Category: Necktie Knots

5 Unusual Tie Knots to Learn and Master

So if you’re a member of Spiffster, you probably already know some basic tie knots. Whether you regularly sport the Windsor knot or Four-in-Hand knot, it’s good to learn a few interesting knots for more casual occasions. You’ll turn some heads for sure. So without further ado, here are some interesting ways to tie a neck tie knot:

1. The Onassis Tie Knot

This is one of the oldest ways to tie a Knot, the Onassis knot was introduced in 1989 by the Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. You might also strike up an interesting conversion. There are two ways to tie this knot; one is the full Windsor base which is said to be the best way, as it keeps the knot firm and it comes loose on its own. Furthermore, it is easier and keeps the Onassis Horizontal and another way is the four in hand base. They both look the same, but the Windsor base is more symmetrical.

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2. The Cape-Knot Tie Knot

Feeling like a superhero? The cape-knot tie knot might be one of the most attractive ways to tie a Necktie Knot and might make you feel faster than a speeding bullet. It can arguably be worn on any occasion, such as as a wedding or work. It is best suited with a stripe pattern or mono-colored ties. It makes the pattern look unique. It works well with thicker ties, as compared to any standard tie length.

3. The Linwood Taurus Tie Knot

One of the most difficult knots to tie, the Linwood Taurus knot looks like the horns of a bull and sometimes looks like the hands of the trophy. It is mostly worn at parties and informal events. It’s a wise decision to combine it with a vest. And because the knot is so wide, try to use this knot with shirts that have wide collars. Looks amazing with a plain color design.

4. The True Love Tie Knot

Want to show off your romantic side? The True Love knot is another tough way to tie a knot. It needs a lot of practice to get it right. It is divided into four portions, which gives it a heart shape. All the extra cloth tucks into the collar. This knot accents the style statement of a person and hence, is very popular an unusual knot. Save it for a Valentine’s day date.

5. Ediety Tie Knot

Also known as the Merovingian Knot as it was worn by Merovingian in The Matrix. A very unique looking tie knot; it looks best when worn with a two tone tie. It can either be of two different designs or two different colors. The Ediety knot looks decent and fancy with a sweater or a vest. This knot came in to prominence during the early 1920s. Many famous personalities in the past have worn it and made it famous.

How To Keep Your Neck Ties In Great Shape

Getting ready for a social function, you realize your blue-green plaid neck tie would be the perfect complement with your light green dress shirt. You hunt for it in your closet, only to see that it has fallen victim to the carpet floor and has developed some creases! Oh the horror. You realize the unfortunate situation has taught you one important lesson: Keep your ties well-maintained and organized! Although, most of us don’t own a tie rack to keep our neck ties in tip-top condition, we’re here to offer you tips so you won’t be stuck in that horrid situation ever again.

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Untying the tie

As soon as you get off work, the first thing that you would love to do is take off your tie and throw it on a chair so you can relax. However, if you could take an extra minute to accomplish this procedure it will make all the difference. A few things to remember:

  • Never pull the thin part out of the knot when removing the tie
  • Never leave the knot in the tie when not in use because it will create a permanent crease
  • Always remove the tie by following tie-tying steps in reverse

Storing the tie

Once you are done with removing your tie, make sure that you hang it up. It will make the creases fall out and you will notice a reduction in the wrinkles of the tie. You should never leave your tie at the back of the chair or rolled up in a drawer. You can invest in a tie rack like Aidan here to ensure you ties last for a long time!

Packing the tie

When you are away from home on business, sometimes it’s better to take multiple ties along for your business trip. When packing up your tie, you should carefully roll it. Yes, it’s acceptable to roll a tie when traveling because you will be utilizing the tie very soon. Start rolling the tie from the small end and then you can secure the tie in a zip lock bag. In order to keep them safe and sound during the entire journey you can even place them carefully in your shoes.

Cleaning the tie

Even a small stain on the tie will reduce its elegance. However, you should only clean your tie when it is dirty and not after every time you wear it. Just stay attentive of the fabric from which your time has been made and you’ll keep looking spiffy.

