Whether it is the constricted feeling of having something wrapped around your neck that causes unease or it is an anti-fashion statement, at some point, probably all of us have rebelled against wearing a tie. Yet, a tie never goes out of style. In fact, in the right social situations, it is crucial to wear a tie. It can be the difference between making a good impression and a bad one.
There is a lot of conflicting information about the history of ties. Learning about them can be like analyzing the series finale of “Lost”: if you’re not careful, you might create more questions than you answer. This guide, however, will focus on providing answers: What is the purpose of a tie? What do they symbolize? And most important of all, how do you tie a tie?
Because a necktie is no longer a functional piece of apparel, it is used to express some aspect of self. The tie you choose to wear reveals a great deal about who you are. When carefully considered, a tie can be a powerful tool for expressing individuality. It can convey mood, status, personality, allegiance to a particular sports team and more.
While there isn’t a set of rigid rules, there are a few common perceptions to consider:
There are many types of knots that you can use to tie a tie. The most popular and the easiest knot for a beginner to tie, however, is the four-in-hand knot. This knot gets its name from a four-horse carriage. The knot resembles how carriage drivers would tie the reins of their horses together so they could control all four horses with one hand. Hence the name, “four-in-hand.”
To tie a four-in-hand know, follow these steps:
If you just can’t seem to get the whole tie-tying thing down, don’t worry. You do have options.
A. Regardless of the outfit, your body type, or the type of knot you use, the tip of the tie should come down to the top of your belt buckle when you are standing.
A. The purpose of a tie clip is to hold your tie in place. If you are wearing a sweater or a vest, you do not need a tie clip. If you wear a tie clip too high on your chest, it won’t hold the tie in place. It is important to remember that a tie clip shortens the length of a tie. If your tie doesn’t reach the top of your belt buckle when wearing a tie clip, you will need to make some adjustments.
A. The answers to this question range from “It doesn’t matter” to “It depends on your body type.” Somewhere in between, however, is a good rule of thumb. If you want your tie to look like it fits with your suit, it should roughly match the width of your lapel.
Once you become proficient at tying a tie, you may want to start a collection. When you do that, you will need a tie rack to keep all your options visible and easily accessible.
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