GUIDE: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TIES
How do you tie a tie properly?
A well-dressed gentleman with a good tie never goes out of fashion. The iconic menswear item looked dapper on Cary Grant back in the 30’s and 40’s, and today it still looks tremendous on style icons as Nick Wooster and Sam Lambert. But there are definitely some certain basic rules to remember and some skills that every man should possess, when he decides to wear a tie.
First of all, tying a tie is one thing every man should be familiar with. For some it’s a everyday routine. For others, it’s reserved for special occasions. Regardless of your relationship to the tie, it’s a great idea to become an expert in tying the right knot, finding the right length and choosing the best styles.
Therefore we will share our thoughts about how you wear a tie the best and most stylish way.
So, how do you tie a tie? It’s a recurring question, but if you ask us it’s quite simple. Actually there are more than 30 different knots, but if you ask us – and of course you do – you really only need to know one. Forget all about those fancy tie-knots. If you want to look cool and contemporary with a tie, all you need to know is the four-in-hand knot. It’s simple, skinny and stylish. Learn it, don’t forget it and always use it. Then you are a long, long way. Probably always way ahead of your neighbor or co-worker.
The 7 easy steps to a great knot:
1. Start with the widest end of your necktie on the right, extending about 20-30 cm below the narrow end on the left – the length depends on your hight.
2. Then cross the wide end over the narrow end.
3. Turn the wide end back underneath the narrow end.
4. Continue by bringing the wide end back over in front of the narrow end again.
5. Then, pull the wide end up and through the loop around your neck.
6. Hold the front of the knot loosely with your index finger and bring the wide end down through the front loop.
7. At last, remove your finger and tighten the knot carefully to the collar by holding the narrow end and sliding the knot up.
The length of your tie means the world – even if you got the knot right. It looks sloppy if it’s either too short or too long. But how do you know when it’s the right length? Use your belt as a guideline and let your tie fall just above it – neither more centimeters above or below. It’s all about the small details, and this one is definitely an important one.
Now that we already are talking proportions, lets talk some about the width. A quick rule is: Never let your tie be to wide! A rule to remember is that your tie should be between 4,5 – 6 cm wide. Why not wider? Because with more skinnier ties, with the measurements listed, you have the options to play with colours, fabrics and patterns without the tie becomes to dominant and conspicuous.
The Knitted Tie Always Works
We love all well-designed ties. And in all (almost!) fabrics: Silk, linen, wool, cotton etc. But nonetheless the Knitted Tie just always works. Wearing this type of tie makes you look well-dress and elegant, but at the same time you manage to radiate a relaxed approach. The knitted tie is easy to dress up and down as you want. Combine it with your finest suit or just go for the casual look – the choice is yours. And for the first time users of ties, the knitted one is a great place to start.
To make sure that you really nail the Tie-game, here are 5 quickies. Do these and you can officially call yourself a pro:
1. Never ever wear a tie with a untucked shirt.
2. Always combine a tie with a tie bar.
3. Ties and pocket squares needs to be in different patterns, fabrics or colours.
4. Make your knot look tight.
5. Let the fabric of your tie reflect the season