During the cleaning process, be sure to be extremely careful. Your tie’s ability to last depends on how carefully you handle it while washing. Your tie should be hand washed or dry cleaned, despite the material from which it has been made. For more advice on cleaning, visit our blog here.

Remove wrinkles from the tie

Ironing the tie can damage its looks. So for the easy wrinkles, you can hang your tie in the bathroom while you are taking a hot shower. On the other hand, when the wrinkles get stubborn you can buy the steamer and make your tie look as good as new.

In order to keep your tie from unwanted food stains, you can use the tie tacks. However, they might leave a hole in your tie. To avoid these holes, apply the tie tacks through the shirt. Use these tips to elongate the life of your tie, and continue to look spiffy!

Necktie Fashion Mistakes You Should Be Completely Avoiding

A necktie collection has always been mandatory for me ever since I graduated out of college from the University of Minnesota. Before the graduation ceremony, I received two neckties, a stripped yellow tie and a navy blue foulard tie with green circles. That was the moment when I finally understood the power of a neck tie. Not only do they add value, grace, and elegance to a person’s looks but also enhances their personality. I felt more confident as I strolled across the stage to receive my diploma. After that of course, I had to pair my suit with power ties and go through many job interviews until I landed here at Spiffster. Now I own more than 50 different types of ties, and I even have a revolving tie rack!

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Although wearing a necktie is mandatory in corporate life, it has also become the norm to wear it as part of an informal look or to flaunt your fashion sense. There is a diverse range of formal and informal neckties you can find easily (especially when you subscribe with Spiffster) that can go with any occasion you are heading out to. In fact, we offer many tips about how to tie informal knots for more casual occasions. However, there are some common mistakes to avoid that might cause a negative effect of what they were hoping to achieve. Let’s have a look at those mistakes you should be completely avoiding when wearing a necktie.

Clashing Colors and Patterns

While selecting a tie you are going to wear for the event, make sure the colors or the patterns of the tie don’t clash with the color of the outfit you are wearing. It shouldn’t be in contrast to the shirt or suit, rather it should complement it. Similarly, if the shirt you are wearing already has some patterns, opt for a plain colored tie as a patterned tie with a patterned shirt will give you a very loud appearance that may not leave a positive impact on others. For example, if you’re wearing a plaid-patterned suit, do not wear a plaid neck tie!

Awkward Width & Length

Is the tip of your neck tie touching your belly button? In that case, it would be too short. An awkward width or length of a neck tie can single-handedly ruin your appearance no matter how much you spent on that Hugo Boss suit. Make sure that the width of the tie is proportionate to your body type and your overall appearance that includes your suit, shirt, and the tie knot as well. When it comes to the length of the tie, it should end towards the buckle of the belt; wearing it shorter or longer is a big fashion blunder that you must avoid at any cost.

Neglecting the Dress Code

There is a wide range of neckties available and wearing an informal tie with a formal suit or vice versa is considered to be a big fashion mistake; hence, you should have an idea about the types of neckties and wear them accordingly.

To sum it up, neckties make for an essential accessory in man’s wardrobe. A tie can reveal certain things about a man’s personality, fashion sense, and abilities. However, one must avoid the mistakes mentioned above for getting the perfect and the most graceful look when wearing a necktie. Because looking like a chumbolone is not the Spiffster way.

The Origins and All We Know About the Trinity Knot

A relatively recent innovation, the Trinity Knot has a flashy, trefoil-shaped knot that is guaranteed to bring you some attention. This beautiful knot is a three-way symmetry and resembles the Celtic Triquetra. The Celtic Triquetra symbol is used as a religious symbol adapted from ancient Celtic images, and is also similar to Odin’s symbol, the valknut.

