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Why can't i get a dimple?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by curt222, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. curt222

    curt222 Active Member

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    I am going crazy with the fact that I can't get my tie to dimple. I've tried putting my finger under the knot and tightening it, but whenever I do that I get a loose indentation that won't stay. Do I just have two left hands (apologies to the lefties out there who can dimple their tie)?

    Any advice on getting a nice dimple in my tie would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Yosarian77

    Yosarian77 Well-Known Member

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    It's a lot easier to get the dimple with a half Windsor, I have found. It's pretty hard to get a dimple with a four in hand knot. To get a dimple with a 4-in-hand, you have to make the knot entirely too tight, which looks silly, in my opinion.

    Try a half-windsor and a bet you'll get the dimple pretty easily.
     
  3. dah328

    dah328 Well-Known Member

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    In my experience, thicker ties dimple better, too. Those cheap, thin, silk ties don't knot nicely.

    Regards,

    dan
     
  4. Steve B.

    Steve B. Well-Known Member

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    Try pinching it slightly between your thumb and forefinger, thumb and forefinger resting on outer edges. That usually works for me...
     
  5. Zubberah

    Zubberah Well-Known Member

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    The easy way - buy a Richard James plush silk woven tie - perfect dimples every time.

    Otherwise do the pinch test as noted above with forefinger and thumb.
     
  6. PeterMetro

    PeterMetro Well-Known Member

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    I sometimes pinch with my thumb and middle finger, and use my index finger to push the middle of the tie in, thereby creating the dimple.

    As yes, thicker ties dimple better, while wool knit ties don't seem to dimple at all.
     
  7. gregory

    gregory Well-Known Member

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    I do this too. Sometimes I succeed [​IMG]
     
  8. curt222

    curt222 Active Member

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    Thank you all for the advice. It seems like the thicker knot I use the harder it is to get a dimple. I was able to get a dimple with the four in hand but because I am short the ties tend to be too long. I am having a harder time with the half winsor, but I'll keep trying.

    Thanks again.

    Dan
     

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