Titles considered for this post: "Knot just any old tie.", "Something tie die for.", and "Mark Graham is the bestest." - but then i thought "what am I, The Sun? Hell no, I'm at least Guardian standard!" so I just stuck with one that does exactly what it says on the tin. And besides, everyone knows I'm the bestest anyway, right?
For quite a long time, the tie was often considered your anchor to the more boring aspects of your life. I'm talking about work, meetings and school debs (seriously, one of the best nights ever *cough, cough*). I'm sorry, that was inappropriate. For numerous generations, success was often deemed achieved once you didn't have to wear a tie to the office anymore, let alone a suit. But luckily, all of this has started to change. For many people who have or are getting into this whole menswear gig, ties are making a sort of resurgence. Even guys who have absolutely no reason to wear a tie are starting to rock them every day. Hell, I'm wearing one right now and everyone knows my only requirement at this given time is to sit in my pants and blog. This is probably where some cool kid would insert YOLO, right?
Anyway, the point is that the tie is probably the one and only essential masculine accessory a guy can wear regularly and completely change his look each time. Rather than having connotations of boredom, it now communicates creativity and self-expression through different colours, patterns and prints. It's the difference between 'I have to wear this to work' and 'I just want to wear a damn tie!'. But that should not be where it ends. As we all know, the way in which you wear an item of clothing is just as important as what item of clothing you wear. So, rather than just simply knotting up the same old way - four in hand or windsor - lets take a look at a few different ways to tie your tie, in order to let your inner self become more visible.
Making the tail longer is the easy one. Simply, just invert the front and back length. This can be done by making sure both ends are nearly the same length before you set about tying your knot. It can communicate the perfect amount of nonchalance in any look you are going for.
Matching your tie with your suit is probably the simplest to pull off but the most difficult to find. However, for those of you who are willing to put in the time hunting down a tie of the same fabric, this can add some real symmetry to your look.
Giovanni Agnelli made the method of 'twisting' most popular. All you have to do is pull out the tail and head from each other so they are side by side. This is easiest to do at the knot and done by twisting it, hence the name. This is best done with a thicker tie and fuller knot, not the skinny hipster ones. This kind of look looks perfect with a suit, suede shoes and a colourful pocket square - the perfect form of formal sprezzatura.
And of course for those of you who just don't really care: loosen the tie, undo your shirts top button and walk around like an absolute legend. While you're at it, undo your cuff buttons too.
And probably my favourite one: the tuck in. This is probably more on the fashion forward end of the spectrum for ties, so do make sure you dress accordingly. I think that this looks best when paired with a patterned fitted short sleeve shirt, dark neutral dress trousers and a 'look at all the f*cks I give' attitude. All you need to do is take your tie and tuck it into the space between your second and third button of your shirt.
So, there you have it, a few ways to add a bit more creativity and personal expression to the way you wear your tie. Figure out which way you like the most and it will quickly become your own personal trademark for everyone who meets you. Or just keep them guessing and mixing it up.
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