How to Tie Mod Ties

Updated February 21, 2017

Unlike their predecessors, men adopting the mod style of the 1960s often rejected neckties for everyday wear. The popularity of ties for formal occasions still remained. It was not the knot, but style of tie that personified mod men's neckwear. Stylish men rejected the wide painted ties popularised in post-war United States for slender selections paired with slim-cut three-button suits. As an alternative, fill a collar with an ascot or day cravat. Complete your mod style with a monochromatic slim tie or an ascot in a solid or wild geometric print.

Dress in the shirt you wish to wear with the tie, including undergarments. Leave the top button undone.

Drape the tie around your neck with the desired front side facing forward. One side will hang down the front of your body with one side resting on each side of your chest. The widest part, or in the case of a tie of uniform width, the side you wish to face out, should drape on the right side of your shirt. Pull the facing side of the tie down so that it is 8 to 12 inches longer than the tail side.

Cross the facing side of the tie over the short side.

Feed the longer part of the tie underneath and up through the loop or neck hole created by the crossing of the ties.

Pull the front facing side down and to the right. Pull the facing side around the back of the shorter side. Feed it through the loop once again so that you see the back of the facing piece.

Cross the facing piece over the back piece again, and then feed it through the knot. Feed it up over the neck and down through the knot.

Button your shirt's top button, then pull the tie tight as desired.

Place the scarf or ascot tie over your neck, with both sides hanging loosely and evenly over your shoulders. Cross the right side of the tie over the left.

Feed the right end underneath and up through the neck or loop. Position the end you just fed through the loop on the left side. The remaining end will sit on the underside.

Tuck both ends into your shirt collar. Leave the top button open. Arrange the ascot so the tie appears full underneath your collar.


For an authentic mod look, choose a tie less than 3" in width, but preferably closer to 2 1/2". The optimal tie is relatively uniform in width, rather than one that flares and becomes wide towards the end. For an ascot, choose a solid colour or a geometric pattern in bold colours or black and white. While paisley fabrics existed during the 1960s; large-scale earth-tone paisley prints did not gain popularity until the very late 1960s and through the 1970s.

Things You'll Need

  • Necktie in a less than 3" width.
  • Ascot scarf
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