what to do with a flacid tie

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ihavezippers, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. ihavezippers

    ihavezippers Active Member

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    I searched the forum and didn't see anything specifically on point to my tie's performance issues. I have a silk Armani tie I like a lot. It isn't wrinkled per se, but it looks pretty limp and pathetic---I guess better put, in comparison to many of my newer, crisp/sharp ties, it is lacking (both in form/body and in the cloth texture itself appearing unkempt).

    In reading threads on wrinkled ties, it seems steaming is the best way to handle wrinkles, and that dry cleaning a tie is not advisable. In the case of my tie however, I'm reluctant to steam it (don't need it to be any more 'relaxed' than it already is) and my first thought is to starch/press it.

    Any suggestions on returning this tie to its former glory or is it time to retire it?

  2. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Those ties, if memory serves, Armani labels as 'cravat'. Check your label. While not a true cravat in the proper sense, the silks are very thin, the ties wide and drape well. They are supposed to be limp. If a cravat wanted to be a modern tie, it would be an Armani Cravat. These are not to be compared with seven fold ties. They look best on gents with long hair. They also work very well with a waistcoat. You can hang them on your shower rod after a shower and the residual shower moisture helps relax the wrinkles. If you ever take an iron to them, don't iron the edges and use low heat and a light touch. Hope this helps.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2012

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