There is no colour, pattern or shape that popular psychology will not associate with a certain character trait. According to some psychologic research, in their stripes, colours, squares and dots cravats hide habits, vices and whims of their owners.

If one is interested in making witty remarks when passing someone in the street, here is a list of necktie colours and patterns that will tell one what is happening behind the official facade.


Blue cravat
blue is the colour of eternity; it symbolises wholeness, peace, and a person wearing a blue tie is probably honest, quiet and calm
Red cravat
Beware! Red is ambiguous! It can mean love and anger, courage and danger and it can also have a sexual message. The meaning depends on the mood, circumstances and the intentions of the “wearer”. Psychologists find a red tie most challenging to analyse, thus women consider a man in a red tie a mysterious adventurer.
Black cravat
A traditional tie is usually worn to funerals, but if combined with some contrasting colours and patterns, it can mean elegance and moderation.
Yellow cravat
Young, hopeful, happy! What else can be associated with such a funky colour?
Green cravat
Besides having an ecological meaning, psychologists find a green tie fairy-tale like; it expresses the wisdom of wood nymphs. You can finish the idea yourself!
Brown cravat
Firstly, one cannot tell when it is dirty; secondly, it symbolises down-to-earthiness. Reddish-brown is stylish and associated with professionalism and sexuality.
Chequered pattern
means neatness and regularity. Larger squares are more suitable for zany people and less suitable for engineers and architects.
Striped tie
It usually hides the need for neatness and regularity. Diagonal stripes are more common than horizontal or vertical stripes. Sociologists and psychologists will have to study why are stripes from right to left more common in the USA than in Europe.
Whorl pattern
means freedom and relaxation and is more suitable for creative people.
Polka-dot pattern
means unification of order and form, a funny effect, especially if the circles are large. Small circles stimulate smiling!