As trends come and go, it can be hard to keep track of all the tips and tricks for looking your best (fortunately, that’s what we’re here for!) One skill that won’t go out of style, however, is the art of tying a tie. From work to weddings and many places in between, gents have been sporting variations of ties since Napolean XIII, and we predict they’ll be doing it for many more years.
Read on for our 5 easy steps to tying a tie.
How to Tie a Tie
- Step 1: First things first: drape your tie around your neck with the backside facing up. The smaller end of the tie (aka a blade) should be slightly shorter than the larger end. Tuck the part that wraps around your neck under the collar. Make an “X” by crossing the smaller end over the larger end.
- Step 2: Then, wrap the large end of the tie over the small end. The front of the tie should be facing forward.
- Step 3: Still holding onto the larger end of the tie, loop it under the band at your neck. It should come out right at the front center of your collar, with the front of the tie on facing forward.
- Step 4: Pull the large end of your tie through the loop and tighten by pulling down on the larger end.
- Step 5: Adjust the knot so that the top lies smoothly, and be sure the smaller part of the tie is hidden beneath the larger section. That’s it—you’ve got yourself a simple tie knot.
How Long Should My Tie Be?
If you’re wearing a diamond tip tie, the tip of the front blade should hit right at the middle of your belt (hint: if you’re wearing a tie, that means your outfit is formal enough that you should be wearing a belt). If it hits below the belt, it’s too long; above the belt, and it’s too short. Rockin’ a vintage-inspired square tip? The edge should also hit at the middle of the belt.
Do I Need a Tie Bar?
A tie bar is generally worn for business formal or special occasions and ensures your tie stays put all day long. It’s also an easy way to add some extra personality to your look. Be sure the bar or pin is fastened to both the tie and the placket of your button-down, and fasten it between the third and fourth buttons of your shirt. It should generally be about ¾ the width of your tie.
When Should I Wear a Tie?
Rule of thumb: wear a tie only with a button-up or button-down shirt. As long as your shirt has a fairly sturdy fabric, it’s fair game to wear a tie with it (looser fabrics like 100% linen are often too soft to support the more tailored style of a tie.) Try a printed knit tie with a crisp white button-down, Chukkas and a dark wash jeans, then layer on a knit blazer for extra style points. Dress code more formal? Pair of silk tie with a button-down dress shirt, chinos and polished oxfords.
A tie is an easy way to add extra style points to your outfit and show off a bit of your personality (we love printed and colorful ties, too!). Request one in your next Fix!