GUIDE: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TIES
Because the small details make the difference. This is all you need to know about ties. From the correct length and width to how to pick the right tie depending on the season.
Video: How To Tie a Tie
All You Need To Know About Ties
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 such as Nick Wooster and David Beckham. There is just something about wearing a tie. When you put on a tie, you mean it. You are ready to conquer the day. When it comes down to it, the tie does not really have a practical function, yet in terms of style it still functions like a full stop on the end of sentence: a final definitive flourish that says, “I am now (well) dressed”. It’s a sign of effort and good manners. 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. For example, choosing the right type of tie depending on the season, finding the right length and wide of the tie and how to tie it perfectly. So follow us in this step-by-step guide to make sure your look gets compliments for all the right reasons.
How Do You Tie A Tie Properly?
First of all, tying a tie is one thing every man should be familiar with. For some, it’s an 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 with all the weird names. 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 and 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. It’s one of those things that can really get an argument going (okay, perhaps that’s just us). Old-school bankers usually wore ties that were between 8-10 cm. Now, that’s a lot. And that’s something you should never do. We beg you! A quick rule is to never let your tie be too wide! You don’t want the tie to look like you are wearing a bib like a baby. We prefer ties that are between 6-7 cm wide. Why not wider? Because with a skinny ties you can more freely play with colors, fabrics and patterns without the tie becomes too dominant and conspicuous. Despite you wearing a magnificent tie, you don’t want that to be the only thing people notice.
Use your bodytype to choose what width is good for you. If you are skinny and wears a size small or medium when it comes to shirts, don’t wear a tie that is wider than 7cm, otherwise the tie and your body isn’t in proportion. If you have broader shoulders, you can wear broader ties, but usually it doesn’t suit you still. Our opinion is clear – a tie should never be wider than 7.5cm.
When In Doubt: The Striped Tie
You can get ties in all sorts of materials and patterns. And many look amazing. However, there is one tie you can always go to. Whether it’s for a business meeting, a night out with your friends or to a hangover, the striped tie simply works every single time. It’s a piece that has stood the test of time and is both elegant and classic. Likewise, it compliments just any shirts and suits, which makes it easy to integrate into your wardrobe.
The Knitted Tie Always Works
We love all well-designed ties. And in (almost) all fabrics: silk, linen, wool, cotton etc. But nonetheless the Knitted Tie just always works. Knitted ties can be the perfect balance-item between formal and casual. They can be used to dress down your formal attires or to smarten up your casual ones. It’s that type of item that works just as great paired with your finest suit as it does with a pair of chinos, a casual shirt with rolled-up sleeves and a pair of sneakers. And for the first time users of ties, the knitted one is a great place to start because of its versatility.
Six Quickies To Become A Pro
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 wear a tie with a untucked shirt.
2. The tip of the tie should hit right at your beltline.
3. Combine a tie with a tie bar. The tie bar is what makes shirt-and-tie combos come to life.
4. Ties and pocket squares needs to be in different patterns, fabrics or colours.
5. Make your knot look tight. The bigger isn’t always the better – especially not here.
6. Let the fabric of your tie reflect the season. Wool ties are insanely cool – but only during winter.