It's not just cheaper ties which can crease; if you order neckwear online or store them incorrectly they can often end up looking worse for wear. We've put together the most indispensible advice for removing the creases from your tie.
Before ironing the tie, check the tag on the necktie; it will normally display the recommended iron temperature. (Cool settings for silk and polyester ties, medium heat settings for wool ties, higher heat settings for cotton fabric ties.)
Put a clean white cloth (cotton or linen) on the ironing board before laying down your necktie, backside up.Start from the bottom and make your way to the top. (Do it in small portions). Let the steam from the iron pass over the tie while you smooth the creases out with your hand.
Lift the cloth every so often to check whether the tie shows any colour changes - if it does immediately lower the iron's temperature. When the back is finished, turn the tie over and then press the front side using the cloth.
Once finished, immediately hang the tie to cool before storing or wearing. Remember, never completely flatten your necktie with the iron - it is supposed to keep its tubular texture and shape.
Words by Stephen Isaac-Wilson with Diane Kennedy of the Savile Row Company. www.savilerowco.com
Illustration by Nick Hardcastle.