When I first learned to tie a tie, years ago, no one mentioned a dimple or taught me to look for it. But after a short while of being observant I noticed it, and for several years you would not find me in a tie without a dimple perfectly in the center.
Then a couple years ago, on TV, suddenly no one's tie had a dimple any more. In GQ as well, or perhaps they never did. What in the world was going on?
It took me some time to adjust, but I've decided that depending on
-how you tie your tie
-the specific tie
-what you're wearing
-the look you're going for
-whether you're casual, formal, or somewhere in between
dimple or no dimple is an option. I've discovered if you dont pull your tie tight you get a fatter knot, and this looks cleaner with no dimple. If you're going to tie it tight you need the dimple or it will look silly.
The other unspoken reason lots of people dont, is that cheap ties dont dimple well. Takes a lot of effort.
WHY does GQ never/hardly ever dimple?