I recently had a few ties added to my wardrobe. I would very much like to hear the opinions of the gentlemen (and gentlewomen?) here about the length that a tie should go to? IE: Should it reach your belt buckle, etc.
Thanks for your time. Take care
Easy as pie: the widest part of your tie should be exactly level with the top of your pants. Nobody does this as pants slide up and down a bit, and it's just damn hard to hit it exactly right. Never worry. Just make sure it's never too long. If the widest part is below the top of your pants when your pants are in the correct position, you'll look silly.
So: Maximum length is described above, absolute minimum length is the tip of it just touching your pants.
If your wearing a vest or a sweater you simply go for the prettiest knot of exactly the right size. Don't worry about the length.
Fantastic advice- I'll aim for that from now on. Thanks!
Touching the belt buckle is what I always heard.
The official "rule of thumb" is that the bottom tip of the tie should hit the center of your belt buckle.
Will and George are correct. Problem with The Dutch Dastard's rule of thumb is that the widest part of most neckties is always several inches above the tip of the "fat end". (Square tipped knit neckties being the obvius exception, of course.)
If the widest part is several inches above the tip, your wearing really strange, extremely pointy ties. The widest part is the part where it actually goes back 'in' again, usually about one inch above the point, never several, and therefore causing the tip to reach the center of your buckle.
It is all the same.
@ DD, on the West side of the Atlantic, the fashion rule of thumb is "tip of tie to top of belt buckle". Given the OP identifies himself as a US resident, the long-standing Western Hemisphere fashion rules of thumb should apply.
Let the tip hit about half an inch into my belt buckle. Never is exact, but it looks good. Too long or too short, you look like an idiot.