How to Keep Your Necktie in Place

How to Keep Your Necktie in Place

Does your necktie tend to shift to either the left or right side of your dress shirt? Whether you're wearing a wool suit, a linen suit or any other type of suit, you should accessorize it with a necktie. The right necktie will complement the appearance of your suit by introducing new colors and patterns into your outfit. Unfortunately, though, it's not uncommon for neckties to shift. After wearing a necktie for several hours, it may move from its original position, resulting in an awkward appearance. The good news is you can keep your necktie in place by following a few simple steps.

Choose a Thicker Necktie

The thickness of your necktie will affect its risk of shifting and moving. Thin neckties, for example, are more likely to shift than thicker neckties. If you're struggling to keep your necktie in place, choose a necktie made of a thick and somewhat heavy fabric like wool. Even if your suit is made of a different fabric, you can still wear a wool necktie -- and doing so will help keep your necktie in place.

Use a Tight and Secure Knot

When putting on your necktie, use a tight and secure knot. That doesn't mean you should tie your necktie so tight that you can't breathe. Rather, you should only make tight enough so that there's no "wiggle" room for it to move around. The four-in-hand knot is the most popular knot used for neckties. It's simple, easy to create and highly effective at holding your necktie in place. Also known as the simple knot -- for obvious reasons -- it requires just a few steps. You wrap the necktie around your neck, pull the thick side over the thin side, and then pull the thick side through the loop at the base of your neck. If you're still confused and can't seem to create a four-in-hand knot, check out some YouTube videos. There are dozens of great tutorial videos on YouTube that show exactly how to create a four-in-hand knot. In addition to the four-in-hand knot, other types of knots that you can use to tie your necktie include the following:
  • Windsor
  • Half-Windsor
  • Pratt
  • Small
  • Nicky
  • Atlantic

Wear a Fitted Suit Jacket

If your suit jacket is too baggy or otherwise big, you may have trouble keeping your necktie in place. An oversized suit jacket means there's excess space in front of your chest. As a result, your necktie may shift around in the open space to create an unattractive and messy appearance. Therefore, you need to choose a fitted suit jacket that's not too big nor too small. You can purchase a fitted suit jacket, as well as fitted trousers, here at StudioSuits. When you place an order, you'll have the option to specify your body measurements. You tell us your body measurements, and we'll create a custom-fitted suit that's designed just for you. You are restricted to choosing a suit in a pre-defined size. Rather, you can specify your exact body measurements with ordering a suit from StudioSuits. Along with the other tips listed in this blog post, wearing a fitted suit jacket will help keep your necktie in place.


Press Your Necktie With an Iron

Prior to tying your necktie around your neck, use an iron to press out any wrinkles or creases. There's no such thing as a wrinkle-proof necktie. Whether it's made of cotton, wool, silk, polyester or any other fabric, it may develop wrinkles. And aside from their messy appearance, wrinkled neckties are more likely to shift when worn than smooth neckties. You can easily press wrinkles out of your necktie using an iron. First, however, you should check the necktie's care tag to ensure that wrinkling is allowed. Unless otherwise stated on the care tag, you can proceed to press your necktie with an iron.

Use a Tie Bar

Did you know that there's an accessory available that's designed specifically to hold neckties in place? Known as a tie bar, it's a smart investment if you're tired of constantly adjusting your necktie. Tie bars are designed to hold your necktie to your dress shirt. They are typically made of a hard material, such as steel or aluminum, and are secured to both your necktie and dress shirt. To use a tie bar, simply clip to the middle of your necktie and dress shirt. Once clipped, your necktie shouldn't move around. Considering that tie bars are available for just a few bucks a piece, most men will agree that it's well worth the cost.

Leave Your Suit Jacket Buttoned

Another tip to keep your necktie in place is to leave your suit jacket buttoned. If you unbutton your suit jacket, your necktie will likely dangle freely in front of your chest. If your suit jacket is buttoned, on the other hand, it will naturally hold your necktie in place. You can still unbutton your suit jacket if you get too hot, but try to keep it buttoned most of the time. As long as your suit jacket is buttoned, your necktie shouldn't shift or move around too much.

Skip the Clip-On Necktie

Avoid the temptation of wearing a clip-on necktie. There's no denying the fact that clip-on neckties are easier to put on than traditional neckties. The problem with clip-on neckties, however, is that they tend to shift when worn. Something as simple as turning your head to the side may cause your clip-on necktie to shift. To prevent this from happening, you need to wear a traditional necktie. With a traditional necktie, you can tie it around your necktie using a knot like the four-in-hand knot. Don't let your shifted necktie ruin your suit outfit. Follow these tips to keep your necktie in place.