The Abi is done – now it’s time to celebrate, celebrate, celebrate! In addition to the many small parties, with which the new freedom is certainly enthusiastically appreciated, there is also a very big event: the Abi ball ! Here it comes down to a certain chic – which for the guys means to look not only for a suit, but if necessary. also to practice in advance the handling of the tie, so that on the day of the days everything sits neatly.
And this is quite a challenge: many a man has gotten hopelessly tangled and tied himself trying to tie a tie! And of course you can’t really party with your hands tied, nor can you do justice to a possible senior prom date! For this you need free hands and a clear, not strangulated head!
But all joking aside: To make sure that you not only look good at the Abi ball, but also remain capable of acting and at the same time can come up with a good portion of knowledge about tie knots as a small talk topic, we have compiled a few interesting facts and tips on the topic for you!
Which tie to wear with which suit?
Much more important than the tie is of course your suit and your shirt. So it is best to buy these two utensils first and ideally also matching shoes, stockings and a belt, before you torture yourself through the enormously large selection of ties and deal with tie knots. Then, when choosing a tie, just make sure it matches the color of the rest of your outfit. And what about a pattern? This should also, if absolutely one is desired, be suitable. Who thinks printed funny figures or sayings are this, but is probably rather off the mark. At first glance they may provide a laugh. But if you are completely honest, such ties also seem a bit childish and thus unsuitable for real men with a high first degree of education. And besides, at the latest at the interview for the apprenticeship, the tie knot should be in place.
The choice of tie knots
Good, good: The perfect tie is bought and waiting for its use. And then there’s this: contrary to what you might have imagined, there is no such thing as a tie knot per se, but rather a whole armada of different ways to tie a tie! There it laces some rightly the neck, even before the fashionable accessory has even reached its actual destination! But don’t panic, here’s a quick rundown of a few terms you might encounter if you’re lamenting to anyone about this fashionable variety. In this case, it is very likely that you will hear mainly the terms "Windsor knot" and "simple tie knot". These terms describe only two well-known tie knots and so that the matter is not too simple, there are of course countless others.
But let’s just stick to these two quite common tie knots for a moment. The simple tie knot is one that can be tied in just a few steps with a little practice. Here, in simplified terms, basically the wide end of the tie is wrapped around the thin one and finally pulled first from below through the neck loop and then from above through the loop created by wrapping. As the name "simple tie knot" suggests, however, this knot is far from being the most elegant: it sometimes looks a bit narrow and therefore more suitable for a not-so-official occasion. If you want your tie knot to be a bit more voluminous and therefore festive, you might be better off with the Windsor knot. It actually exists in two variants – as a half Windsor knot and simply as Windsor accounts. The former is tied – possibly also depending on how you count – in five main steps, the latter in six. This should also make it clear that the "whole" Windsor knot (be careful with the small talk mentioned above: the "whole" is not actually a part of the name) is a "half" Windsor knot!) is even more voluminous than the half tie.
By the way, embarrassment is not only a threat if the tie knot is not tied properly, but also if the length of the tie no longer fits due to all the knotting: The tie should end just below the waistband of the pants – the whole thing, of course, while standing upright and not in an extremely bent-over position. The thin end of the tie must be able to be reliably hidden behind the wide one. Otherwise you look like a clown!
With the knots mentioned above, you can actually get by for a lifetime – unless you want to pursue a career as a model, later work in a fashion-conscious company, someone invents tying a tie from scratch, or you have other good reasons to be introduced to the high orders of tie tying. However, boredom should not count as a "good reason" here – there are certainly better alternatives as a leisure activity.
The biggest problem: the perspective when tying a tie!
Instructions for tie knots are a dime a dozen on the web. The only thing that’s common is that these instructions often offer an outside view of the tie that needs to be tied. When trying to tie a tie on your own, however, you are of course sort of hanging between the two long ends of the tie and your perspective is therefore different. Those of us who are a bit gross-motivated (and we all are sometimes) have to practice in peace and quiet until we get the hang of the perspective change and the tie knot itself. Do not postpone this practice until the day of the graduation ball, but do it beforehand. And look for a mirror – that already helps a lot! If there’s really nothing more you can do, here’s some help with tying your tie: 1. Father or grandfather – both should be skilled tie tyers due to their age. 2. Mother or big sister – may have to help their husbands, who may then not yet be skilled tie-tyers despite their advanced age, tie their ties for years. 3. The friendly menswear shopkeeper – might be helpful if you storm his store five minutes before the start of the Abi Ball and tell him your woes, after all he’ll have a funny story to tell over supper and might have found a new customer too. 4. The pre-tied tie – it might be a little bit silent, but there are also pre-tied ties that can save your collar. There are different fastening systems, but you must always hide them well so that no one finds out about your cheating. If a rubber band serves as an attachment, you should even hide it well, and not just for visual reasons: once discovered, it could encourage classmates to pull on your tie, only to have it snap back brutally – against your bib, so to speak. Ouch – that is painful and dangerous!
You can do it without tie knots, broken wrists and sore neck?
All the tie tying is too stressful for you? At the moment, bow ties are also totally in vogue: Whether these, which can actually be tied by the employee like a tie, are a great help, however, remains questionable. Here, too, the already tied, but perhaps not quite as stylish model would be a real alternative, if you are fundamentally at war with tying.
If you really don’t like bow ties or ties at all, go to your senior prom without them: there will certainly be no bouncer who will refuse you admission without a male necklace. Besides, you are still young and wild. There one can break also once with old-established dress regulations. If you don’t want to go quite that far, wear your tie at the beginning of the event and loosen it or even take it off completely when the boisterous part of the party is coming up! Either way: You’re going to rock the evening! Have fun!