HOW TO WEAR A TIE AND LEAVE A LASTING IMPRESSION
Your choice of tie tells a story about you and in particular, how you wear it. It may help you get that job, catch a future partners eye, or even allow your staff/colleagues to know your mood.
In this post we want to share 4 key aspects to consider when wearing your tie, highlighting a few do's and don'ts throughout.
1. TIE LENGTH
The length that you wear your tie is easy to get wrong, but also easy to fix. Have a look at the below images.
TOO LONG – President Trump regularly sports his red power tie but the length he wears it is definitely too long and a bit of a fashion faux pas in men’s dress etiquette.
TOO SHORT – Great shirt and well fitted but the tie…well…comes up a little short!
JUST PERFECT – Harvey Specter is simply the man we would all love to be or have a drink with. His character not only never loses a case, but never loses his style. Quoting in the first series of SUITS, “We’re in the business of convincing people to do what we want. And like it or not, people respond to how you’re dressed.”
He certainly has our attention! In this image you can take away the perfect length of how you should wear your tie. The point of the blade positioned just over the waistband of his trousers towards the centre of the belt. Perfect.
2. WHICH KNOT TO CHOOSE
Not only does your choice of tie say a lot about you but did you know that your knot is also quite important?
The “Four-in-hand” is also known as the simple knot. It is one of the very first types of knot that the majority of men are taught as a child. This knot is simple, modest and still one of the most common in modern day. With its Asymmetric look and being very efficient to tie, it shows that although you are fashion conscious, you like making fast decisions , you like its semi-formal look and you do not fuss about perfection. Be careful with this knot as if not tied with care, it can look a little unprofessional especially when too lopsided. This kind of knot is perfect for our textured ties, keeping the knot less bulky and allowing the texture to show off.
The Full Windsor
Large and symmetrical, this is the most formal knot and perfect for interviews, weddings or any occasion when you want to impress. For me personally, it’s my go-to knot. It shows that you care about your look, you pay attention to detail and gives a sense of power. This one is worth learning how to tie! Especially if you like wide spread business look collars.
The Half Windsor
The Half Windsor is a little easier to tie than the Full Windsor making it very popular in the fashion world. Not as formal as the Full Windsor as it leans towards a medium sized knot, it is still symmetrical and shows that you care. This knot is also less bulky than a Full Windsor and suits a medium to wide spread collar.
NEVER wear a clip-on! As much as they may be functional they scream youthful / immaturity or even out right laziness.
3. CHOOSING YOUR COLOUR
I’ll keep this part simple. Colours can tell someone more about your personality than you think...
Red = Business, Authority, “Power Tie”
Blue = Approachable, Peace and friendly
Dark Blue/Navy = Similar traits to the “Power Tie”, Knowledge
Orange = Fun, creative and enthusiastic
Purple/Pink = Flamboyant, confident, friendly
Green = Nature, elements, earthy
4. ATTENTION TO DETAIL – THE DIMPLE
The final point to take note of is the dimple under the knot. Once you get the hang of this, it looks great! This shows that you are willing to take that extras step and pays attention to a high level of detail. Its worth it, we promise.
We believe that neckties are an essential part of any gentlemans wardrobe. As you have read above, many aspects of wearing a tie allow individuals to express themselves and show off their flamboyance, sense of fashion, assert authority or simply leave a lasting impression. Dress for the job you want, not the one you have!