• Feb 19, 2016
  • by The Dealer

The necktie. It is the quintessential men’s fashion accessory and nearly every man has at least one in their wardrobe. However popular neckties may be, it often escapes the minds of most of us how a tie should actually fit. There’s more to a necktie than simply wrapping and knotting it around your neck. The knot, length and width all play important parts in how dapper you appear while wearing a necktie.

What’s The Fuss? It’s Only a Tie, You Say

So, what’s all the fuss about? A necktie can make or break your ensemble. An ill-fitted tie can leave you looking unpolished or it could throw off your entire look altogether. Usually, the necktie is the first thing a person notices when they see you. Why go through all the hassle of knotting a tie, if it doesn’t complement the attire or throws off your style?

Mens tie knot

Size Does Matter

When selecting a tie, size does matter. Your physical size, along with the size of your lapel and shirt collar, should all be taken into consideration when choosing this key accessory for a men. Generally the larger and broader the man, the wider the tie should be and vice versa. If you’re wearing a jacket with narrow lapels, your necktie should be narrow as well. You see, when it comes to wearing a necktie, it’s all about proportions.

Mens Tie in Suit


Length Matters Too

After knotting, your tie should be centered with the wide part hitting your waistline. This may be a problem for you taller gents, who find average ties lengths (57”-58”) a tad bit too short. If that’s the case, you’ll need an extra-long necktie between 61”-63”.

 Ties of Varous Lengths


All Ties Are Knot the Same

Yes, there is more than one way to knot a tie. If you’re not familiar with the different versions, a simple Google search will rectify your curiosity. Whatever knot you choose, remember to keep proportions in mind. The knot of your tie should fit snugly into your collar. This means that larger knots look best with spread or cutaway collars.

Multi-colored ties for men

So there you have it, the beginnings to a perfectly fitted necktie. Remember, the necktie game is all about proportions and keeping them in line. Hopefully after reading this you’re ready to take on the necktie, or at least go tie shopping.