How can I tie a necktie so that it doesn't create the usual dimple just below the knot?
February 1, 2010 9:30 AM Subscribe
How can I tie a necktie so that it doesn't create the usual dimple just below the knot? See Michael Bublé in this SNL photo
from this weekend's Hamm and Bublé sketch. Contrast to John Hamm standing next to him with a dimple in his very similar tie. Is it the knot, the technique, the fabric, the tie width, something else?
posted by Askr to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (16 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
All the tie knots I know create a dimple in the tie fabric just below the knot. This is normally a desirable thing and you try to optimize it. But I liked how Michael Bublé's shiny tie looked this weekend on SNL with no dimple with that less businessy, more evening wear suit he was wearing.
It was a narrow tie, so that could explain it in part, since there is less fabric to be bunched up. It was a smooth looking silk tie, as opposed to the kind that has a visible weave texture, so maybe it was thinner fabric overall, with even less to bunch up. But Jon Hamm's tie in that same sketch looked like similar fabric, if a little wider. So it seems like there may be a way to tie the same tie differently to get a dimple or not.
I tried sort of popping it out convex but that just created a crease or two at the edges of that area - the fabric's gotta go somewhere, at least in my knot, which in this case was a four-in-hand, which is what his looked like in the sketch.
Here's a different shot
of Bublé in a tie with no dimple. But this time it looks like he's got some kind of wider Windsor knot instead of the narrower one in the sketch. How to?