101 easy ways to dress better. No. 10: Put a dimple in your tie

Monday, April 12, 2010
I'm not sure why - whether it's mere convention or whether there's some objective reason to it, but elegant and stylish dressing often requires small imperfections, slight variations, subtle differences in texture. It's one of the reasons why I'm opposed to the perfect triangle and neat lines of a windsor knot, and it's also why introducing a dimple to your tie will look so much smarter.

To me, the dimple prevents the body of the tie from simply being an uninterrupted flow of bright fabric coming straight down from your collar. It breaks up the line slightly, and will add areas of shadow that enhance whatever colour or pattern is on the tie.

It's easy to add a dimple when you're tying your tie, just slide your finger into the knot and push the middle down, while rolling the edges up slightly. Pull your finger out as you tighten the knot and, with a bit of practice, you should be able to create a neat, and very smart, dimple.