For the second post of today I bring you the logical counterpart: neckties. For a business staple, many men still get this garment so badly wrong, so keep these quick tips in mind at all times.
I’m off to enjoy the remaining minutes of sunshine before the inevitable British weather takes hold. Hope you are all having a great weekend wherever you are in the world.
Until next time, enjoy…
1. Go for fine fabrics
Whilst ties are available in a range of textiles, silk is much easier to handle than wool. That said, polyester and nylon rarely look anything more than shiny and synthetic.
2. There’s nothing wrong with a ‘Four in Hand’…
It’s simple, stylish and timeless. There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with sporting the ‘Four in Hand’ knot, plus it works particularly well with skinny ties.
3. …But, there’s more to life than just ‘Four in Hand’
Don’t be afraid to try out the like of the Shelby or Half Windsor once in a while; there are plenty of online resources teaching you how to tie a whole range of knots.
4. Practice your knots
There’s little worse, fashion wise, than a badly knotted Windsor. Avoid those unwieldy and swollen knots by tying with care and attention.
5. Keep your length consistent
Your tie should just touch your belt and never too far above or below it. Anything too long or short looks ridiculous.
6. Always keep things simple
Don’t wear boldly contrasting patterns and colors together; that is to say, never put an orange polka dot tie with a yellow paisley shirt or vice versa.
7. Never reveal your neckline
Always ensure your shirt’s top button is sealed when wearing a tie for business; similarly, if the tie doesn’t hide the neckline your knot is too loose.
8. Check yourself
Unless you’ve looked in a mirror before leaving the house, you’re not ready to go yet. Always adjust and straighten your knot when leaving for work in the morning.
9. Tie color is important
Remember, colors say different things about your personality. Generally speaking, the accepted rule is plain, conservative reds and blues for job interviews and black for a funeral.