Being a Man 101: How to Tie, Wear, & Care for a Tie

September 9, 2011 1:21 am Posted by

What’s up Fellas. Below is a link for a video called “How To Tie a Tie.” Its a video that I chose to give you all some pointers on how to tie. Below are some important tips on how to wear, and take care of a tie as well.  Even if you prefer a hoodie and jogging pants, or Jeans and a White Tee, every man needs to at least own two suits. At the very least a man should have a suit to wear on an interview, and a suit to wear to a funeral.  In more recent times like today, men don’t always wear full suits all the time, but its good to have them on standby when you need them. You never know when you’re going to get that business call, so be ready bro!


L.A.D.Y. Inc Motivator M.A.L.E. Coach


Wearing a Tie

  • Avoid wearing clip-on ties, they are unprofessional.
  • The front point of your tie should be just long enough to touch the waist of your pants.
  • Your tie should be darker than the color of your shirt.
  • Avoid wearing ties that are too bright.
  • The general width of a tie is 3.5 inches, this width will not fall out of style.
  • The width of a tie should be approximately the same width of the coat’s lapel, if the lapel is wide, the tie should be wide and if the lapel is narrow the tie should be narrow.
  • The knot of the tie should be proportional to the collar, it should not be too big where it spreads the collar or forces it open and it shouldn’t be too small that it becomes lost in the collar.
  • The color of your tie should not clash with your outfit but the colors should not be so similar that they fade into the suit.
  • The main color of a patterned tie should complement your suit and the secondary color should pick up your shirt.
  • The texture of the tie should go with your outfit, for instance a shiny silk tie should go with a shiny silk shirt and a wool tie should be worn with a wool suit.
  • When wearing a shirt, tie and jacket wear up to a maximum of 2 patterned pieces unless you have a very solid fashion sense and know how to mix and match well.
  • Tie your tie in front of a mirror to ensure proper tying.
  • Make sure your shirt is buttoned up and have the collar up before putting on your tie.
  • Keep the knot of the tie tight throughout the tying process.

Caring for your Necktie

  • A properly cared for tie can last you virtually forever.
  • Hang up your ties, it helps take out some of the wrinkles. Knit ties can be stretched when hung, so gently roll them up and store them in a drawer.
  • Hang ties up on a rack designed for that purpose. Ties slip and twist on hangers, and will probably fall off.
  • Rolling up the tie from the narrow end first and leaving it for a couple of days will remove wrinkles in the tie.
  • Storing ties out of the light prevents fading.
  • For traveling, loosely roll ties and place them inside a pair of socks or use a tie case.
  • Cut any loose threads on your tie. Pulling them can do major damage to your tie.
  • Don’t wear the same tie twice in a row, ties need time to return to its normal shape.
  • Always unknot your tie when you are not wearing it, leaving it knotted can damage the tie and cause create permanent wrinkles.
  • To untie your tie, reverse the tying procedure. Pulling the smaller end through the knot can cause the tie to stretch out of shape.
  • Don’t wad up your tie, it twists the lining inside of the tie and damages it.
  • Steam your ties, try to avoid ironing your tie. Hard ironing flattens the body and can cause the material to shine.
  • To steam your tie, hang it in the bathroom when showering or hold your tie over a boiling pot of water(don’t let the tie touch the water) on the stove to steam out the wrinkles.
  • If you find it necessary to iron the tie, cover it with a cotton cloth to protect the fabric then iron it on a low setting.
  • Do not wash your tie, most ties will shrink unevenly when washed in water due to different shrink rates of the various materials inside of the tie.
  • Do not bring your tie to commercial dry cleaners, when ties are pressed, the inside “gum” of the tie becomes damaged and silk ties will lose their luster
  • Be careful not to get any cologne on your tie when putting it on, cologne can damage the color of ties.
  • Do not rub stains, it causes fabric abrasion and loss of color, instead blot the affected region.
  • If there is a stain on your tie, blot the area and let it dry, then gently scrape the surface with your fingernail or rub the small end of the tie on the stain.
  • More serious stains can be removed with spot remover or other mild cleaning agents. Test the remover in an inconspicuous area (such as the back of the tie) first to make sure the remover won’t damage the tie.

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