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But there are also many other meanings of the Trinity Knot, and most of them have to do with love and romance. Here they are:

  • It is a unique symbol of Ireland’s ancient culture.
  • The endless intertwining curves represent eternal love.
  • The Trinity knot can even be used to outline the stages of a woman’s life; youth, motherhood and old age.
  • It is sometimes called the Irish Love knot.

But enough about history, let’s talk about fashion. Imagine yourself at a cocktail party. Showing up with a Trinity Knot will definitely get you the attention you deserve from the ladies. After all, the Trinity Knot is also known as the Irish Love Knot. However, don’t wear this tie knot to business meetings, as the Trinity Knot is used for more social and informal occasions. Bringing this knot to a board meeting will make you appear as a showoff.

Because you use the small end to start tying the knot, it is one of the most difficult ties to master. Also, pick a tie that does not have too much thickness, due to the knot being on the bulkier side of the knot-thickness spectrum.

The best patterns for this knot include solids, stripes, and smaller patterns. Once you master this knot, try creating a pinwheel effect by getting the stripes to converge at the center. However, if there is a noticeable diagonal taper to the sides of the tie down near the narrow end, the threefolds will not converge towards the center and the effect will be ruined.

If you would like to tighten the knot, you can accomplish this by holding the knot in one hand and pulling down slowly on the wider end. Use caution though, and adjust the folds of the knot as you go. You don’t want to distort the shape of the knot.

Check out the image below on how to tie the Trinity Knot below and look spiffy, fellow Spiffsters!

6 Simple Neckties Every Man Should Own

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In the last couple of decades, everything in this world has changed. Let it be earth, humans, technology or fashion. Fashion, in particular, has evolved majorly. Since the beginning, man has acknowledged the importance of clothing and its uses in different scenarios. What started as a necessity, with time, changed into fashion and style.

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Nowadays, fashion and clothing industry are one of the most revenue generating industries among other businesses. The reason for this is that people have recognized the role and importance that clothing has in improving one’s appearance and personality.

Today, we will discuss the most fashionable ties that every man must own to look dapper.

The Navy Tie

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Among the list of many different shapes and designs of neckties, navy tie is number one in this list. There are many reasons for this tie to make the first place, such as:

It can be used with many different colors, and is not bound by only one or two color schemes.

  • Navy tie can make any man look presentable and charismatic at the same time because of its basic and natural color.
  • This can be used more for business meetings and interviews.
  • It can be used with any type of wardrobe collection that you have. Be creative but be yourself.

The Glen Plaid Tie

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This tie is making the second position in our list of 6 ties. The reasons are as follow:

  • Glen tie, if used with basic color suit, can make your appearance glamorous.
  • This is generally used more for formal gatherings and dinners.
  • With simple color scheme and color selection you can make your look complete and charismatic.

The Simple Black Silk Tie

Simple Black Tie
The third name in our list goes to simple black silk tie. This tie is used for situations such as:

  • Weddings and gathering where you have to look and act respectful.
  • This tie can be used in situations where you need to be calm and collected not loud and wild.
  • It is simple yet effective.

The Dark Red Tie

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The fourth one in our list is dark red tie, it is used in places where you have to be assertive and conservative. It can be used for meetings or presentation where you have look presentable at all times.

Solid Blue Tie

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Another tie that is important for men to own is solid blue necktie. This color tie can be used in many situations: let it be meetings, diners and gatherings etc.

Polka Dot Tie

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Polka dot tie is the last one to make in our list today. It is also an important tie that men should own and use in many different situations. You can use it for both relax meetings and conservative gatherings, just know how to use it and please do not abuse it.

So, these were the 6 must-have ties for all fashionable men out there. We hope you would have found our post helpful. Stay spiffy!

4 Interesting Ways to Tie Your Tie

Van Wijk Knot

It is no longer rare to find a man who is as conscious about his dressing as a woman, and well, why shouldn’t they be? Yes, you read that right; there is no harm in men wanting to dress better than just appropriate or being aware of the latest trends in an attempt to look their best. While many may scoff at the old saying, “Clothes make the man” I for one feel that it is fit for today’s fast moving world where everyone is always on their toes and everything happens in a rush, hence people are often unable to take out time to get to know the “real you” which means sometimes all you have is a first impression. We are all aware of the importance of a good first impression, so my advice to you would be to not hesitate in making the best of it. While talking of first impressions the way you dress plays a crucial role, which brings us to our topic of discussion.

