Thursday, November 1, 2007
Gretta's Got It: Ties
If you're a guy looking to add some pizzaz to your wardrobe, ties are a great secret weapon. They add polish and color to any suit or jacket. Today our style expert is tackling ties, Gretta's Got It.
WSVN -- Gretta Monahan: "OK guys, whether it's a special occasion or a board meeting, to polish off any look you've got to tie one on."
Gretta Monahan: "Hey, Robert, thank you. Thanks for having me. Robert Dundon of Thomas Pink says, today, ties are a fashion must.
Robert Dundon: "What we're trying to do with the tie is pull the colors out of the shirt. So, we're using the tie as an accent that really pulls everything together."
Gretta Monahan: "They come in bright bold colors, patterns and stripes, giving men more choices to express themselves."
Robert Dundon: "You can have a great suit and a great shirt, but that tie is the piece that pulls that shirt and your suit together."
Gretta Monahan: "So, it's really important to get that right. The first thing you need to know is know how to rig the right knot."
Gretta Monahan: "OK, Robert, I'm always confused on ties. Show me the basic knots and how to do them."
Robert Dundon: "When you have a bigger spread between the collar, you are going to need to have a bigger knot to fill that up."
Gretta Monahan: "Show me the different knots and on how to do that."
Robert Dundon: "Sure, sure. Well, there is three basic knots."
Gretta Monahan: "They are the full Windsor, the half Windsor and four-in-hand."
Gretta Monahan: "The full Windsor is thick and wide with a triangular shape. It's best suited for spread collar shirts. It's perfect for when you're dressed to impress."
Robert Dundon: "With this one, you're getting a little bit more volume, and with this one you want to give yourself a little bit more room to operate. Start off a little bit shorter. You're going up and around through the other side and up and under."
Gretta Monahan: "Half Windsor: symmetrical and triangular. This knot is slightly more narrow than the full Windsor knot. This is impressive knot and can be worn with any dress shirt."
Robert Dundon: "Better for a semi-spread collar and, in this one, you're coming up and under just to create a little more volume in the knot and up and under again."
Gretta Monahan: "Four-in-hand: narrow, slightly asymmetrical and extremely versatile and the most popular. Its perfect for most button-down dress shirts."
Robert Dundon: "You take it around, you come up through the bottom, and then you go straight down, and this just gives you just the smallest knot."
Gretta Monahan: "But also important to know: where your tie should lie."
Robert Dundon: "The right length is that the tip of the tie should come right to the top of your belt."
Gretta Monahan: "Lastly, some ties dos and don'ts. Do have fun and express your individuality, but don't wear joke ties. They are never appropriate. I'm Gretta for Gretta's Got It."