19 Mar

Given I wear a suit everyday to work I have become meticulous about the details, most importantly the tie selection and the knot used.  I’m a big fan of the Full Windsor Knot (see image below):

Full Windsor

However this can be difficult to complete if the fabric of the tie is too thin or it is not long enough.  I also have a large neck which only complicates things further.  Despite these challenges I go with this knot because it accentuates a complete and polished look.   What I will not do; is ever wear a “skinny” tie as I consider them to be casual wear and flimsy. Often their fabric is cheaper and are usually are tied very sloppily, I prefer a crisp look. Skinny ties are more appropriate for men that elect to go with very form-fitting pants or jeans.

We have seen a lot of “fashionista” men embrace bow ties recently which is okay.  However, in the gentlemen’s code of dress, if it is a clip-on you are playing yourself.  Furthermore, traditionally bow ties are considered to be more formal than ties, yet we have flipped the script and made them casual.  Let me offer some coaching, if your shoes & belt are not of the same quality of your bow tie, you look foolish.  Lastly, if you can’t tie the aforementioned full windsor knot above you probably should not have that bow tie on. So next time you want to present that fashion forward look, ask yourself “is it you”?

Is it You?

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