Guide to the Perfectly Dimpled Tie
While necktie newbies are concerned with mastering a decent looking tie knot, the experienced tie wearer obsesses about perfection. One of the key elements of a good looking tie is the knot. Does the knot match the tie design? Does it coordinate with the shirt you are wearing? Is the knot styled to perfection? Below are tips for those who want to improve their tie tying skills.
Choosing a Knot
Did you know that there are hundreds of ways to tie a tie? Reading about all these knots might be interesting to the tie aficionado, but for the average man it might seem a little overwhelming and even discouraging. Therefore, we at Ties-Necktie.com give instructions on the most important five tie knots. Still too many? Then you should know how to tie a tie in two different ways. One smaller and narrower tie knot (four in Hand, Pratt Knot) that suits dress shirts with narrow spread collars and button down collars, as well as one larger tie knot (such as the Shelby, double Windsor knot, and Prince Albert) for wide spread collared shirts.
Making a Dimple
Some men’s ties will be easier to dimple than others. Ties made from a woven silk fabric that has some texture will be easiest since the coarser fabric texture will help keep the dimple in place. Unfortunately, the ties that are hardest to dimple are also the ones that look the best when tied with a dimple. We are talking about solid color ties. The dimple is almost a must have when wearing a solid necktie. It adds nice texture to the fabric and gives the tie a very classy shimmer.
To make a dimple is actually quite simple. Tie your tie as normal but do not tighten the knot quite yet. Before you pull the knot tight, pinch the tie with on both sides while making a crevice along the center. It should look like a “W”. Do not worry about damaging the tie. A quality necktie will fall back into its original shape no matter how serious the dimple. The crevice should go all the way through the tie knot. Ideally extend it to the back of the knot. The further the crevice goes in and behind the knot the more likely it will stay in shape. Now pull the knot tight while keeping one finger in the crevice. Pull out that finger as the knot tightens. Pull tight and give the knot a pinch from both sides to further emphasize the dimple.
Your Ties-Necktie.com Team