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How long should a tie be?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

What are peoples thoughts on tie length?  I usually look to have the end of my tie sitting on or just above my belt buckle, but see many people with significantly shorter ties?

 

I'm very much a newbie on here so any advice is much appreciated.

post #2 of 14

I think your way is correct.  I'm short and struggle to find ties short enough.  I like to do a skinny not or 4-in-hand but those tend to leave a long tie, so sometimes I have no choice but to do a half Windsor (hope I have all those names right... My point is I have to do a tie with a fatter knot to 'use up' more of the tie).

 

I like it to where it's just hitting the belt line.

post #3 of 14
you are correct, right at the belt line.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post

you are correct, right at the belt line.

+1.

OP, welcome to SF!

BTW, StumpjumperE, from someone in the same situation, you may want to have a tailor or alterations person shorten your ties by removing part of the middle section where the sections are sewn together.
post #5 of 14

You are correct. As long as your tie hang somewhere above or on the belt buckle, you are okay. 

post #6 of 14
A rule, you frequently find, is that the tip of the tie should touch the belt buckle SOMEWHERE when you are standing. So you are fine.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post

you are correct, right at the belt line.
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post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys!  Good to know I'm not totally clueless!

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by GrassSnake View Post

Thanks guys!  Good to know I'm not totally clueless!

 

You're in luck as there is a wealth of knowledge on these boards. 

post #10 of 14

@Johnvw, yeah I might need to do that.  Sometimes I actually hide the back side of the tie in my shirt or tucked it in my trousers, I'm aware that's probably pretty lame to do that.  shog[1].gif

post #11 of 14

By the way, I occasionally see pictures of models with the back (skinny) side of the tie hanging down slightly below the front part of the tie to where you can see a little of it.  Is that some sort of 'fashion forward' thing?

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by StumpjumperE View Post

I think your way is correct.  I'm short and struggle to find ties short enough.  I like to do a skinny not or 4-in-hand but those tend to leave a long tie, so sometimes I have no choice but to do a half Windsor (hope I have all those names right... My point is I have to do a tie with a fatter knot to 'use up' more of the tie).

 

I like it to where it's just hitting the belt line.

Try an oriental knot. I'm short as well and I find it's a good middle ground in terms of shape/length.

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by StumpjumperE View Post

By the way, I occasionally see pictures of models with the back (skinny) side of the tie hanging down slightly below the front part of the tie to where you can see a little of it.  Is that some sort of 'fashion forward' thing?

 

Yes, it is kinda fashion forward (often) and can be very stylish (seldom). Generally though, unless you are well versed in these things. I would say you should just do an extra 'round turn' in your tie knot to use up the length.

 

Edit: To answer the OP's question, an ideal tie length would be so that the tip just touches the belt buckle.

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Originally Posted by Johnboy View Post

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Originally Posted by StumpjumperE View Post

By the way, I occasionally see pictures of models with the back (skinny) side of the tie hanging down slightly below the front part of the tie to where you can see a little of it.  Is that some sort of 'fashion forward' thing?

Yes, it is kinda fashion forward (often) and can be very stylish (seldom). Generally though, unless you are well versed in these things. I would say you should just do an extra 'round turn' in your tie knot to use up the length.

Edit: To answer the OP's question, an ideal tie length would be so that the tip just touches the belt buckle.

If I may add another $0.02, if the wearer is wearing braces (which should not be worn with a belt) or pants with adjustable tabs, the tie should be the same length--to the top of the waistband.
Edited by johnvw - 10/12/12 at 3:36pm
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