“Between the sloven and coxcomb there is generally a competition which shall be the more contemptible: the one in total neglect of every thing which might make his appearance in public supportable, and the other in the cultivation of every superfluous ornament. The former offends by his negligence and dirt, and the latter for his finery and perfumery…and while both are right in their in their opinion, both wrong in their practice”
This is the opening sentence of “The Gentleman’s Book of Etiquette” chapter called, “Dress,” written around 1860 by Cecil B. Hartley. We have to find a middle ground of these two extreme examples of man’s ability and inability to dress and act accordingly. Though many of his social cues and etiquette for a Gentleman are outdated, his words keep coming back to one consistent rule. A true Gentleman must pay attention to the details.
Not to get too deep on you guys this round lets focus on one thing… How to correctly tie a Tie and if you’re feeling ambitious, how to tie a Bow-Tie. Below is a how to from my friends at, http://www.artofmanliness.com. My favorite is the Half Windsor.
1. Drape the tie around your neck. The wide end should extend about 12 inches below the narrow end of the tie. Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end.
2. Bring the wide end around and behind the narrow end.
3. Bring the wide end up and pull it down through the hole between your collar and tie.
4. Bring the wide end around the front, over the narrow end from right to left.
5. Bring the wide end up back through the loop again.
6. Pull the wide end down through the knot in front.
7. Tighten the necktie knot and center it with both hands.
Here is the Bow-Tie video. I prefer an all black silk bow-tie, but thats just me. These dudes get a little weird with the patterns. They may be a bit square but they show you right way to do it!!!
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