When it comes to picking out a tie or bowtie, there are many things to consider. Between size, length, style, and even how you decide to tie a knot, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Your tie is one of the first things people notice about your outfit. Here are a few pro tips to get you on track:
When it comes to proper tie length, there is one cardinal rule. No matter how tall you are, the tip of the tie should hit right at your beltline. Any shorter or longer is incorrect. If you choose to wear a tie clip, be aware that it will shorten the length of the tie and adjust accordingly while you are tying it.
According to GQ, your tie dimple is your secret weapon. It is the finishing touch that pulls it all together and is essential! Here is how to do it:
- When you’re almost done tying your tie, press your thumb against your index finger just beneath the knot, so the fabric forms a crease.
- Pull down the narrow end of the tie to tighten the dimple, and slide up the knot.
- Finesse either side of the dimple to accentuate the fold and set it in place.
In our opinion, the cardinal rule of bowties is never EVER wear a clip on! Any Man of Style would not dare to break this rule. A bow tie that you tie yourself is always the way to go!
When tied properly, a bowtie should be wide enough so that the edges line up between the outside of your eyes and the edge of your head. If it lines up with the inside of your eyes or your ears you will need to adjust.
There are many different ways to tie a bowtie and there is no correct answer to which one is the best. You will need to try a few different ones and find which one works best for you and the occasion. Three advanced ways are a twisted knot, a big knot, and a single end.
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