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How to Tie a Mens Tie

Updated on February 16, 2015

Mens Tie Guide

Do you want to look debonair by wearing a men's tie but don't know where to begin when it comes to selecting a tie and have no clue on how to tie a men's tie? If so, don't despair, this guide was designed specifically to help the guy that wants to learn how to tie a tie quickly, how to choose the right men's necktie to pull off the look your going after, and how to coordinate the colors of a tie with the rest of your men's apparel. You're certainly not alone if you don't know how to tie a tie, it is confusing to many very educated men. Step by step instructions follow on how to properly tie a tie and how to match a tie to any dress shirt, simply. Add the finishing touch to your men's suit by properly coordinating your dress shirt with this much needed men's fashion accessory that will complete your look and you are sure to turn heads your way.

How to Choose a Men's Tie

Buying a Necktie

Let's face it, men's suits are all pretty basic and are available in the classic black, browns, tans and whites. Whereas, a men's tie on the other hand is one of the few fashion accessories that that allow you to get really creative with your look and are available in formal men's clothing. Neck ties come in a variety of fabrics, colors and patterns, offering a wide selection for any man to represent his tastes and fashion sense.

First thing you should know when purchasing a tie, before anything else is that you should choose the proper tie length and width. For the most part the tie length of 54 inches and tie width of 3 1/4 inches is considered to be the average. After it's ties, it should hang one to inches above the belt line. You don't want it too low or too short, this just look ridiculous.

If your in search of a quality tie, (as you should be), examine how the tie feels in your hand. A quality tie will feel luxurious to the touch and will consist of three, not two, pieces sewn together. Remember that when it comes to price, you get what you pay for. If your budget allows you should own a few designer neckties. Believe me, it will make all the difference in your look. Good names to look for are Salvatore Ferragamo, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, David Donahue, or Armani.

Make sure to examine the tie's lining, this provides its shape and bulk. A quality-made tie should be lined to the tips, preferably with material that has a high percentage of wool. Then, find a loose thread in the back of the tie, called the slip stitch and give it a gentle pull. When pulled, the slip stitch of a well-made tie will cause the tie to come together in folds. If the tie doesn't come together, its of poor quality.

Hang the tie over your hand. The narrower end of the tie should lie squarely behind the middle of the wider end; ties that hang in this manner will lie flat on your chest. Avoid ties that twist when draped over your hand.

Show your personality, your necktie is the perfect canvas.

Matching Your Tie - What Color or Pattern Tie to Buy

Choosing a Men's Tie

Which Tie To Choose

You've got the suit, you've got the shirt, and now you just need the men's tie to bring it all together. But which men's tie is the right one? In a nutshell, the proper necktie should act as both a unifying element and also a focal point for the rest of what you're wearing. Still confused? Just follow the advice below.

Men's Tie as Unifying Element

In order to be a unifying element, the men's tie you select should typically include the colors of both the clothing with which it is worn (meaning suit, sport coat, dress slacks) and also the dress shirt. So, if you are wearing a navy blazer and light blue shirt, look for a men's tie with navy and lighter blue elements.

The only minor exception to this is if you wear a white dress shirt. While it's still often a nice touch to wear a tie with some white in it, you can wear ties without white with a white dress shirt, provided the tie incorporates the color of the rest of your clothing in its design.

Men's Tie as Focal Point

For the most part, you should select a men's tie with a pattern. You can choose a tie with a pattern composed of the shirt and clothing colors. However, the focal concept means that it is generally preferable if the neckwear also incorporates additional accent hues in the pattern. So for that navy suit and light blue shirt outfit, you're not just looking for a navy and light blue tie, but maybe one with some yellow accents or a red stripe.

Save solid ties for formal wear (tuxedo use) or for wear with patterned dress shirts, or at least for only the most dressy, semi-formal suit occasions. And while the monochromatic look (same color of shirt and tie) was popular a few years ago, it has waned, so you should give serious thought before you pair a solid tie with a solid shirt of the same or substantially similar color.

Pattern Ties on Pattern Shirts

Finally, concerning patterned ties with patterned shirts (meaning stripes, plaids, etc.), the basic rule is that the patterns should be selected carefully so that they do not interfere with one another and create a busy look. Striped shirts call for smaller neat ties or smaller geometric patterns.

