In honour of National Necktie Day, which happens to be on October 18, 2017, it’s only fitting to talk about the different fashion mistakes men often make when attempting to wear ties. Neckties, in particular, are a tricky breed for a lot of men, especially young professionals who are novices in the workplace, because they’re often wrongfully associated with old-fashioned trends. Luckily, with the help of a highly skilled men’s personal stylist in Toronto, you can learn how to properly tie a necktie, choose the right length for your body type, and choose matching patterns and colours.
The following list of crimes against neckties should easily help you determine whether or not you’re guilty of committing a major fashion blunder and learn how to avoid doing so.
Improperly Tied Knots
The rule of thumb when it comes to tying a necktie is to make sure that it’s not too tight or too loose around the collar. You want to make sure that there’s no visible gap or space between your shirt collar and the tie itself, but that you’re still able to breathe and move comfortably. A loose necktie makes you look sloppy while a tight one can cut off your circulation and neither one is a good alternative.
Extensively Long or Short Neckties
Nothing keeps professional personal stylists awake at night more than the thought of a necktie that’s too long or too short for their clients. And with the wide variety of necktie lengths that are currently on the market, there’s no excuse for wearing a tie that’s too short or too long for your frame. It’s important to always get measured and properly fitted before purchasing a suit ensemble in order to avoid this type of fashion debacle. The tip of a necktie should always comfortably rest right at your belt buckle, not higher or lower.
Mismatched Patterns and Colours
Not only do mismatched patterns and colours make you look disorganized, uncoordinated, and all-around sloppy, but they’re also an eyesore for the people around you. That’s the last impression you want to make on potential clients, business associates, and superiors. It’s important to put together an ensemble that’s fluid and full of patterns and colours that complement one another rather than clash. On top of that, the suit and tie you wear should also be appropriate for the event you’re attending. A clean, formal look is most suitable for the average workday, business meetings, or networking events while bright colours and interesting patterns would be more appropriate for a fun night out. Either way, you should always try to incorporate your own personal sense of style into your look.
Wrinkled or Stained Neckties
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Wrinkled or stained neckties simply look cheap and unprofessional. Unfortunately, you can’t really wash a necktie because even the most delicate of cycles or hand washing could destroy the fragile lining, but you can smooth out the wrinkles by hanging them immediately after taking them off or letting them hang in the bathroom while you take a shower. The steam from the hot water will flatten out the wrinkles. However, there’s not much you can do to remove stains from a tie short of taking it to a trusted dry cleaner.
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