Monday, June 29, 2015

How To Tie A Tie: A Gentleman's Guide To Getting Dressed - Book Review

I grew up blissfully unaware about the rules to suit wearing. I had no idea there were guidelines regarding how to button a suit jacket, or that you were supposed to snip visible tags off the jacket before wearing it. Now that I have become a mom to three boys, I feel like I should have a better grasp on the dos and don'ts of suit wearing.

My favorite thing about this book is actually the cover. The covers feels just like a fabulous textured striped tie. I actually had a little trouble getting a chance to read this book, because the boys all wanted a little quality time with it. Luke loved the texture and would carry it around... Not unlike his favorite toy. Spain loved all the pictures... And there are a lot of pictures in this book. Alex enjoyed studying the instructions for the various knots.

As you would expect from the title, the majority of the book is dedicated to learning how to tie various knots. There are over 70 pages filled with step-by-step instructions (and accompanying pictures), to help you master the art of tie wearing. There are instructions for three different pocket square folds and very quick introduction to color wheels and seasonally appropriate fabric.
Unfortunately I felt like this book fell flat for anything other than tie tying instructionals. Jackets, pants and vests get hardly more than a passing mention. Sadly, the button rule is not mentioned anywhere in the book. 
On the bright side, if you can pull off the Trinity knot, maybe the intricate design will pull attention away from the bottom button on your suit jacket. 

More info on this book can be found at How To Tie A Tie by Potter Style.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.