Jos A. Bank Clothiers
2200 S. Randall Road
Algonquin, IL 60102
Jos. A. Bank is not just another menswear retailer. What makes them unique is also what has attracted customers to their stores for over 100 years; a heritage of quality and workmanship, an extensive selection of beautifully made, classically styled tailored and casual clothing, and prices typically 20 to 30 percent below their competitors’. Add that to an expert staff of sales professionals who prize service and customer satisfaction above all, and you get the idea.
How Long Should a Tie Be?
A well-tied tie can be the unsung hero of a formal outfit – an inexpensive accessory that can instantly add a pop of color and class to your ensemble, and turn casual attire into an outfit that is fitting for a black-tie affair.
Ties trace all the way back to Roman soldiers, who would wear specific ties as part of a uniform or a symbol of belonging to a particular group. Through the years, ties became associated with class and nobility, worn mostly by the upper-crust of society when attending formal occasions. It wasn’t until the late 1800s that ties became an accessory of the common-man, with workers in the industrial revolution seeking out neckwear that was comfortable, easy to put on, and would last an entire workday. The long-standing formality of the tie was shed, and men all over the world were adding neckwear to their outfits.
This day in age, a tie is rarely more than an accessory – the proverbial cherry on top of a well put together suit.
Styles change over time, and as such, the generally accepted length of a necktie has also varied. In the 1930s men wore their ties barely to their belly buttons, and as years passed neckwear gradually became longer and longer.
The general contemporary rule of thumb is that your tie should fall right at the top of your belt buckle, regardless of tie length, style of the tie, or how tall you are.
Caveat: If you are wearing a vest, and don’t plan on taking it off, the cleanliness of your tie knot is more important than the length of the tie.
The skinny end of your tie should never be longer than the wide blade, and the thin blade should always be hidden or clipped to avoid being visible.
But My Tie is Too Long!
If you are having trouble getting your tie to be the right length then it is likely time to experiment with a different type of knot. If your tie is running long, switch to a half- or full-windsor knot. These knots use more fabric and will result in a shorter tie.
But My Tie is Too Short!
A tie that falls above the belt is not a good look and should be reserved for clowns and Merrill Hodge. If your tie is coming up short, try using a four-in-hand knot because it uses less fabric, and will leave you with a longer tie.
Now that you’ve perfected how to tie your tie to achieve the proper length, it’s time to graduate to bow ties. Good luck!