Tie tips Lalle John­son

Stylist/de­sign con­sul­tant

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How should you tie a tie?

There is only one way, a sim­ple four-in-hand knot. There are so many thick ties in cir­cu­la­tion to­day where al­ter­na­tive knots such as half-wind­sor and Wind­sor are far too wide. With a very thin tie a good tip is to in­stead make a dou­ble four-in-hand which fills out the knot some­what.

What is the big­gest mis­take men make?

Very few men re­ally know how to wear a tie. First of all they do not draw the tie tight enough which makes it fall flat. A qual­ity tie should have an el­e­gant fall with a stylish hol­low be­low the knot. My tip is to in­vest in a qual­ity tie. It has so much more life than a polyester tie.

Who are the lead­ing tie-wear­ers of our time?

Dead heat be­tween Prince Charles and Gianni Agnelli. Prince Charles ad­mit­tedly uses a halfWind­sor knot, but he pulls it tight which gives a neat and el­e­gant re­sult. Agnelli cer­tainly showed that the tie is not only a mat­ter of cor­rect ty­ing, but how one ac­tu­ally wears it. Agnelli had a pen­chant for slightly thicker cash­mere ties and al­ways had a nice fall where the tie came out from the col­lar.

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