Man in suit and tie putting on a tie bar

7 Rules for Wearing A Tie

There are rules behind wearing neckties that determine if a man will be seen as sleek and stylish, or not.

The Length Is Important

After knotting your tie, the tip should always touch your belt line. A tie that is too long or too short looks bad and will affect your overall appearance. If you are 6-foot or taller or have a neck size larger than 18", consider using Extra Long ties.

The Width Matters

The width of your tie should match the width of your lapel. Skinny ties bring attention to a slim build and are more modern. Standard and wider ties compliment broad and athletic builds. 

Get The Knot Right

A consideration to take for the knot to tie is the collar of your shirt. The Windsor and the smaller Half-Windsor knots are suited for spread or cutaway collars that can properly accommodate larger knots. The asymmetrical Four-in-Hand Knot relies on a point collar to look balanced. 

The knot itself should be tied elegantly. It should be rounded, not squashed. A dimple below the knot levels up the whole look. 

Quality is Crucial

Readily seen in the fabric and the workmanship of the tie, the quality of your tie elevates or lessens you. 

Wrinkles are a Big Minus

Wrinkles are not to be seen in ties, and so opt for materials that are wrinkle-resistant and from which wrinkles are easily straightened out. Silk, wool, and microfiber ties are wrinkle-resistant, while cotton, linen and their blends are more wrinkle-prone. Neckties are most wrinkle-free if stored on necktie hangers.

Tie Bars Hold

Those shiny metal clips can do a lot of good in holding your tie in place, and improving the combination of your suit, shirt and tie. Position them between the third and fourth button of your shirt.

Pocket Squares Level Up

With a jacket, pocket squares can incredibly improve your appearance, adding contrast and a polished look. It should match the color of your tie but not be of the same exact material.