All Tied Up

Men's Health |

How do I get that little dimple under my tie knot every time?

Some fashionistas will tell you it can only be done with a certain type of knot (most prefer the four-in-hand). Others might say it requires a certain grade of fabric (silk is a general favourite).

But the truth is, “you can form a perfect dimple in any tie using any knot,” says Michael Macko, men’s fashion director for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. “It’s all in how you pinch the fabric.” The make-orbreak moment for the dimple comes just after you’ve tied your knot but before you secure it at your throat.

When you reach that point, press your pointer finger into the centre of the tie beneath the knot’s V-shape taper, and use your thumb and middle finger to pinch the fabric around it. Continue pinching as you slide the knot to your collar. That should lock the dimple in place, but if it doesn’t, unravel the tie and begin again. Sure, your wife might call you obsessive-compulsive, “but it’s the little things, like the dimple in your tie and the shine on your shoes, that tell the world you take pride in your appearance,” says Macko. “That’s a pretty big payoff for so little additional effort.”