Style : FASHION : Tie One On

So you finally bought that "fun" tie--the one with the hibiscus and banana fronds, in tones of fuchsia and canary yellow. And now you feel comfortable in a tie that you once would have laughed at your father for wearing.

Sorry, but you're not as hip as you think. Because the newest-looking neckwear turns out to be--are you ready?--striped. These aren't the ties you've relegated to the back of your closet. The colors are bolder, the textures more diverse. Early examples are expensive, but if you're the kind of man who balks at spending $75 on a shirt, much less a necktie, keep your eyes peeled: More-affordable versions are on their way to stores.

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