Pick the Right Tie
Let’s Chit-Chat is on “How to pick the right tie?” Okay, men this blog is for you all. Ties come in a large variety of colors, design, fabric, and even cut. Because there are so many choices most men have difficulty making a decision when browsing the tie racks. While personal preference is important, there is more that goes into choosing the right tie. Below are three essential tips to help you choose the perfect tie.
The most important thing you should consider when choosing a necktie is proportion; that is, the length and width of the tie, and how they relate to a person’s size/build. There is nothing worse than seeing a short tie on a big/tall guy or a extra long tie on a short guy. If you are not sure of the length checkout this link Tie Length Calculator
Let’s chat a little bit about tie width. The bigger man typically looks better with regular width ties (3.25 to 3.75 inches) while shorter and/or thin men can add a trendy touch by wearing skinny ties (2 – 2.75 inches). Besides your build, the type of jacket you wear needs to complement your tie. As a good rule of thumb: The narrower a tie the narrower the lapels of the jacket should be.
Now, let’s chat about tying your tie in the right proportion. First, the tie should be tied to end near the center of your belt buckle. Second, the size of the tie knot should fill the gap between your collar – making larger tie knots (such as the Windsor) more suited for spread (aka cutaway) collars.
It’s important to realize that there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” color, as each ensemble and event dictates the need for certain color palettes. For example, a black tie event calls for just that (black tie), with other tie colors being off limits. Semi-formal “suit and tie” scenarios, on the other hand, offer up a great deal of other possibilities. As for the most popular colors; deep blues and reds are at the top of the list. These colors tend to represent professionalism and confidence, and are ideal for those who are trying to draw attention in their direction. If you are wanting a more casual approach to wearing a tie, you can experiment with practically any color to see whether or not it is a good fit for your outfit. Always strive to choose ties based upon seasonality; pastels and light colors in the spring/summer, rich earth tones in the fall/winter.
Once you have a thorough understanding of which colors to choose and when, you should move onto choosing the right pattern for your tie. There are a variety of different schools of thought regarding how to properly pair a patterned tie with an ensemble, but perhaps the most important thing to understand is that the pattern of your tie should not otherwise be present in the rest of your outfit (otherwise, clashing will almost always occur). For example, a striped shirt will look great with a dotted tie, yet not with a striped tie. Stick to semi-patterned ties at first, which are far easier to pair than those with loud patterns; thin/wide stripes, dots and checks are all excellent options. Of course, the simplest pattern of all is that of the solid-colored tie, which also happens to be the most versatile. If you feel as if a pattern you’re considering might be too “loud,” it likely is, and you’ll do best by just moving on.
7 Style Tips for Large Men
Whether you’re round-bellied, broad-shouldered, big-bottomed, or all three you can be fashionable just like the rest of the men.
1. Clothes must FIT
How your clothes fit is the most important thing. If you’ve got bulges, wrinkles, or sagging cloth, it’s going to make your outline look sloppy. On a large man, the effect gets amplified, and it looks even worse. Many large men dress in clothes that are several sizes too big, thinking they are disguising their physique. Baggy clothes don’t fool anyone and in fact draw more attention to your weight while downgrading your overall appearance and the impression you make. The better the fit, the more comfortable your clothes feel, which is good for your mood and for your appearance.
You want the cloth to rest lightly on your body — not hugging it tight and not hanging off your skin with visible folds of extra cloth. The odds of finding something with a perfect fit off the rack are pretty low, so get to know a good tailor. Simple adjustments like hemming trousers or taking a shirt in at the waist are cheap fixes — usually $10-20 — that can make generically-sized department store clothes into well-fitted garments.
If you’ve got a big frame, you’ve also already got an imposing presence. Dress simple, so that it doesn’t become an overwhelming effect. Keep the patterns to a minimum. Solid clothes help compliment your shape.
3. Light Weight
Thick, heavy cloth accentuates your size and makes you look bulky. A smooth, light fabric that drapes in clean lines is always going to make a large man look (and feel) better than something chunky.
4. Choose the Right Clothing
The best clothes are ones that give a clear, clean, defined shape to the body. That puts suits, blazers, and sports coats right at the top of the list: these are going to “frame” the body and make it look neatly self-contained.
In addition to jackets, smooth slacks (as opposed to jeans) give a nice, clean front, and in colder weather a long overcoat is a great way to make a solid impression with your whole body.
5. Well Groomed Facial Hair
Number five, grow a bit of facial hair. Now I’m not talking a huge ZZ Top beard. What I’m talking is a very well-groomed, smaller bit of facial hair that’s going to help cover maybe the double chin that you have. It’s also going to maybe elongate the face a bit.
Whenever you look at a man, you look at his face and whenever you see a guy that has a very carefully groomed facial hair, you instantly equate, okay, this guy pays attention to the small details. It’s a double-edged sword. You have to take care of your facial hair because if you don’t, you’re going to get the complete opposite effect.
6. Wear Large Accessories
Number six, large accessories. Now, most accessories out there are made for regular size guys. You want larger accessories that again are going to match the proportions. Make sure your watch, make sure rings, make sure any jewelry, any accessories that you have are a bit larger to match your overall size.
Because think about it, what makes a tall man look like a giant? It’s actually the size of his head in proportion to his body. Because his head is smaller, it makes him look like a giant. You want to make sure that your other accessories don’t make you look like a giant.
7. Wear Untucked Shirt Styles
Number seven. A well tailored shirt that you can wear untucked. Many of you are already wearing shirts untucked, t-shirts especially. Now I’m not talking about t-shirts. You want to look at something like a guayabera or another shirt that you can wear untucked. There’s a number of shirts that can — in a sense sports shirts and what you’re looking to do is just to go a couple of inches past where your trousers are at.
You’re not looking where I see oftentimes men — where they screw this up is that they wear the shirt way too long. Make sure that your shirt, when you’re going to wear them untucked in, for a larger man wearing an untucked shirt is fine. Make sure to wear an undershirt or anything in case you raise your arms up or you’re on an airplane and you’re helping somebody up, you don’t want to give a belly flash there.
But guys, make sure the shirt is tailored. Have it adjusted on the bottom. Tailors can do that and go a couple inches past. In fact a great way is just to raise your arms up over your head and as long as you’re not exposing your midsection, it’s probably a good length.
How to do a Windsor Knot?
1. Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end on the left. The tip of the small end should rest slightly above your belly-button (this will vary depending on your height and the length & thickness of your tie). Only move the active (wide) end.
2. Wide end over the small end to the left.
3. Up into the neck loop from underneath.
4. Down to the left.
5. Around the back of the small end to the right.
6. Up to the center, towards neck loop.
7. Through the neck loop and down to the right.
8. Across the front to the left.
9. Up into the neck loop from underneath.
10. Down through the loop you’ve just created in the front.
11. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up & adjust.