Archive for April 19th, 2012
A tie has always been considered as an integral part of men’s clothing, especially for working professionals. It is a symbol that elicits power and authority and will never remain out of fashion. It is also an important aspect of school uniforms that symbolizes membership. Ties are mostly made of cotton, polyester or silk. There are different types of neckties such as the cravat, the bow ties and the four-in-hand. The types of neckties that are used most commonly are the four-in-hand and the six or seven fold ties. There are several techniques that can be used to tie a necktie knot like the four-in-hand, double simple, half Windsor, double Windsor or Windsor Knot, etc.
The double Windsor knot is less popular compared to the half Windsor and can also be a little more difficult to tie. It is now gaining popularity in men’s fashion, as more and more men are attempting to learn to tie the double Windsor knot. The Windsor knots are named after the Duke of Windsor, King Edward VII. They are popular as necktie knots for formal occasions like business meetings, interviews and conferences. The double Windsor, is suited for big, spread collars as it is wide and occupies quite a lot of volume. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to tie a double Windsor tie knot.
How to Tie a Double Windsor Tie Knot
Step# 1: Button up your shirt and flip up the collar.
Step# 2: Place the tie around the back of your neck, in such a way, that the wider end of the tie hangs on your dominant hand’s side.
Step# 3: The wider end should be hanging more than the narrow end, approximately 12 inches below. Cross the wide end once over the narrow end.
Step# 4: Wind it around the back of the narrow end, below your neck.
Step# 5: Put the wide end through the loop formed in between the collar and the tie, bringing it down towards your non-dominant hand.
Step# 6: Now wrap the wide end around up to the front of the knot.
Step# 7: Put the wide end through the front of the loop, pull it out through the back of the loop towards your dominant hand.
Step# 8: Next, wrap the wide end of the tie once over the knot and form a V-shape.
Step# 9: Pull the wide end through the back of the loop and tuck it down through the front of the loop.
Step# 10: Tighten the knot by gently pulling the wide end.
Step# 11: Then pull the narrow end until the knot firmly sticks to your collar, flip down your collar and you’re done!
Use of tie accessories like tie straps, tie bars, tie tacks, tie clips and tie chains will enhance the overall look of the tie and also the outfit. Always remember to follow necktie etiquette while sporting one to present yourself appropriately and to avoid unwanted embarrassment. Also, wear a tie that compliments your shirt well and purchase ties that are appropriate for your height, as wearing short ties is not advisable for tall men and vice-a-verse. Now that you know how to tie a double Windsor tie knot, practice tying it over and over again to achieve a perfect one.
Many women wonder how to wear their shoes in a fashionable way, indeed, with all the trends and fashions to choose from, it is sometimes easy to get lost in the vast array of choices and end up making tragic fashion mistakes. In this article, the aim is to discuss some general issues that women have when it comes to footwear fashion.
How to wear sandals: The first thing to consider when wearing sandals is the attractiveness of your feet – you need to make sure you don’t have cracked heels, easily solved with creams available at your local supermarket. Ensure your nails are clean and well kept – a pedicure is the perfect solution here.
How to wear Espadrilles: these shoes are coming back into fashion, so it is essential to understand the kind of look they suit. They are informal shoes, so need to be worn with casual clothing. They look great with a pair of skinny jeans, or when teamed with a short skirt.
What shoes to wear to the office: this is a complicated issue, you want to look fashionable, but you need to be careful not to cross over into the unacceptable. Choose either a shoe with a bright colour, or a shoe with plenty of flourish (such as bows, laces, buckles, frills, tassels…), but never opt for a shoe with both – doing so will draw too much attention, one or the other provides a nice balance. Alternatively, you can opt for a more conventional, yet fashionable shoe, such as brogues, court shoes, or loafers – all of which are highly fashionable, yet understated, perfect for a professional occupation.
What shoes look best with miniskirts: There are several shoes well suited to the mini-skirt; ballerina pumps are fantastic, as are most types of flat shoe, stiletto heels are also a great choice. Women’s shoes to avoid are certain types of boots, particularly ugg-style boots.
Shoes that make you look slim: the stiletto heel is the best means to achieving a nice figure without doing any work beyond putting them on. They elongate the leg, tighten the bottom, and reduce the appearance of chunky legs and thighs. They are probably the most flattering style of women’s shoes, but not so if you are not able to walk in them. If you have never worn stilettos before, make sure that you practice before going out in public! Any type of heel though, will help to slim the thighs and calves, the higher the better, but even a short heel helps.
Fashionable shoes that are also comfortable: a balance between comfort and fashion can sometimes be hard to strike. There are ranges of shoes that can achieve just this though, flats, such as loafers and ballet pumps are great. Alternatively, you can try a pair of fur-lined boots or cowboy boots with a slight heel. When it comes to walking comfortably in heels, this needs practice and takes time for your legs to adjust, but once you have worn heels for a while, they do become comfortable. But of course, the greatest shoe for comfort and style are slippers…but you shouldn’t wear these outside the house!