A tie is a very common yet vital accessory for a man. While many may not be aware, there are numerous ways in which a tie can be tied to make you stand out from the crowd. While suits can often be boring or dull as they may be more or less the same, a tie can be that one prominent element that you can use to brighten up your look. Here are a few interesting ways in which you can tie your tie. Men out there who’ve been trying to get attention from that special someone must pay heed to these guide lines.

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The Fishbone Knot
If you’re struggling with how to achieve that chic and sophisticated look you always dreamt of, trust me you won’t regret investing your time learning this knot. Though I agree that it might take you more than just a few tries to get the hang of it, it is definitely worth the effort. It looks extremely elegant and classy and will without a doubt catch a lot of second glances.

The Atlantic Knot
This one’s not as complicated as the one we talked about earlier and is comparatively quite easy to learn. For those of you who are sick and tired of your everyday office look or want to make a little extra effort to look good for a not-so-formal event, this one’s for you.

The Van Wijk Knot
Enjoy being the topic of discussion in a gathering? Here is something for you. This one with its layered effect will definitely get you a lot of intrigued looks and a hand full of “How did you do that?” Its intricate design will definitely get people talking about you and to you. So learn this slightly complicated knot and enjoy all that attention you crave for.

The Rose Knot
Last but not the least, the rose knot is a must know to make sure that, that fine lady sitting across you at that table for two feels special. Yes, that’s true, women really appreciate it when men put in a little extra effort to look good for them. This is the knot to make her feel just that.

These four knots will surely help you get your desired look on numerous occasions. Just remember that the way you dress has an immense impact on people’s perception of you, so do what you have to and don’t hesitate to go the extra mile to make it right.

The Origins of the Shelby Knot

Shelby Knot

A lot of styles have been introduced in the tie-tying business over the decades. Most tie-tying methods have been mixed with other methods to form the perfect technique. One of these brilliant mergers of the Nicky Knot and the Windsor Knot is the Shelby Knot. As we move on, I will share some basic information regarding this everlasting tie-tying method.

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What is the Shelby Knot?

The Shelby Knot, also known as The Prat Knot or The Prat-Shelby Knot is a method of tying a tie around one’s neck and collar. The knot was created by Jerry Pratt, who was an employee of the US Chamber of Commerce. The knot was considered a revelatory knot although it has a lot of resemblance with the Nicky Knot. The Shelby Knot is an unusual type of knot using the ‘reverse side out’ method.

The History of Shelby Knot:

It all started when one day, the 92-year-old Jerry Pratt showed up in the television studio to tell the 42-year-old chief anchor of WCCO-TV Don Shelby that he did not know how to tie the perfect knot. Onwards, Mr. Pratt told Mr. Shelby that Pratt would let him know a secret of his which can teach Mr. Shelby how to tie the perfect knot. This knot was supposed to be balanced, well-proportioned and perfectly symmetrical.
The ways of tying the perfect knot which were shown by Mr. Pratt to Mr. Shelby combine to form a term known in the recent times as The Shelby Knot. Shelby then refined the knot made by Pratt with a local clothier known as Kingford Bavender and started wearing it on air with a spread collar. Hence, the rise of a new style in the neck-tying business was witnessed. The Shelby Knot mainly gained popularity in the late 1986’s due to its perfect symmetry and trim precision.

A Closer Look:

The Pratt-Shelby, or more commonly known as, The Shelby Knot is a variation of both the Windsor Knot and the knot notorious to most of the masses, The Nicky Knot. It begins with the tie seam facing outwards and produces a symmetrical and triangular knot. The Shelby Knot produces a medium size between the Four-In-Hand and the Windsor Knot. This knot uses less fabric than a full Windsor, however, produces a knot which can easily be mistaken for it.