And please think solid suit when working with patterned shirts and ties. As you can imagine, unless you are an exceptionally deft coordinator, the combination of patterned suit, patterned shirt, and patterned tie is pretty much guaranteed to be overwhelming and headache inducing - not quite the look you were going for.

An exceptionally crafted necktie belongs in every man's closet.

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Fashion Accessories for Men

Looking for a men's necktie for that special occasion, the office, or for a night out on the town? Look online for a nice selection of ties for men. Remember, these are men's accessories that are sure to be exactly what you'll require to add the perfect finishing touch to your overall look.

Choosing the Right Necktie Color

Select the pattern of a tie by choosing shirt and tie patterns to coordinate, not work against each other. A subtly striped shirt can back a boldly striped tie, while a louder colored shirt demands a subtle colored tie.

How to choose the proper color of a tie is easy if you follow these simple rules. The most commonly worn light blue dress shirt will coordinate well with almost any tie. Teaming a light colored shirt with a darker colored tie always looks good. Limit any patterned articles to never more than two per outfit. Say if the mens sports jacket and tie are both patterned, opt for a solid shirt and pants.

A more conservative tie is required for job interviews, business, and formal dress. Choose a tie with subtle patterns and colors, preferably solids. Flashy patterned ties are appropriate for casual wear.

Now that you know how to match a tie, go shopping and enjoy the wide variety of fabrics, styles and colors offered by menswear designers that will help you create a successful image.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Ah Classygal what a truly classy men's tie display you have created. Wonderfully refreshing.

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      6 years ago

      I just reakized I haven't tied a tie in years!

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      6 years ago

      Helpful lens. I will be passing this on to my son.

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      6 years ago

      Hi CassyGals, thanks for stopping by and liking and blessing my lenses. I really appreciate you taking the time to check them out.

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      6 years ago

      The right knot will work every time. Great Lens! More power to all the Tie lovers.

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      7 years ago

      Very helpful to have videos of different knots instead of only diagrams. Nicely done.

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      7 years ago

      I love your lens. I am in the process of creating a 4th wedding anniversary gifts lens and one of the modern gift suggestions is silk. I have added your lens as a feature to my lens. Thank you.

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      7 years ago

      For some reason, i always forget how to tie a tie... I always need 3 or 4 trials before getting something decent !

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      7 years ago

      Sure do! :)

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      7 years ago

      I Know How To Tie A Tie

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Wow your step by step diagrams are great. They make it even more understandable than watching someone tie one. Nicely done :)

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      sorana lm 

      7 years ago

      No I don't but I can use your diagrams. Thanks. Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      I confess that I do not ... but thanks to your diagram I will master the technique. I'm left-handed and all thumbs when it comes to ties. I even bought my step-son a clip-on tie for his musical performances! Happy new year!

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      7 years ago

      A very well structured lens, with great videos & content. Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      8 years ago

      great lens!I have also done a lens on mens neckties and have have added this lens to my lensroll.


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      8 years ago

      This is a terrific "how to" lens. So many folks don't know how to tie a tie. Great job! 5*****

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      9 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group


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      9 years ago

      Great stuff, I wish more younger guys were to learn to properly tie a tie! I learned when I was about 14 . . .

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      9 years ago from Lancaster PA

      I wondered who was going to tackle this topic and you are the perfect one to do it!

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      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Casual is nice, but a man in a nice suit with the perfect tie, well I like it! Congratulations on the purple star!

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      9 years ago

      Cynthia, Congratulations on your Purple Star Award - Kathy

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      9 years ago from Royalton

      Love all those cool ties! Does the guy at the top come with them?

      Congratulations on your well deserved Purple Star!

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      9 years ago

      Amazing thanks for the information

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      9 years ago

      It's funny that I happened to be knotting my Windsor when I came across this lens. I can tie a tie in 3 different ways, but it really depends on the material of the tie and the style of the collar on the shirt. I am about to go to a 9 o'clock business meeting, so I am wearing a black and grey pinstriped Ralph lauren single breasted suit with a grey fitted RL shirt and a black and silver swirl pattern tie by Jones New York. Sound good?

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      9 years ago

      Useful lens.


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