Good Tie Etiquette: The 5 Dos and Don’ts of Wearing a Tie
Don’t be ashamed if you’re not sure how to properly wear a necktie. After all, there are fewer instances these days where a tie is mandatory. However, a well-rounded gentleman should always learn the basics of neckwear.
Simply follow our five guidelines and you’ll be guaranteed to be the one man in the room who knows how to wear a tie properly.
Only Purchase Ties of the Correct Length
You want to purchase a necktie that’s the correct size. The accepted standard length of a tie is 57-59 inches. However, several manufacturers produce ties in both extra-long lengths as well as shorter-than-average lengths.
Shorter men tend to need shorter ties, but that’s not always the case. Choose the size of the tie according to the length of your torso rather than your overall height.
Make Sure Your Tie Ends Where It Should
The bottom tip of your tie should intersect your belt. Sadly, it’s far too common to see tie-wearers trying to compensate for having a too-long tie by tucking the excess material in their pants. This look is not going to win you any fashion awards.
The comic reverse to the too-long tie is the too-short variety. This problem is almost exclusive to exceptionally tall people or people with extended torsos. It’s impossible to appear dapper and sophisticated when your tie ends somewhere around your rib cage.
Match Your Knot to Your Collar
You want to pair the right kind of tie knot with the appropriate shirt collar so that the match appears natural and doesn’t draw too much attention to itself.
All business shirt collars can be grouped broadly into three categories: classic, narrow, and spread. Let’s match them with the three most popular tie knots: four-in-hand, half-Windsor, and full-Windsor. The four-in-hand is the smallest of the three, while the full Windsor is the largest.
A shirt with a classic collar easily accommodates both a four-in-hand and a half-Windsor. However, a full Windsor with a classic collar can appear over-stuffed. It’s like encountering a Saint Bernard in a one-bedroom apartment. It’s best to use a full-Windsor with a spread collar.
A full-Windsor also tends to look better on guys with large frames. If you have a small or narrow face, a full-Windsor can be overpowering.
Narrow collars are best with four-in-hands. Most of them can also work with a half-Windsor.
Choose the Right Material
Men often make the mistake of wearing a super-shiny satiny tie for every occasion. However, ties with that level of sheen aren’t intended for business or casual situations. They’re more at home during weddings and other formal events and celebrations.
Business ties favor matte finishes or subtle sheens and are generally made of silk or wool. Both fabrics offer a wide range of designs and textures. For example, if you want to add variety to your wardrobe, check out these knitted ties.
Handle Prints and Patterns Carefully
Ties for the office are typically understated. However, tie-wearers in highly creative fields might prefer flashier neckwear as an additional expression of their artistry.
If you work in a more conservative environment, avoid novelty themes. Your board of directors may not care for your collection of Bugs Bunny neckties.
How to Wear a Tie Is Easy to Learn
Why not bookmark this article and refer to it again and again until the information becomes second nature? Soon, you’ll have the reputation of the well-dressed man that others ask for advice on how to wear a tie.
Keep reading this site for more helpful fashion tips and tricks.
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