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Three Stylish Ways to Dress Up a Tie

How to tie a tie

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Whether you wear a tie everyday or just one when the occasion calls for it, you should probably be aware of the basics. We’re talking about being able to tie a tie, matching a tie with a shirt or suit, or wearing the proper tie for the appropriate occasion.

Even if you know all the tie basics, the tie itself can get old and boring, even if you have several flashier ones. However, there are ways to stylishly dress up a tie, and here are three of them.

Add a Tie Bar

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Men have been finding ways to control the swinging of their ties since the nineteenth century. In the 1920s the tie bar—also called a tie clip, tie slide, or tie clasp—became popular and replaced the destructive tiepin. Besides preventing a tie from moving around, a tie bar gives the tie a neat and uniform appearance.

Today, the tie bar has become a readily available and affordable accessory for a man that is looking to add just a little more to his look. Metal tie bars can be simply gold or silver or can feature decorative patterns. They can also feature commemorative tokens or even a small badge indicating membership to a club or an affiliation.

The Perfect Tie Dimple

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Here’s an easy way to dress up a tie without purchasing any accessories: try a tie dimple.

The tie dimple is a little hollow in the center of the tie and right beneath the knot. When done correctly, the dimple adds a final touch to your suit—nothing over-the-top, but enough to get some attention. If you’re unsure of how to get the perfect tie dimple, here are some instructions.

Use One of the 85 Tie Knots

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In 1999, Thomas Fink and Yong Mao published a book entitled The 85 Ways to Tie a Tie.

While most of us are familiar with the Windsor, half-Windsor, four-in-hand, and Pratt knots, the Cambridge physicists proved that there are exactly 85 different ways of tying a necktie. So, instead of using the popular knots, why not try one, or some, of the other tie knots out there? It may not seem like much, but a different type of knot should be enough to spark some interest in that tie of yours.

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