Men's Vintage Ties - A Fashionable and Practical Choice For Women

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Many women have embraced men's ties and have made them a permanent part of their wardrobe. They are fun to wear and can add just the right finish to a particular look they are looking to achieve. However, a big downside to wearing today's neckwear is their length. There are ways to adjust how to knot a necktie to compensate for the fact they are long, but the finished knot often looks bad as a result. Vintage ties, on the other hand, are much shorter and are a great alternative.

Problems when Tying a Knot

Neckwear is often cut from 53 to 59 inches depending on the manufacturer, this making it too long for many women. One way women have dealt with this problem is to adjust the way they start a knot. By this I mean, when they wrap the thin end around their neck to start the knotting process, they pull the thin end down just a little further before they start to knot the tie in order for it to hang at their waist when it is fully tied. Otherwise it will hang too low. It takes at few attempts to know how far to hang the thin end before getting it right. The downside to doing this is that the place on the necktie where the knotting actually takes place is on a lower and wider part of the accessory. The resulting knots are bigger than intended because more fabric is used to create them, and they don't look as good as they could. They look too big. Of course one way to compensate for this is to choose a different knot, but the best way is to opt for vintage ties which are often shorter and to avoid the problem altogether.

Vintage neckwear from the 1920's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's is much shorter than today's counterparts. The length of those manufactured in the 1920's and 1930's ranges from 46 to 49 inches. Those of the 1940's are a touch longer. The skinny neckties from the 1950's and 1960's range from 50 to 56 inches, so they, too will work well, the added bonus being that by design they have much less fabric, so even if a person is working with one that is 55 inches long, the knot will still look good.

I would advise against ties made in the 1970s. They are close to today's length and very wide. There is simply too much fabric to have to contend with for them to look good, not to mention the fabric itself is often thick polyester. Those of the 1980's tapered back and are as skinny as the ones from the 50's, but some of the polyester and polyester blended fabric may still be too thick. It would be better to choose those made of rayon and silk when shopping from this era.

Variety of Patterns and Designs

Those women who want to enjoy patterns popular today, such as stripes, solids, paisleys, polka dots, and other foulard patterns need not worry, since vintage neckwear offers all of the above and more! Women interested in unique designs need look no further, because the world of vintage is filled with some of the most fabulous neckties whose designs haven't been replicated since.


Vintage ties are a perfect alternative because of their shorter length, which allows women to enjoy a good looking knot and a length which will drape down appropriately, without the need to make any unnecessary adjustments.

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Jackie D. is the owner of Ties2Pillows, an online resource for Vintage Men's Ties with the largest selection of Skinny Narrow Ties for sale on the web.

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This article was published on 2010/03/30