Ties Vs Cravats And How To Wear Them


Ties Vs Cravats And How To Wear Them

neckwear blog post
1st June 2018

Ties Vs Cravats And How To Wear Them


There are no rules when it comes to neckwear, whether it's for weddings, job interviews or formal events. Although It's a case of personal preference, we want to ensure you look and feel your best wearing accessories that represent who you are. Wedding neckwear in particular is the chosen way for grooms and their groomsmen to incorporate the chosen colour scheme, with several different styles to choose from - the main being traditional ties and cravats. So what's the difference?




Typically satin or silk, this style is a less formal substitute for a traditional tie that adds a special lift to a look. When budget is considered, cravats are usually more expensive, making hire a more suitable option if you have a large group to dress. The unique style is also a great way for the groom to stand out from his groomsmen.


This style of tie usually comes pre tied with just a neck strap to adjust and fasten to a wing collared shirt. Arguably a time saving option for those who struggle to tie knots.



Traditional Tie


On a scale of formality, the traditional style is at the top, taking centre stage at traditional weddings. The familiar style is widely available and it's symmetrical shape can look neater with the right combination of suit or waistcoat. If you wear a tie in the office everyday, you might want to opt for a cravat unless you can't get enough of a classic.


A question we get asked in stores a lot is how to tie a tie, a step that can be difficult for men starting out in a new job or wanting to impress at an interview.


Four in hand knot is one of the easiest out of all tie knot styles and is great for regular length ties.



how to tie a tie

1. Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end on the left. Begin with the small end slightly above your belly-button (will vary depending on your height and the length & thickness of your tie). Only move the active (wide) end.

2. Wide end over the small end to the left

3. Under the small end and to the right

4. Across the front and to the left

5. Up into the neck loop from underneath

6. Down through the loop you've just made in the front

7. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up, adjust and you're done!


Start browsing our wide range of neckwear here and decide if it will be cravat or traditional tie