Tie Tips: A Visual Guide
Proper Tie Length. Tip of tie comes right to the top of your belt buckle. Tie a little long? Use the Windsor Knot – it uses more fabric. Tie a little short? Use the four-in-hand knot – it uses less fabric.
Proper Tie Proportion. A large man should choose a slightly wider and longer tie. A petite man should look for a slightly shorter and thinner tie.
Picking the Right Tie Know for the Right Collar. Narrow spread or button collar – use four-in-hand. Medium-width spread collar – use Hald-windsor. Wide spread collar – use Windsor.
A Quick Tip on Tie Width. For an average-sized man, shoot for a tie that’s about 3-3.75” wide. For a quick comparison, hold it to a dollar bill. If the tie is close to Washington’s nose, you’re safe. If it extends past the portrait frame or is behind his head, consider passing on the necktie.