ties get sunburned.
Okay maybe not sunburned like how we get, but a necktie will start to lose its color after being in the sun. This is especially common for neckties that are made from silk and linen materials. The UV rays from the sun cause the fibers of the tie to break down. This breakdown of the fibers causes color fading. You could avoid this by using Ray Bloc which is a proprietary water-based formulation that acts as sunblock but for fabrics. The best way to avoid your tie getting sunburnt and faded is by buying a tie made from fibers like cotton and wool. These types of materials are less prone to "sunburns" simply because their fibers are stronger. The molecular compounds of wool and cotton absorb the dye better than most other fabrics like cashmere, linen, silk and polyester. This is another factor in helping neckties made from cotton and wool avoid fading in the sun.
Ties will get wet.
Whether it is rain or snow, neckties will get wet. This is a death sentence for most neckties. In fact, the worst thing you can do with a silk tie is accidentally get it wet. Water is an arch enemy of silk, especially if you don’t want a wrinkly tie. With this being said, polyester and cotton ties are your best bet when it comes to a tie that can survive getting wet.
Ties Will Get Ruined
Sadly, most neckties will not survive the mission. They will get wrinkled, stained and faded. Most missions it is best not to buy luxury $60 ties for missionaries. While these ties are constructed out of the most expensive materials, this does not mean they are the strongest materials. Luxury ties normally tend to be made from cashmere and silk, both materials are delegate and pure. But not made for 80 hour work weeks outside. These luxury ties will get ruined faster than a basic synthetic polyester tie bought from Walmart. A pro tip would be to buy ties that are in the $20-35 range made from cotton. Cotton is a material that is strong, durable and resists abrasion. These ties will have the best chance of surviving the mission, even these though, will most likely get ruined. Losing a $25 tie to a stain doesn’t hurt as bad as losing a $60 one.
(Wondering how many ties you should bring on your mission? Let some returned missionaries walk you through somethings you should consider to determine how many ties you should bring on your mission)
The Finishing Touch
Ties are about to become one of a missionaries most prized possessions. Ties will be traded for, given and received as gifts over the course of 24 months. They will act as lasting memories of companions and friendships. So it is important to get missionaries the best ties for their missions!
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