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The Art of the Patch Tail Necktie

by James Brooks | July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Before we even get into how to wear one, let’s define what one is. A patch tail necktie is different from a standard necktie in one way and one way only: the tail of the tie is a different and contrasting color than the front of the tie. There you have it. Same shape, same way to tie it, but so many more options when it comes to styling and how to wear it. Let’s break it down and get you on the road to Dapperville.

The Sullivan Necktie, the thoroughbred of patch tails.

The Hideaway

Not feeling very daring today? That's fine. Take the tail of the patch tail necktie and tuck it into the loop. This will keep the contrasting tail hidden and will keep the focus on the subtle details of the tie. A great styling tip here: notice how the cut-away collar shows just a sliver of the red and white striped tail next to the knot. Observant passersby will do a double-take and shower you with compliments.

The Sneak Peek

You want to show off that contrasting tail a bit and stand out from the crowd. Leave the tail outside of the loop and let it swing freely. Another tip for pulling off this look: use a tie clip to keep the tail poking out. The tie clip will keep your tie in place and keep the tail out for the world to see. Now put your shoulders back and walk with confidence because you look like a million bucks.

Nothin' But Tail

How about some free-tailin'? Watch out because you'll literally stop traffic with this one. Bring that tail out from its hiding spot and let it grab attention all around. Don't use a tie clip to keep your tie in place, rather let it move around and keep that tail in plain sight. Now go bust down some walls with your daring and dashing good looks.


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Tagged: Bedford and Broome, Dapper, Men's Fashion, mens fashion advice, patch tail neckties, Renaissance Man, style guide

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