How to tie a Shelby Knot?

There are mainly four steps in which you can tie a perfect Shelby Knot.
1. Flip the tie upside down, with the seam facing outwards.
2. Cross the wider part under the narrow end of the tie. Make a loop just like in a Half Windsor.
3. Bring the wide end over the top of the loop and form a triangle.
4. Slip the wide part through the triangular loop and fix the dimple accordingly.

The Shelby Knot is a traditional way to tie your neck tie and is an everlasting method considered highly in the formal dressing code. People have been using this method for a long period of time. Still, this method is followed by most of the people who tie a tie around their necks and collars.

For a visual guide/demonstration of tying the Pratt-Shelby Knot, watch the following YouTube video (done by Don Shelby himself) here:

Men of Hollywood and Their Ties

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The dashing men of Hollywood and the variety of ties that we get to see on them

In the past two centuries, there have been a lot of changes in fashion and trends and people are embracing these challenges at a rapid pace. It’s great to follow a trend as long as you don’t forget the basics.

We usually look up to our favorite actors and character to follow when it comes to style and fashion. This award season, you can see your favorite actors in their best suits and tuxedos. One thing that they will all be wearing to complete their look are neck ties. A man’s formal outfit is incomplete without a necktie or a bow tie. The necktie or a bow tie gives these male celebrities a chic and formal look while adding a splash of color to their dark colored suits.

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Ties and Bow Ties

Necktie is still an integral part of men’s fashion industry. Even though we have seen the necktie change over the years on the red carpet, it has been worn for every formal event in Hollywood. The changing styles of ties might have something to do with the changing times in Hollywood as trends in movies and characters change, so do neckties.

The Last Century and its Important Ties

Most of you have watched the Great Gatsby and if you paid close attention, you would have seen that ties were an integral part of a man’s look. They wore broad shouldered coats, lean cut pants, and great big overcoats, all in the same color. Over that huge mountain of dark or tan colored suit was a necktie or a bow tie, adding a little splash of color.

Back in those days, a necktie was an indication of what kind of man you were. If you were someone rich and important, you will be wearing a silk tie in some really rich color like blue or red. If you were someone not so important, you should be happy with a faux-silk tie or a cotton tie. The best tie wearer from those times that we still remember today is Charlie Chaplin. On the black and white screen, Chaplin’s black tie still serves as an icon to many styles and trends. Who could forget the Chicago’s legend Louis Armstrong and his boisterous personality and ties to match? Louis’ ties were as colorful and eccentric as his personality and his soulful trumpet playing. There was rarely an actor back then whom you would see without a tie or a bow-tie.

As time passed and foreigners came to the Land of Opportunity, the trends in tie wearing also changed. The style of the suits men wore changed and the tie’s size reduced a little to fit right under the shortened length of the jacket. Then came the war and the Mafia. Now they might be criminals but they were stylish criminals and they brought the striped ties fashion with them. Striped ties became the red carpet trend as well as it is rumored that Hollywood actors had ties with the Mafia. Those were the time when girls swooned over the eclectic style of Frank Sinatra and Mr. Sinatra always performed with a tie on.

Then James Bond revolutionized the world of ties and actors started to wear ties that blended with their outfits. Bow ties were made a customary formal dressing accessory. The tuxedo became the ‘it factor’ in Hollywood and there was no one better to carry off that bow tie that Sir Sean Connery. Sir Sean Connery is the most famous actor to play Bond and his iconic style defined men’s clothing and their need to wear ties as well.

Skinny Ties

By the time we stepped into the 21st century, the trend of being skinny also came in demand and ties went skinny as well. Skinny ties went universal. Everyone is wearing them from kids to teenager to adults. We have seen the ties thinning down on the red carpet as well. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne; all of these actors and more, wore skinny ties when they came to receive their awards on stage. Skinny ties are in vogue but as style revolutionizes we will look to the carpet once more to see what new trends come in the world of neckties.

