If there’s one accessory you don’t to skip when wearing a suit, it’s the necktie. Consisting of a slim and narrow piece of fabric that’s wrapped around the neck, it completes the man’s formal appearance. But if you’re unfamiliar with neckties, you may feel out of place wearing one. Don’t worry, because we’re going to walk you through the basic steps of wearing a necktie.
Getting the Right Length
Don’t underestimate the importance of wearing your necktie at the right length. The great thing about neckties is that you can adjust their length. So even if it’s too short, or too long, you can often make it fit by tweaking the knot. Ideally, your necktie should stop right at the top of your belt. If there’s any visible fabric between the bottom of your necktie and the top of your belt, it’s too short. Consequently, if you cannot see your belt because your necktie has extended beyond it, it’s too long.
Some men have a tendency to toss their neckties on the ground after wearing them. In doing so, it creates wrinkles that are hard to remove. So the next time they wear it, their necktie is a wrinkled mess. To prevent this from happening, always hang your necktie up on a coat hanger after you wear it. If you notice any wrinkles, use a steam iron to safely remove them.
Use a Tight Knot
I always cringe when I see someone wearing a necktie that’s wrapped loosely around their neck. Perhaps it’s more comfortable, but it looks like a mess. This is why you need to secure your necktie with a relatively tight knot. You don’t have to tie it so tight that it constricts your neck and causes pain, but your necktie should be tight enough to prevent any abnormal shifting when you move. Feel free to adjust your necktie to find the perfect balance between security and comfort.
Match Knot Size and Collar Size
A good rule of thumb to follow when choosing a necktie is to match the size of the knot to the size of your shirt’s collar. Certain shirts look better with certain neckties. You can match the two with relative ease by comparing the knot size to the collar size. If your shirt has a large collar, choose an equally large necktie. But if your shirt collar is small, choose a smaller necktie.