The tip of your tie should fall at your belt buckle. Any shorter or longer, and you won't look the part. Get this detail right!
So with that now set in stone, let’s get into tie tying mechanics. As a general rule of thumb, you want the wider end of the tie to hang below the belt buckle in relation to the size of your knot before you start tying your tie.
A Four in Hand knot will therefore require less fabric hanging below the belt buckle than a Half Windsor, and a Half Windsor Knot will require less fabric hanging below than a Full Windsor. A Full Windsor, as the name implies, is a more comprehensive knot and so will require substantially more fabric to tie the tie than your standard Four in Hand.
Another rule of thumb to check when tying more thorough knots such as the Full Windsor is to ensure that there is not much of the skinny end of the tie left below your neck. If there seems to be a significant amount (i.e it is reaching your third or fourth shirt button) readjust the tie so that there is more of the wider end hanging down to tie your knot with.
The Right Tie Length for taller men
Sometimes, getting this right will still not do justice. If you are a taller man standing at over 6’1 or 6’2, you will be better off purchasing longer length ties in the market that will enable you to tie a Half or Full Windsor without the skinny end of your tie hanging loose and awkwardly for the remainder of your day/evening.
Until next time!
Feel free to check out some of our favorite ties here at The Dark Knot. For taller men, we have extra long length ties for every pattern that we sell online, ensuring that you never have to leave the house without adequate necktie length!