Every man, secret agent or not, needs to know how to pack ties for travel.
When it comes to gussying oneself up, women have the options of dresses, skirts or pants, as well as all manner of shoes and accessories. With such limited attire choices, if a guy wants to express himself, he must do so with neckwear. If you have no aspirations whatsoever to be in any way Bond-like—charming, suave, sexist—then by all means rip your tie off and toss it on the bathroom floor.
Be sure to let it get damp and crumpled, too, before wearing it the next day. This will ensure that people think you are a disgruntled DMV employee. Believe it or not, ties are made of quite sensitive material—silk, wool, linen—and thus wrinkle rather easily. Throwing your tie on the floor, hanging it on a doorknob, or loosening then yanking it off over your head are also excellent ways to speed up the wear and tear.
While this might sound like a torture device used by a Bond villain, it is actually the preferred method of storing a necktie. Besides sounding like what James Bond does on a Friday night, this is the second-most popular way to store neckwear.
The Esquire-approved technique is to fold the tie in half and then roll it up starting at the narrow end. Stash it in a small box or drawer on its side. This will prevent wrinkles and also give you a nifty hiding spot for all your spy gadgets. The best way to remove your tie like a mature adult human being is to unknot it in the reverse fashion you knotted it. How do you properly knot a tie? Sunday, April 13, Good Measure: I am often asked by customers and styling clients about caring for and storing bow ties.
When it comes to finding suitable storage for your bow ties, it really depends upon whether or not you wear one 5 days a week.
For the occasional wearing it is best to roll or gently fold them in a box, to protect from dust and fading. Some brands, like ZR are sold in appropriate boxes for storage, if this isn't the case, you can find a nice selection of plastic, wood, and even woven storage solutions at stores like Target and The Container Store. A collectors box is also a nice storage option for frequent wearing.
Again, the bow tie can be tied, or rolled, and a beautiful box makes for a handsome display in your closet or on top of your dresser. When it comes to care, there are a few important things to consider. First, and this is really important, iron your bow tie before every wearing. Ironing your bow tie, no matter the material, helps to achieve the perfect knot. A warm iron, low steam, will iron out any wrinkles and help remove odors. Second, after wearing let your bow tie air out.
Don't put it right back into a closed box or a crowded drawer or closet.
Two acceptable ways to store your ties. Not tied and hung on the bedroom doorknob, not hastily flung onto the bathroom floor (although occasionally it may be necessary to hastily fling a tie onto the bedroom floor), and not wadded at the back of your sock drawer. Hang Your Ties The best way to store your ties is by hanging them over a tie-rack or a clothes hanger. If you are using a hanger, stay away from skinny wire hangers as they may cause a crease in the tie. If you’re like me and traveling with two ties at most, simply roll them up and put them in your dress shoes. The rigidity of the dress shoes will keep your ties from getting crushed. Another method is to carefully fold ties in half (narrow end under wide end) and then in half again, and place them in between layers of your other clothing. This should prevent your ties from shifting.