December 17, 2018

Necktie 101

While it may be tempting to view neckties as a pain in the neck, they are an important part of a man’s wardrobe.  A necktie completes a well dressed look for the work place or a special event.  A tie can reflect the mood of the occasion, being bright and fun or classy and elegant.  Having an arsenal of great ties in your closet  means you are ready to look your best for any event, but such a collection of ties can be quite an investment.  Taking proper care of your neckties will ensure they not only last, but look handsome each time you put one on.

A funky Ted Baker London Silk Tie.

A funky Ted Baker London Silk Tie.

Let’s start with the end of the day, when you finally loosen and remove that tie.  The best way to avoid pulling the tie out of shape over time is to untie it in the reverse order of tying.  This will help prevent a lot of wear and tear over the lifetime of the tie.

Neckties are often made of silk and constructed in a particular way so they form a neat knot when tied.  These characteristics are what make neckties look so dapper, but they also pose challenges when ties need to be stored or cleaned.  First, it’s important to store ties correctly.  Consider investing in a tie rack, which will make storing and organizing your ties much simpler.  Properly storing delicate neckties helps encourage the release of wrinkles and folds from a day of wear.  Avoid draping ties over the back of a chair or rolling them into little bundles hidden in your sock drawer.

The Executive Ladder Tie Rack is a great option for storing ties.

The Executive Ladder Tie Rack is a great option for storing ties.

Even with proper hanging, wrinkles can develop.  Ironing a tie is a no-no; however, hanging the tie in the bathroom while you shower should provide enough steam to ease the wrinkles out.  Another option is to use a hand-held steamer to remove stubborn wrinkles.

One of the easiest ways to accidentally damage a tie is while trying to clean it.  It’s not hard to see why neckties attract their share of stains.  From the morning coffee break to lunch to that glass of wine at dinner, spills and drips are a fact of life that threaten the good looks of every tie.  Knowing how to respond to these little accidents can mean the difference between a tie that can be worn again and a tie that is sadly tossed away as ruined.  Most stains should be immediately blotted with cold water, or, even better, club soda or seltzer.  Grease stains should be quickly dusted with talcum powder, which will absorb the grease.  After this initial action to prevent the stain from setting in, your safest option is to have your tie professionally cleaned.

Armani, always a classic.

Armani, always a classic.

A professional cleaning will ensure your tie hold its shape and is properly treated for stains.  Because a tie consists of layers of precisely folded, delicate material, cleaning and drying must be done with a thorough knowledge of the unique characteristics of neckties.  Trusting a dry cleaner to carefully clean your neckties means you will keep your favorite ties ready to enhance your look for as long as possible.  When bringing ties in for cleaning, be sure to mention stains so we can treat them in the best way possible.

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