And no, this is not an homage to Fifty Shades of Grey…:) I know my friends, and know they will mention this. As I always say, “there’s an elephant in the room…it needs to be addressed”. And yes, I read all 3 of those books in less than 2 weeks, as referenced in previous blog. 🙂
During the week at my house, it’s typically just Patrick and I, as Mer Mer is at IU, and Kevin is in San Francisco. So, when Patrick needs to wear a tie, when they have home games for Lacrosse, and needs a bit o’help, it falls on my shoulders. Kevin has never required help tying his tie (one of the benefits marrying a much older man 🙂 ), so I truly didn’t have much experience doing so. I thought, perhaps others are also in my shoes, so wanted to share some of the Tie Tips I’ve found.
How to Tie a Tie
How to Tie a Half-Windsor Knot
And for those who need even more guidance, here’s a YouTube video…chosen based on # views, and for a Standard Windsor knot…which seems to be the knot of choice!
Bow Ties! – a very basic illustration on how to tie a bow tie!
How to wear a tie clip – Now that we have the windsor knot down Pat (pun intended)…we needed to address the Tie Clip! Patrick indicated he wanted to wear a tie clip, with his perfectly knotted tie. I suggested he wear it on the smaller part, so as not to be seen (like Kevin does), but he said, “no Mom, it has a design, I wear it so people can see it”. And he’s right. Note to Kevin (sadly, he won’t see this as he is not a follower of this blog).
Some rules regarding wearing a Tie Clip
• “We see guys wearing their tie bar too high or too low all the time. The rule is simple: It goes between the third and fourth buttons of your dress shirt”.
• “It may sound obvious, but a tie bar doesn’t just clip the front end of your tie to the back-end. It fastens both ends to the placket of your shirt.”
• “Finally, never wear a tie bar that’s wider than your tie. That’s the worst! Keep things narrow.”
Tie Tacks – an ornamented pin with a receiving button or clasp that is used to attach the two parts of a necktie together or to attach a necktie to a shirt. I’ll be brief re: these…because you have to push the pin through the tie to make it stay, I’m not a fan. Why would one put a hole in a silk tie? Exactly! So, no tie tac. This picture is of a ladybug tie tack. Hmmm.
I’ve mentioned this before, and I’ll continue to mention this…Men – If you do not have a pink tie in your repertoire of ties, You are Missing the Style Boat!
Other Fabulous Ties
Keeping it in Proportion
Knowing how to tie a tie is one thing, knowing which knot to wear with a particular collar is another! Our friends at J. Hilburn, have developed a helpful guide to take the mystery out of this question all men must have! This is available in a handy pdf, which you can download right here:
Happy MANic Monday, and a very Happy 4th of July week!!
- The Perfectly Tied Tie (answers.com)
- Tie it is a Knot – Tie it in a Bow – The History of Neckties (rubylane.com)