Or you can just tie a couple of knots in it, if you're not particularly attached to the tie in question. It also helps if it's a narrow (3 inches wide or less) tie, and it helps even more if you happen to be Fred Astaire. Â
If you grew up in Massachusetts, hung out with Kip, Cammie, and Kitty, and summered on the Cape, Nantucket, or the Vineyard, then the tie-as-belt is always en vogue. It provides a nice change from grosgrain or J.Press belts with spouting whales, crossed racquets, or mallard heads. I do agree, though, that it should be a tie you don't care about...they get pretty wrinkley around your waist. Ryan
OK, I finally saw this. Maybe I was more observant after reading about it here, but I saw a young woman at the mall wearing a blue and white striped tie as as belt. She had it threaded through a belt buckle in front. Interesting look. Scott
Tie as a belt? I did this in high school on non-uniform days when I forgot that it was a non-uniform day. Dumb-looking even back in the eighties. These days, I only see this look being sported by corporate- goons-in-the-making-looking fratboy/jock/preppy types. Oh, did I just show bias?
I second LA Guy. The tie as a belt look is not the greatest look. If you are looking for a preppy look, perhaps a ribbon belt is more desirable. As with any look, if one goes overboard with the look, it just looks weird. So, in my opinion, just consider a ribbon belt. I dunno if you were looking to go for a prep look so this is just a small suggestion. Hope this helps... -HitMan009
ARISE FROM THE DUST, YE HERETOFORE DECEASED THREAD OF YESTERYEAR. in the for-what-it's-worth department: i visited j.crew today and saw the staff had bedecked several pairs of men's chinos on display with their (women's?) tie-belts. they were colorful, i thought. i had previously thought they were marketed to the women, judging by their latest catalog. however they had some in the belt rack beside the men's POS, so maybe they had a change of heart. In addition they had some spiffy new pocket squares, very colorful with stripes, offered at $22US. /andrew the necromancer. ('there are some who call me..."tim"...' - m.python)