The Right Tie length | Men’s Guide

Written By Bakes

Avid writer on Men's Hair, Grooming, and Lifestyle!

Ensuring you have the right tie length is the difference between having you look presentable or unkempt, which is why our editorial will demonstrate the correct length position along with a video tutorial guide for you to follow.

The smallest of detail makes the biggest difference to your appearance and its our job to ensure the modern man follows our guideline for the best results.

It should be worth noting that our guide applies to both Diamond & Square shape ties!

The following article covers the tie length in detail and answers your questions which include

  • How Long Should A Tie Be?
  • Video Tutorial
  • Tips for The Proper Tie Length


How Long Should A Tie Be?

To ensure the proper tie length essentially the tip of your tie should end at the middle of your waistband. When putting on your tie use your waist band or belt as a reference point to ensure its of the right length. Ensure it does not extend past this point or before your belly button.

Ensure you are stood up right in your natural posture with placing your tie on and ensure its not to long or short.


Video Tutorial

To better articulate our point, the video tutorial below shows you right tie length, using your waistband as a reference point, length to avoid and how to use a tie clip.


Tips for The Proper Tie Length

When thinking about what is the proper length for a tie all you need to remember is

Too Long: This occurs when your tie extends past your belt/waistband area, adjust immediately.

Too Short: This occurs when the tip of your tie is above your belly button making much of your shirt visible, adjust immediately.

Tie Clip: The use of a tie clip is optional, feel free to add for a more formal look. Some tie clips are longer than others due to being different tie shapes and widths, therefore ensure you have the right clip for the appropriate tie at hand.

Match Fabrics – After the correct length has been put in place its best to match the tie to your suiting fabrics for example, cotton ties seamlessly paired with cotton suits and wool ties with wool suits.


The Standard Tie Length

The industry standard for ties across the board is 57 inches. This allows enough length for the end tip of the tie to reach the back loop holding both ends together securely.

As this is the industry standard you may find that some ties are shorter though this is not often the case, however if this is the case remember to ensure the tie comes down to your waistband. This will then mean a shorter back loop for an extended reach.


Tips for Shorter Men

While we do advise you follow our procedures regarding your tie length this may present issues for shorter men.

As we stated the traditional tie is usually 57 inches, if this is to lengthy for your height and structure you run the risk of looking unkempt and silly.

Here are some solutions

Use a Bigger Knot – In order to shorten the length of your tie in proportion to your height you can create a bigger knot. This essentially should take up some length.

Get it Tailored – Altering ties is also an option, using a professional to help bring the tie to a shorter length is an option also available to you.

Shop for Shorter Ties – Today we have brands who sell ties for shorter men such as JIMMY AU’S, FORT BELVEDERE & MOUNTAIN & SACKETT.

So, if you’re on the shorter side no need to worry there are solutions to your problem, just make sure your tie doesn’t past your waistband!


Tie Width

In today’s marketplace tie’s come in different shapes and sizes thus allowing you to select ties which match your personal preference and style.

Some men prefer skinny ties while some prefer bigger ties. Brands and retailers will offer the same tie style in multiple variations therefore it’s up to you to select which of the ties you prefer. The Width does not affect the length under any circumstance.


Removing Tie Stains (Related Article)

For more information around Ties check out our How to Get Rid of Tie Stains editorial which details the different methods used to clean stains based on different fabrics.

To ensure you extract the most value from your tie proper care and treatment must be applied. Before focusing on the length of your tie ensure its neat, well presented, and clean. Not only does is uplift your personal appearance but also allows your ties to last longer.


The tie has been used for decades as a complementary accessory to complete a formal look serving no functional purpose whatsoever. The first ever tie dates to 17th century in which Louis XIII instructed ties be worn at a particular length due to being a part of a uniform look. 

The modern tie as we know it today has traces back to the 1920s and has since been transformed in many ways. Today, ties are sold by brands & retailers in different widths, cuts, fabrics, and style allowing modern men to pick pieces best aligning to his style.

For most men, the necktie is not a daily essential however it will be necessary as events and occasions happen during your life which will mean dressing formally that will require a smart tie. Ties aren’t trendy pieces of clothing that come and go, this accessory has been proven to be uniform and essential to a man’s wardrobe, so you want to make sure you invest in high quality ties.


” A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.” – Oscar Wilde.


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