The small indent in the centre of a tie near the top of the knot is referred to as a tie dimple. It gives your tie personality and class, which adds another dimension to your outfit. A dimple can be added to any type of necktie knot, but they are more common with Eldridge, Capsule, and Nicky knots. To add your dimple, tie your tie normally, but stop just before the part where you tighten the knot. Then, you can add your dimple from either the top or bottom of the knot.
Method 1 Tying Your Tie
1. Before tying the knot, choose your necktie and determine its length. Choose the necktie that you believe will complement your outfit the best. To determine the length, place the blade and tail over your shoulders. Then, start putting the knot together. A dimple can be easily added to any type of knot, so it doesn’t matter which one you use.
The larger piece of fabric that hangs in front is referred to as the blade. The tail is the thinnest part of the tie that sits behind the blade.
Tip: Although a dimple can be added to any knot, it is easiest to add them to simpler knots such as the Windsor, Half-Windsor, and Four-in-Hand. Because the Eldridge, Capsule, and Nicky knots are prone to dimpling in the first place, you may not need to add one.
2. Stop tying the tie just as you’re about to secure the knot. Stop when you get to the part where you pull the blade all the way down through the knot to tighten it. Gently pull the blade 3/4 of the way through the knot and let the tie hang. Allow at least 2–3 inches (5.1–7.6 cm) of space between the looped portion of the blade and the top of the knot.
Maintain enough slack in the blade and knot to reach between the spaces where the knot’s front portion covers the blade.
3. Before adding the dimple, line up your tie and check the length. Before proceeding, ensure that the knot is perfectly assembled and that the blade is the correct length. If there is 2–3 inches (5.1–7.6 cm) of space remaining between the top of the blade and the knot, your blade should hang roughly 3–4 inches (7.6–10.2 cm) above the belt buckle.
You cannot add a dimple after you have tightened your necktie, and the dimple will not look as good if you loosen the knot after adding it to adjust the length of your tie.
Repeat these steps to make a new knot if you need to reassemble the knot or adjust the length.
Method 2 Folding the Dimple from Above
1. Put your thumbs through the loop on top of the knot. Insert your thumbs beneath the portion of the blade that is loosely protruding from the top of the knot. Turn your palms up so that the loop is held with the pads of your thumbs. For an even dimple, keep your hands as symmetrical as possible.
Although folding the dimple from above is easier than adding it from below, you have less control over the size of the dimple.
2. Using both index fingers, pinch the fabric inwards. To add a seam to the loop, slide your index fingers over your thumbs and pinch them inwards. Transfer your grip on the loop to your nondominant hand and hold it there.
You don’t have to squeeze too hard to keep the dimple in place.
3. Pass the blade through the knot. With your dominant hand, grasp the blade just beneath the knot. Keep the dimple in place with your nondominant hand. Pull the blade down slowly to tighten the knot.
4. Slide the dimple through the back of the knot to secure it. Maintain the dimple with your nondominant hand while pulling the blade down to tighten it. Insert the dimple into the front of the knot. The dimple will slip behind the knot’s front and emerge beneath it. Tighten your tie and secure the dimple by pulling the blade all the way through.
The dimple should be located in the centre of your tie. If it isn’t, you may be able to adjust the tie by pulling the dimple’s indentation to the left or right.
Method 3 Adding the Dimple from Below
1. With your index finger, pinch the centre of the blade just below the knot. Just beneath the loose knot, grab the edges of your blade. Apply pressure to the centre of the fabric with your index finger to create a dimple. With your thumb and middle finger, hold the fabric in place while maintaining the dimple with your index finger on the same hand.
Some people prefer to do this with their nondominant hand, while others prefer to do it with their dominant hand. Do whatever makes you feel the most at ease.
Adding the dimple from below requires a little more dexterity, but you have more control over the dimple’s location and size.
2. With your other hand, gently grasp the knot’s sides. Grab the knot’s edges by the bottom edge of the fabric with your free hand. Do not squeeze or pull on the knot; the goal is to simply stabilise it while tightening your tie.
When most people tie their ties, they naturally squeeze the knot a little. Resist the urge to do so, as the dimple will be more difficult to keep in place if you don’t leave some room inside the knot.
3. Pull the blade 1–2 inch (25–51 mm) down. Begin pulling the blade down to tighten your tie with the hand that is holding the dimple. Pull the tie down 1–2 inch (2.5–5.1 cm) and slide your index finger up towards the knot to raise the dimple.
Variation: Slide your index finger on your knot-holding hand down between the front of the knot and the blade for a more pronounced dimple. This will keep the dimple in place from both sides of the knot, and pressing down from above the knot while pulling the blade down from below will result in a larger indentation.
4. Slowly tighten your tie while sliding the dimple up the blade. Brace the knot with your other hand to keep the shape of your tie. Pull the blade down and slide the dimple up until your tie is snug.
If the dimple’s angle appears to be off, gently tug the fabric under your knot to adjust the shape of your dimple.
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