How long should a tie be?

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  1. GrassSnake

    GrassSnake Member

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    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.
     


  2. StumpjumperE

    StumpjumperE Senior member

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    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.
     


  3. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    you are correct, right at the belt line.
     


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    +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.
     


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


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    AlexE Senior member

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    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.
     


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


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


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    @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. [​IMG]
     


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    StumpjumperE Senior member

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    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?
     


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


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    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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    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.
     
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  15. chippneckwear

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    Ready made products, including ties, are made to work for the "average". I am 5'8"and the average tie length, including the ties made in my tie facility -chippneckwear - are too long for me.
    There is more than one way to accomplish what you want. You can tie a 4-in-hand and feed the tail of the tie through the label and bend the bottom of the tail up and pin it to your shirt with a safety pin. No one will know what you have done.
    I offer to shorten ties for those who purchase Chipp ties. I blunt cut shorten ties at no additional charge or re-cut to a point for $15.
    Paul Winston
    Winston Tailors/ www.chippneckwear.com
     


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