Ties 101Submitted by krisna on Saturday 11th December 2010
- How to tie the Four-In-Hand, the Windsor, the Half-Windsor, the Bow Tie and the Ascot.
- How to fold a Pocket Handkerchief.
- The anatomy of a tie.
- Useful tie terms.
- Tie care tips.
The tie -- Corporate America’s one tip of the hat to a man’s right to self-expression. Alas, with the exploding popularity of casual and business-casual offices, even this last vestige has been taken from the working man. In today’s world, even if a SharpMan wanted to learn more about the tie — where would he go? As usual, fear not: This issue’s SharpGrooming brings you the information inquiring SharpMen need to know about the creative noose around men’s fashion neck:
How to Tie the Four-in-Hand Knot:
How to Tie the Windsor Knot:
How to Tie the Half-Windsor Knot:
How to Tie the Bow Tie Knot:
How to Tie an Ascot Tie:
How to Fold a Pocket Square:
The Anatomy of a Tie:
Other Useful Tie Terms:
Ancient Madder — A technique used to artificially soften and "age" the look and feel of tie fabric.
Apron — The widest end of the tie. Usually the area where pizza grease first lands.
Ascot — A wide scarf originated by the British and worn with a wing collar shirt. Today, the ascot is worn with an open collar shirt by Englishmen, yachters, and the truly affected.
Bar Tack — A wide stitch on the back bottom of a tie connecting the body and pocket. Good quality ties always have a bar tack. Ties of the very best quality will have the bar tack sewn in by hand in a heavy yarn.
Bolo — A type of tie made of a thin leather strap clasped together by a sterling
silver ornament, often with a chunk of turquoise or other decorative element in the middle. Made popular by Americans in the southwest, but, according to one Texas SharpMan, about "30 years out of style." Sorry J.R. Ewing.
Bow Tie — A thin tie knotted with two loops (see How to Tie a Bow Tie Knot above). Derived from a French tie called a jabot, and more recently associated with Bond, James Bond.
Brocade — A type of heavy tie fabric with a raised design.
Club — A common tie design featuring many small, repeating animals, figures or objects.