Would you ever wear a man's tie this way?

I saw this picture in the weekend Wall Street Journal magazine and want to try wearing a man's tie like this but am concerned that it may be too weird. What do you think? Would you do it? Should a more colorful tie be used?
To me it looks like the tie is folded in half then put around the neck and ends put though the loop end like a Euroknot. The loose ends look like they are tucked under the jacket. All this is on top of the collar of a buttondown shirt. It may be the pattern mixing of geometric print tie, tweed jacket and shirt with thin stripes that appeals to me.

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  • Debbie replied 3 years ago

    I think it is a cool idea that is worth experimenting with.

  • DJP replied 3 years ago

    Oh, I love this! I'm always looking for new ways to accessorize in a "not trying too hard" way. Thank you so much Joy for finding this little gem. Not weird at all and I think any tie will do as long as it compliments the rest of the outfit. Please post your pic if you try this. It's already too warm here in BC to wear  anything around one's neck but I can't wait to try this when the time comes.I really like that it's age appropriate  for any age!

  • karymk replied 3 years ago

    Joy I can see why this appeals to you but the execution would have to be flawless--Nice to look at but if you really want to wear it this way have someone stitch n style it for you!  I have a feeling this has a lot of smoke and mirrors going on behind the scenes! e.g., pins, glue

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    That is cool. Really appeals to me, too. I might try it. 

    Is his a tie or a cravat, I wonder? It is difficult to say. 

  • rachylou replied 3 years ago

    I love it. I'd totally do this.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Debbie, that is wise. It wouldn't hurt to experiment. Of course there would be DH's laughter.
    DJP, I love your enthusiasm. It is too warm for something on the neck here too, but I will post when I try it.
    Karymk, that is wise advice. I wondered if things would stay put. Maybe fashion tape?
    Suz, hard to say. It looks wide. I guess whatever works.
    Rachylou, I can see you doing this and looking amazing. Much of the fun would be the looks and comments.g

  • Adelfa replied 3 years ago

    If I had the neck, yes! Ties are so cool.

  • deb replied 3 years ago

    I like it.

  • Aziraphale replied 3 years ago

    No, I wouldn't, but not because it's too weird -- only because I can't stand things up close to my neck! It's actually kind of cool. Why don't you give it a whirl?

  • Vildy replied 3 years ago

    Thanks for posting - I will definitely try this.  Like a modified, stylized turtleneck.

  • approprio replied 3 years ago

    Looks great, but as well as all the smoke and mirrors, I think it would have to be a really beautiful high quality silk tie. If DH has a few good ones, you should definitely give it a shot. Looking forward to seeing this!

  • Summer replied 3 years ago

    Interesting, Joy.  It gives the impression of a modern cravat.

  • Staysfit replied 3 years ago

    I would definitely give it a whirl! It looks like it would look fab. Please post your results.

  • crutcher replied 3 years ago

    That speaks to me, too...I have a long neck that could probably wind it around three times...smile...Think giraffe and how many times it would go around..smile...

  • Destri replied 3 years ago

    I quite like that. I have always been rather intrigued with men's ties--I just think they are interesting while at the same time being rather odd (in a good way!). I have sported a men's tie (tied the normal way) at sporting events (no pun intended!) when I was looking for a unique way to wear my team's colors (I wore a tie tied loosely over a tee and a little vest with jeans). I think I will play around with this idea as it might be a neat look come fall/winter (especially since I have been having scarf fatigue for quite some time but can't seem to get off of them!) Goodness knows my DH has many for me to choose from! Thanks for posting this idea!

    Oh, and if my memory serves me correctly, I remember seeing a picture of dear Angie wearing a men's tie when I was looking through the outfit archives--it looked great to my eye.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 3 years ago

    Love the look and think it's totally worth trying.

  • torontogirl replied 3 years ago

    I think it looks really interesting - unique but subtle too. I think Karmyk made some wise suggestions and observations there.

  • tulle replied 3 years ago

    Not weird at all, and I like it.  It looks like a version of a slip knot (where you fold a long scarf in half, drape it around your neck, then slip the loose ends together through the folded end) so the tie would have to be fairly long & not too narrow, but what a great use for some of the gorgeous abandoned silk ties I've seen in thrift shops (and my husband's closet!) It seems perfect for Fall, especially with a slightly equestrian look--a way to get a little neck coverage without a bulky scarf.  I'm eager to see what you do with the look, and plan to play with it myself. I've been intrigued by the idea of wearing men's ties, but not in the typical way.  I have a skinny thrifted Hermes tie--cerulean blue silk with a pattern of little drums on it--and I'm always looking for the perfect creamy silk shirt to wear it with, loosely Windsor-knotted at the breastbone.

  • replied 3 years ago

    At first I thought it was an ascot, but I guess not.

  • replied 3 years ago

    This is totally cool, and you'd most definitely need a standard mens'tie to make it work. Personally I don't think I'd wear it, but only because with short hair and a tie, it's veering into too masculine of a look for me. But with your long hair - I think this is a nifty idea. 

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    I looked at lots of Google images of ascots and most look like they would not be long enough for this.  I saw some interesting ways to wear an ascot but none looked like the photo I posted. 

    Tulle, I have seen some beautiful silk ties in thrift shops for a dollar.  That's a great idea.  I love the picture you paint of wearing a tie knotted low and loose with a perfect cream silk shirt.  Now I want a cream silk tie.

    Destri, what a great idea for a new way to sport a team's or school's colors.

  • replied 2 years ago

    Je vai essayer ça me plait J'aime le changement pour moi qui suit fan de cravates

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    I look forward to seeing it on you, Joy, and also on Bernard62!
    I think it's a really cool look. I don't think you have to do it exactly like the photo, either; if I were going to try it, I would have to make it looser, for example. (It might not work, but that's what I'd try, because I'm not crazy about the feel of buttoned-up collars.) 

  • Peri replied 2 years ago

    Me? No. But I'd love to see your version and see if it works!

  • soobee replied 2 years ago

    I love it but too hot to wear that here.  I would not wear my moustache that way, however.

  • smittie replied 2 years ago

    I would do this. I'd start with a tie that had a more feminine print.

  • retailgirl replied 2 years ago

    It looks great. I'd definitely try it. I'd try it over a shirt with an open neckline. Another way to,wear a man's tie is as a belt. I've done it tying the belt in a one sided bow. I once worked with a group of men who would wear their NFL ties on game Sundays to work. ( retail; we work on Sunday) I'm no football fan but they gave me a tie with all the NFL logos on a black background which I'd wear ( as a belt) with a black pinstripe suit and white shirt.

  • replied 2 years ago

    J'ai essayé

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Thank you for all the comments and ideas. I'd forgotten about this idea and am trying to find a tie to go with a shirt I own.

  • replied 2 years ago

    Merci Joie il me retarde de voir vos photos

  • Cococat replied 2 years ago

    It looks interesting Joy. I would love to see your interpretation.

    Personally, I don't think I would like something high up around my neck like that.

  • Leighways replied 2 years ago

    I love it! I'm a scarf lady personally, but I've always been keen on trying out some ties. It's a neat way to arrange it, could be fun to add pins to as well.

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