Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Book Review: Tied my Up for Hours - How to Tie a Tie

The book "How to Tie a Tie" covers fifteen different ways to tie a tie, along with how to tie a bowtie. There are plenty of graphics throughout the book that illustrated the instructions for tying the different knots. The graphics were clear and easily followed by even a novice such as myself. I really appreciate this as to watching a video online because the video moves far faster than my hands do when trying to tie a tie. I would be constantly pausing the video and rewinding just to see exactly how their hands moved.

The book does not lay flat - shocker. Other reviews have mentioned this as well and if there was a built in mechanism for making the book stay open on a page I'd be even more grateful. Right now I use a paper weight to hold open my page when getting the steps down.

Of course I tried my best to work through the instructions for tying the different knots - I leave my ties tied to save time in the morning so I don't often need to tie them and when I do - I usually forget how.This book provides a great quick access guide for those times that I do need to retie them so in that respect it almost works as a coffee table book too! (Just too small) We've often had a conversation about how to tie a bow tie so this will be a great tool in teaching that long died sought after skill.

Inside the book you'll find:
* Step-by-step instructions to knot neckties for casual, office, and evening wear
* Tailoring basics for dressing excellence
* Guidelines for matching cufflinks to shirts, folding pocket squares, and other essential finishing touches

"A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life,"  quipped Oscar Wilde, a fashion genius who could knot an ascot as well as he could turn a phrase. For the rest of us, there's How to Tie a Tie. Whether you have always wanted to master a classic Windsor knot or simply need to rustle up an acceptable bow tie, this is your personal guide to dressing seriously well.

This makes a great graduation gift from high school or college!

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