Ties are a big factor when it comes to making style statement. A tie adds to the class of an outfit. If you like to dress to impress, load up on a variety of ties today!

5 Reasons Why a Paisley Tie is a Must Have in your Tie Collection

Paisley Necktie

Paisley Neckties are classy and fashionable

Wearing solid or stripped ties everyday can be like a never ending biological rhythm. Since 2016 is here, maybe it’s time you made some changes in your wardrobe. A slight change can be seen in men’s fashion trends from runways to ready-to-wear stores. Patterns, layering, contrast and floral prints are back this spring season. So while the whole majority of early adopters run wild, let me tell you more about a paisley tie.

History behind the Paisley Trend

Although the paisley pattern dates back to early Persian, the term was coined in Early Britain. The real deal of paisley ties began when the Beatles let this hip trend roll. From coordinated and matching suits to hip, rebellious teens, all preferred paisley as their go to style. The bold patterns and the flashy prints brought out the golden era for Paisley ties.

Why It’s a Must Have:

Brings Out The Muted Colors – If you like being sophisticated and prefer a classic style wardrobe then in order to give you a pop of color, paisley can be the best option. Now create a flamboyant, yet an office wear worthy attire through a decent toned paisley tie.

Two Colors Are All You Need – Tired of your whole looking like its ready to taste a rainbow? Opt for just a tie that has a perfect touch of color. With foulard ties being the biggest hit of this season, you will be in style and the best dressed in your workplace.

Adds An Edge To Your Style – So you are a subscriber of GQ, own a complete set of style magazines dating back to the 70s but you don’t have a paisley? That’s impossible. In order to diversify your wardrobe and make it better adaptable to a variety of seasons then paisley tie is your best friend.

Perfect Neck Tie For Business Purposes – So your job requires you to travel a lot and the least thing you want is to look bored and jet lagged. The best tie to opt for these kind of situations is a paisley tie. Pick the right colors and build on them that way you will not only have a fancy collection of go to style attire but you will not get bored of wearing them.

Mix and Match – The best thing about owning a paisley is that it can go with anything you own. That plain, gray suit of yours can go well with a bold paisley which will give it a cool tone. If you have a navy or black suit, a patterned and colorful paisley tie will work best with it.

Most men don’t opt for a paisley because it is very overwhelming. What they don’t understand is that they don’t quite know how to pair them right. Wearing a paisley does not make you enter a Vegas nightclub territory, it makes you stand out with your own significance. A tie is that part of your clothing that is more exposed than your shirt, so having an appropriated, well matched tie is a must for any wardrobe.

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What is the Van Wijk Necktie Knot?

Features: Not symmetrical, somewhat difficult to tie, uses a lot of fabric, and works well with brighter colors so the knot gets accented.

Van Wijk Necktie Knot

Van Wijk Necktie Knot

Want to sport a knot that was created by an actual artist? Lisa Van Wijk created this knot to invent the tallest knot possible. The Van Wijk knot is essentially a variation from the Prince Albert knot, except for the third loop around the base. The slender knot creates an unique layered cylindrical effect. Although it is visually striking, it does not do too much to distract so it can be worn even in more formal settings. If you’re getting tired of the common “V” knots, the Van Wijk might breathe fresh air into your tie arsenal.

Due to its slanted cylindrical effect, the knot is asymmetrical. The cylinders create a multilayered appearance that looks irregular, yet creates a striking look. Anyone who wears such a knot may seem to score more points in the adventurous and daring category. To attract attention (and perhaps, get noticed by the darling from across the room), make sure to wear a solid, bright tie.

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We suggest wearing the Van Wijk knot in less formal occasions. If you are itching to try something different in a more formal occasion, you can make the knot tighter. That way it will bode well as long as you’ve given your entire outfit some thought. This knot works best for thinner men, and wearing a vest might help accentuate the knot. So what are you waiting for? Try this knot out now!

How to tie the Van Wijk Necktie Knot:

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