the loosened tie

You’ve seen it on half of the covers GQ’s published in the last few years. You see it literally every time you look at Sean Penn (unless he’s in workwear walking down a railroad track–I can’t remember what he was promoting with that one). You see it when you look in the mirror after a long night of throwing back (funny how your tie adjusted itself for the occassion) and promise yourself you won’t do this again on a Monday night.  The loosened tie.  The “Ahhh–I just got off work” look… OR the “Let’s get down to business (not work) now that business is over look”. Sometimes you’re unemployed (would not surprise me these days) and you’ve been asleep throughout all daylight-providing hours (its ok–this happens) AND you want to appear as if you have just come from work, or, much less, still wear clothes outside of sweatpants and pit-stained undershirts (while downing lean cousines on your couch impatiently waiting for the outcomes of Maurry’s latest paternity test). Long, imagery-oversaturated sentences behind us, let’s move forward and talk about the matter at hand:

How Do I Tie the Perfect Undone Tie?

Simple (I mean, it better be, right? You’re literally just loosening your tie).

1.) Start with a good knot.

med-skinny tie, bound tightly and got the dimple in the knot

med-skinny tie, bound tightly and got the dimple in the knot

2.) Pick a slimmer tie. Even if “regulation sized,” go on the narrow side.. 3 inches at the widest is a new balance of traditional and fashion world fare

7-Fold silk quality - Thomas Pink -$40 on sale

7-Fold silk quality - Thomas Pink -$40 on sale

3. Unbutton one button (perhaps a second as needed), never any more than two.

more than 2 buttons, and you better be a paid entertainer.

more than 2 buttons, and you better be a paid entertainer.

4. Loosen a bit, holding the knot tightly.

notice the tie still cinching the collar a bit

notice the tie still cinching the collar a bit

notice the knot is still "in play" - not below the collar spread

notice the knot is still in play - not below the collar

tie still functioning, holding together the wide spread collar

tie still functioning, holding together the wide spread collar

PS. Ridiculous, huh, how many GQ covers feature loosened ties? I was exaggerating at first when I said half of covers in the last few years feature them, but when “GQ Cover” in google image search provides me with 10 different loosened tie covers to choose from and pretty much all the imagery I need for this post, I start to feel like there’s a formula to this somewhere.

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One Response to “the loosened tie”
  1. Hannah says:

    The loosened tie is just plain ugly and should not be worn at all. It looks utterly unprofessional and makes it seem like the person wearing it does not know how to tie a normal tie.

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