How to Tie a Tie
Tying a tie is an everyday habit for many men across the world, as common as brushing teeth or brewing your morning macchiato. But as many guys may know, getting the process right is more of a rigmarole. Just like coffee-making, it takes the right approach to produce a taste that’s smooth and satisfying, which is why Farfetch has stepped in to help you master how to tie a tie with expert precision.
We’ve crafted a handy video to talk you through tie tying with ease, but before delving into details, it always helps to get some inspiration from key icons who have made tie style their own.
Tie Style Icons
Tie-wearing greats can be found everywhere these days, from the well-informed realms of luxury fashion catwalks to the TV screen and through the street style blogger’s lens. But one of our all-time tie-wearing favourites has to be Cary Grant, who pulled off 1950s formal fashion with a suave sartorial swagger that is still relevant to today’s 21st Century man. We see Cary as a fine example of how to nail a timeless necktie look that is neat and classic, with clean lines and enduring shapes; his illustrious Hollywood career was replete with iconic moments of him wearing smart black ties with rigor and confidence, making him the go-to man to reference for a muted and masculine look.
The Modern Day Tie Heroes
Fast-forward to the modern day and tie-wearing icons are seemingly endless. Just look to the world of fashion as a perfect starting point, with Karl Lagerfeld and his lavish silk ties. Always one to make a grand entrance, he’s regularly papped wearing luxury silk knots that are tied with a sense of laid-back nonchalance that can only be achieved with the right insider knowledge. He’s certainly the one to copy for a statement-making look that will instantly grab limelight in all the right ways.
His attention-grabbing style tops fashion headlines almost as much as the slick street-style superhero Nick Wooster, who favours smart style over casual in a similar vein, but with a more grounded streetwear essence. Nick is the man who can show you how to tie a tie in a laid-back and relaxed fashion given his edgy but nonchalant approach to style; he pairs his ties and pressed shirts with fashion’s most coveted looks, from tropic Prada pants to table-cloth check Thom Browne blazers, while sporting his gritty tattoos and well-groomed stubble. The end result is always a rugged look that makes tie-wearing cool and definitely de rigueur for today’s modern day fashion dandies.
Other style heroes follow suit with similar panache, like curly-haired new kid-on-the-block Kit Harrington, who shot to fame in Game of Thrones and quickly ended up on GQ style covers. His preference for loose-fit skinny ties at glamorous award ceremonies has made him as striking as his on-screen character, who fights for the good side with a rugged yet stylish charm that makes him instantly relevant to today’s macho archetype. Modern day ‘Mad Men’ like Don Draper also spring to mind here with their slick ‘media mogul’ suits and colour-contrast ties, which are sharp, masculine and totally on-point from a pop-culture perspective.
With all of this style inspiration in mind, now seems the perfect time to get your tie look right, which is where Farfetch comes in with our tie-tying video. Simply watch, relax and learn to tie like a pro, and you may soon end up being as well-known for your tie-sporting style as these tie-wearing greats. Knowledge is power after all.