SELECT YOUR TIE
The proper width of a tie, and one that will never be out of style ranges from 2 3/4 to 3 1/2 inches. As long as the proportions of men's clothing remain true to a man's body shape this width range will always be in style.
The relationship of a tie's knot to the shirt collar is an important consideration. If the relationship is proper, the knot will never be so large that it spreads the collar or forces it open, nor will it be so small that it will become lost in the collar.
Standard neckties come in lengths anywhere from 52 to 58 inches long. Taller men, or those who use a Windsor knot, may require a longer tie. The tips of a tied necktie should be long enough to reach the waistband of the trousers.
All fine ties are cut on the bias, which means they have been cut across the fabric. This allows them to fall straight after the knot has been tied, without curling. A simple test consists of holding a tie across your hand. If it begins to twirl in the air, it was probably not cut on the bias and it should not be purchased. Cutting across the bias uses considerably more cloth in the manufacturing process.
Originally, neckties were cut from a single large square of silk, which was then folded seven times
in order to give the tie a rich fullness. Today the price of silk and the lack of skilled artisans greatly limits this form of manufacture. Ties now derive their body and fullness by means of an additional inner lining.
Besides giving body to the tie, the lining helps the tie hold its shape.
Take a look at the tie just above the spot where the two sides come together to form an inverted V. In most quality ties, you will find a stitch joining the back flaps. This is called the bar tack, and it helps maintain the shape of the tie.
Take the tie in your hand and run your finger down its length. You should find three separate pieces of fabric stitched together, not two, as in most commercial ties. This construction is used to help the tie conform easily to the neck.
Read about the history of ties