Extra Long Ties

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Extra tall men often need extra long ties as well as other specially tailored garb, which is why it's handy to keep a resident haberdasher on one's premises at all times. Unfortunately, most men cannot afford their own personal style and grooming consultants and are therefore compelled to buy off the rack. For men who can't seem to find ties long enough to accompany their dress shirts, bear in mind that most top-tier men's designers have separate lines for "big and tall" customers.

The typical tie length varies a bit but usually falls between 52 and 58 inches (or about four and a half feet). The reason for this (relatively) small range is simple: both ends of the tie, the narrow end and the wide end, may be adjusted up or down to provide more or less fabric as the case may be. Still, even when the narrow end is reduced to a mere stub poking out from the opening of your collar, there's often insufficient length on the wide end to leave the tip where it should ultimately rest--at the top of the belt.

The Difference with Extra Long Ties

Extra long ties provide tall men an additional five or six inches of length to remedy the problem of neckwear shortfalls. This can be especially helpful for men intent on tying double Windsors, which require more fabric than full or half Windsors. Your fabric's thickness should have no bearing on the way in which your tie falls, though extra-thick cloth or silk can make for bulkier and more unwieldy knots.

Extra long ties are generally ill-advised for shorter men looking to add a few more inches to their appearance. While this is one of the nice fringe benefits of wearing any tie, one risks looking awfully foolish extending the tip significantly past the top of his belt. While tie length standards do vary slightly from country to country, these differences are on the scale of a few centimeters, not inches.

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