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Can I Wear a Suit without a Tie? Should I Wear a Tie?

Recently, we’ve been seeing more and more images in the media showing celebrities and politicians appearing on our television screens without the all too familiar tie. For this reason, we’re going to spend time talking about this newly arising phenomenon to address your questions about how to pull off this look properly.

Let’s Take a look at President Barack O’Bama without a tie:

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Pulling off this look is actually not too difficult. Here are some tips:

1)Make sure your shirt collar is stiff – starching that collar would be a good idea. In other words, your collar should stand up proud without the supporting clutches of a neck-tie.

2) Make sure that the shirt is well-tailored such that it doesn’t hang off your body and doesn’t look like it’s two sizes too big.

3) This one may seem obvious, but under no circumstances should you button up the top-most button of your shirt when you’re not showing off a tie.

4) Confidence… an essential part of any look.

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Tie Wearing Contest – Fun at Work with Your Ties

One of our Readers recently emailed us to tell us about a Tie wearing competition that they had at work. Each day, these two individuals would wear a different tie and would post pictures on the internet (http://tieordie.com). The goal was to have individuals rank their ties so that they could determine a winner. Here is a snapshot of the ties that they wore in the process:

We thought this was pretty creative! Good job guys πŸ™‚

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Half Windsor Knot – How to Tie a Tie – Part IV

Since we talked to you about the Windsor Tie Knot last time, we’ll talk to you about a modification of that as well: the Half Windsor Tie Knot! This is how it’s done…

Once you learn this stuff, if you need some new ties to practice on, make sure to check out our Fall 2009 Collection of Ties πŸ™‚

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1) Cross over the thick end of your tie over the thin end.

2) Bring the wide end back underneath the thin end of the tie.

3) Now flip over the wide end through the main loop of the tie such that it ends up behind the thin end.

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4) Now move the wide end to the right side.

5) Flip the wide end through the main loop of the tie again (but don’t bring it down yet).

6) Now carefully pull through the wide end through the knot of the tie, and tighten it from there… and you’re done!

Thanks again to the guys from Harry Rosen’s for providing the images for this post!

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Windsor Tie Knot – How to Tie a Tie Part III

One of the most popular tie knots is the Windsor Tie Knot and so we’re dedicating this blog post to talk about how it’s done πŸ™‚ Oh… and afterwards, you should really check out our tie of the month πŸ™‚

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1) As with most tie knots, just grab the wide end and cross it over the thin end.

2) Take the wide end and flip it through the wide end once and then bring it down.

3) Grab the wide end and bring it right behind the thin end to the right and hold it up.

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4) Now take the wide end and flip it through the loop and then cross it to the right side again (this time in front of the thin end).

5) Pass the wide end through the main loop of the necktie again.

6) Pull the wide end through the fold of the tie, adjust, and slide knot up until perfect.

Thanks again to the guys from Harry Rosen’s for providing the images for this post!

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How to Tie a “Milanese” Tie Knot – How to Tie a Tie – Part II

We love ties here atΒ SuitUpp as you can tell from our tie of the month.
So, we figured that we’d show you in a 6 part series how to tie some of the more famous tie knots. In this post we’ll be showing youΒ how to tie a Milanese tie knot.

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1) Cross the wide end over the thin end and hold it in place.

2) Wrap the tie over the center point.

3) Once more time now. Wrap the tie over this center point again.

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4) Now take this wide end of the tie and bring it up through the main loop of the tie.

5) Now pass through the wide end through the knot that we created in the previous steps.

6) Pull the wide end to the side a bit so you can tighten it.

7) Now, you can adjust the knot a bit until it looks good and then just bring up the knot to the collar point of your shirt and we’re done!

Credits: Thanks to the Harry Rosen guys for the tie pictures.

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How to tie a “Four in Hand” Tie Knot – How to Tie a Tie – Part I

We love ties here at SuitUpp as you can tell from our tie of the month.
So, we figured that we’d show you in a 6 part series how to tie some of the more famous tie knots. We’ll kick things off by showing you how to tie a four in hand knot.

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1) Start with the wide end of your tie on the right. Position the wide end so that it is about 1 foot longer than the thin end. Now cross the wide end over the thin end.
2) Now bring the wide end back underneath.
3) One more time now. Twist the wide end over the thin end again.
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4) Pass the wide end through the main loop of your tie (from underneath).
5) Now, very carefully, pass the wide end through the knot created by the last two loops that we just created (bring this end down vertically).
6) Some tightening and slide knot up a bit – and we’re done πŸ™‚

Credits: Images are a courtesy of the guys over at Harry Rosen’s. Thanks dudes πŸ™‚

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Can I Skip the Tie? When Should You Wear a Tie with Your Suit?

Inspired by one of the recent photoshoots that we did on SuitUpp.com, we decided to give the concept of a tie some further thought and analysis. Ties and suits seem to go together and men don’t seem to ask questions anymore as to whether they should or should not wear a tie. The reality is that a tie is a symbol of formality and in many ways authority. The concept of the tie originates back to the time of the Thirty Year War (1618-1648) when the Croatians would where neckerchiefs which the French, in turn, thought was quite the phenomenon. Because of the difference between the Croatian word for the garment – Hrvati – and the French word – Croates – the garment became known as the Cravat.

Besides formality, though, the necktie has also been known to be a symbol of membership. Different groups and clubs used to have special colors and patterns associated with them that was to be represented on the ties worn by members of these groups (exemplified by colleges in Britain in the late 1800s). So for a long time, wearing a tie also meant that you were part of the club and that you belonged. In the 1990’s, though, a lot of that changed. Workplaces, led by technology companies, began to differentiate themselves by allowing casual wear at work – which meant no ties. With the success of a large number of these companies during the boom days of “the bubble”, it was becoming popular to rebel and be different and to leave the tie at home. The concept of individualism, which has become more popular in modern day, symbolically drives us away from the concept of membership that the tie represents in so many ways.

With that said, there are still workplaces where formality and membership are of great importance and where the tie is a symbol of unity – law firms, wall street banks, … Certain formal occasions such as weddings and funerals call for a tie and not wearing one could be seen as a sign of disrespect. If you are heading out for a night on the town, though, and are looking to be rebellious and yet formal at the same time, leaving the tie at home may work to your advantage.

As with all fashion, the clothes are meant to give the world a sense of how you feel – a sense of expression if you may. As long as you recognize that in some scenarios you have to maintain the attire of the group as a way of showing respect, how you dress after that point is really up to you. If you are looking to wear the tie, though, you should take a look at the Tie of the Month at SuitUpp.

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