Dressing Crisp - Tie your ties differently

Dressing Crisp – Tie your ties differently

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In our last blog we talked about different ways to accessorize our suit, in this one we will get more in depth and microscopic.  A tie is the one truly masculine accessory that men have which can add a lot of different things to your outfit depending on the occasion.Ties are great because they can really dress up your shirts in a simplistic way.If you don’t like being knotted all the way up to the neck, pulling it out a little bit is a great way to make the most formal of outfits look a bit more relaxed and casual.    This blog will inform you about various ways in which a tie can be knotted and worn. A tie knot can change a whole look of a suit . Different knots can be tried for different occasions.  

How to Tie the Four-In-Hand Tie Knot Also known as the “schoolboy,” this is probably the most widely used tie knot because it’s so easy to tie. It’s a good tie knot to use if your tie is made of heavier material. It looks best with smaller spread collars. Instructions:

  1. Drape the tie around your neck. The wide end should extend about 12 inches below the narrow end of the tie. Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end.
  2. Turn the wide end back underneath the narrow end.
  3. Continue wrapping the wide end around the narrow end by bringing it across the front of the narrow end again.
  4. Pull the wide end up and through the back of the loop.
  5. Hold the front of the tie knot with your index finger and bring the wide end down through the front knot.
  6. Tighten the knot carefully to the gills by holding the narrow end N and sliding the knot up. Center the knot.

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How to Tie the Half- Windsor Tie Knot This is the Windsor Tie knot’s little brother. Like the Windsor, you’re left with a symmetrical triangle tie knot, but the Half Windsor is not as large. This tie knot is appropriate for lighter fabrics and wider ties. It’s best worn with a standard collar. Instructions

  1. Drape the tie around your neck. The wide end should extend about 12 inches below the narrow end of the tie. Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end.
  2. Bring the wide end around and behind the narrow end.
  3. Bring the wide end up and pull it down through the hole between your collar and tie.
  4. Bring the wide end around the front, over the narrow end from right to left.
  5. Bring the wide end up back through the loop again.
  6. Pull the wide end down through the knot in front.
  7. Tighten the necktie knot and center it with both hands.

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How to Tie the Windsor Tie Knot The Windsor necktie knot gives you a wide triangular tie knot that’s good for more formal settings. This tie knot is best worn with a wide spread collar. Instructions

  1. Drape the tie around your neck. The wide end should extend about 12 inches below the narrow end of the tie. Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end.
  2. Bring the wide end of the tie up through the hole between your collar and the tie. Then pull it down toward the front.
  3. Bring the wide end behind the narrow end and to the right.
  4. Pull the wide end back through the loop again. You should have a triangle now where the necktie knot will be.
  5. Wrap the wide end around the triangle by pulling the wide end from right to left.
  6. Bring the wide end up through the loop a third time.
  7. Pull the wide end through the knot in front.
  8. Tighten the knot and center it with both hands

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How to Tie The Shelby Tie Knot The Shelby knot is a more obscure knot and was popularized by anchorman Don Shelby in the 1970′s. It works best with wider ties that are made from heavier material. Instructions

  1. Start with the tie draped inside out around your neck, wide end on the right.
  2. Bring the wide end under the narrow end.
  3. Bring the wide end up and pull it down through the loop between your neck and your tie. After you pull the wide end all the way through, bring it to the left.
  4. Bring the wide end over the knot to the right.
  5. Pull the wide end up through the loop between your neck and your tie.
  6. Thread the wide end through the knot and pull tight. Center as needed.

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Ways to wear a tie

Grab yourself a knitted black, navy or dark red tie and pair it with your plaid shirts and jeans. Either have the colour of your tie match a colour on the shirt or go for a brightly multi-coloured ‘spring’ plaid and rely on the neutral colour of the tie to anchor it.

Reach for a casual oxford-cloth shirt in either white, blue or pink stripes and match it with a rep tie that is of a complimenting colour. Remember is to keep it all in the same ‘family’ so if it’s a pink shirt try a red and navy stripe tie and keep the width of the stripes more than the ones on the shirt. 

Ties with cardigans are a great look! Keep the shirt simple and give yourself a chance to get experimental with the tie.You can go for some grey chinos, a plain white shirt and a grey/blue plaid tie with a navy cardigan. But it’s really up to you and what suits your tastes so try every weird and wonderful club and rep tie you can get your hands on and see how it looks! 

And finally, don’t underestimate a simple shirt and tie combination. A complimenting shirt and tie combination you like and where it with your favorite pair of jeans, brown loafers and pea coat while the winter remains for an simplistic, easy and well-put together look that never goes out of style.

Posted in Accessories, Formal on Jan 23, 2014

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