A professional appearance goes a long way in creating a positive image in business relationships. One thing that has always bothered me is when someone’s tie doesn’t stay centered and drifts off to the side, up under the suit coat, or blows over the shoulder in a strong breeze. Since tie pins and metal tie clasps are not in vogue, here is an easy way to create a tie stay that is invisible holds a tie down better than anything on the market. When I was an art teacher, I followed the old adage that you should dress for where you are going, not for where you are. Therefore, although I taught middle school art, I dressed in suits and ties. Invariably, my tie would fall forward as I leaned over the table and would drag through paint. After a lot of ties were ruined, I came upon a simple solution.
First, a couple of givens:
- Every tie has a loop of fabric on the back of the large end that everyone tucks the smaller end of the tie through once it is tied. For instructional purposes, we’ll call this the “loop”.
- Every shirt has button holes that are spaced a standard distance apart.
Grab a shirt that is worn out and is ready for the trash. Take a pair of scissors and cut off the thick strip of fabric in which the button holes are cut. Finally, cut this strip into several shorter pieces, each containing two button holes, one near the top of the piece and one near the bottom of the piece. You’re done. Easy, huh?
Now tie your tie as you normally would. Adjust the way you tie it so the “loop” winds up between two buttons. It will sometimes end up right over a button and the tie will have to be adjusted. Go ahead and tuck the shorter end of the tie into the “loop”.
Take your new tie stay and button it onto the button that is immediately above the tie’s “loop”. Run the stay through the “loop” and then button it to the button that is immediately below the “loop” on the back of the tie. Done!
The tie will stay centered all day. No wind or movement will move it from center. After a few shirts have been canabalized in this fashion, you will begin to have a lot of different colors of stays so they will match whatever color shirt you wear.
Is this new? I don’t know. It is so simple that someone, somewhere has had to have thought of this before, but I haven’t found them yet. Take, and enjoy!