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To dimple or not dimple

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by javyn, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. javyn

    javyn Stylish Dinosaur

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    I've noticed that hardly anyone I see dimples their ties, especially while wearing a wider, Windsor knot. I love the way the dimple looks and do it to all my knots, even on the bad days where I can't get it right in the middle and it ends up being on one side or the other. (Sometimes the sloppiness seems to work somehow too, so I leave it.)

    What do you all prefer, especially with the full Windsor?
     


  2. Kent Wang

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    A dimple also helps to arch the tie properly.
     


  3. gdl203

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    what does "forward thrust" mean?
     


  4. javyn

    javyn Stylish Dinosaur

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    What do you think about the thrust/inverted dimple. I think it looks kinda crappy, but it seems to be the most popular way.

    Instead of dimpling the bottom of the knot, poofing it outward is what I meant by 'thrust' sorry.
     


  5. Renault78law

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    What do you think about the thrust/inverted dimple. I think it looks kinda crappy, but it seems to be the most popular way.

    Instead of dimpling the bottom of the knot, poofing it outward is what I meant by 'thrust' sorry.

    you mean double dimple?
    [​IMG]
     


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    LabelKing Stylish Dinosaur

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    It seems to me it's because most people's tie knots are too limp. This is a sort of thrust: [​IMG]
     


  7. javyn

    javyn Stylish Dinosaur

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    Like the middle of that double dimple, but with no dimples at all. Just convex.
     


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    you mean double dimple?
    [​IMG]


    If this is what was meant by "thrust", I would have to change my answer to that one. I don't like my dimple to be centered and I like assymetry, so I always form the dimple on one side or the other (but only rarely both like that picture)
     


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    Like the middle of that double dimple, but with no dimples at all. Just convex.

    wow - I'm completely lost. I have no idea what you mean now
     


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    I always dimple, but I'm going to start experimenting with the pleated look ("double dimple") shown by Renault78law with some of my lighter-weight ties.
     


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    I sorta thought double-dimpling was definitely substandard--a real sartorial faux pas--although I have noticed the some of my ties seem to have a real propensity for double-dimpling. I can remember that when I met Andy Gilchrist for lunch, I was very embarrassed that my necktie was double-dimpled.
     


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  13. javyn

    javyn Stylish Dinosaur

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    Hey gdl203, imagine tying one with no dimple and then pinching the bottom of the knot so it bumps outward. I tried tying one just now like that myself to snap a pic of but I couldn't do it! I guess dimples are unavoidable b/c of my left handed freakishness or I just need practice (Not that I will, I don't like the way it looks anyway.)

    Perhaps what I've seen are the double dimple but with the dimples on the sides so small that I haven't noticed them. What is noticeable is the prominent bulge outward in the middle by pinching.

    I don't know what the correct name for it is, or if there even is one, but I saw one site describe it as "thrust" and liked that term.

    A description from this site

     


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    you mean double dimple?
    [​IMG]


    That looks like a failed knot, something that I'd retie.

    Here's a photo of AlanC's beautifully executed double dimple, though he claims it was happenstance.

    [​IMG]
     


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    I'm definately a fan of the single dimple, although a tie is an organic thing; some simply have natural tendency to default into a double dimple.
     


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