Neckties and bow ties are no longer limited to men who work a 9-to-5 job, the upper-class demographic, or formal wear. Nor do they need to be a dreaded item to choose and wear. Ties are celebrated and making a comeback in a big way. But as your collection grows, you’ll need an organized storage method.
Here, you’ll learn how to store ties neatly and tactfully, so they continue to add style to your wardrobe for years to come.
Untying Your Ties
One of the best ways to keep your necktie or bow tie in stellar shape is by making sure you know how to untie your tie the right way.
We’ve all seen the exhausted businessman tugging and ripping at his necktie after a long day at the office. Pulling your tie off may feel liberating, but it’s a surefire way to ruin your favorite tie.
The easiest (and often preferred way) to remove your tie is to pull the thin end through the knot. This quick and easy method will result in a tie that loses its shape over time and will undoubtedly have a shorter lifespan.
The secret to keeping your ties looking as great as the first day you wore them is by taking them off in the reverse order as you put them on.
Two Ways to Store Your Tie
There are dozens of products designed to hang your ties, but there are two primary ways to store your ties.
Let’s take a closer look at each method below.
Hang Your Ties
Whether you own one tie or 20, hanging up ties is an easy way to keep your neck and bow ties organized, and in good condition. But, before you decide to hang up your ties, consider the pros and cons of this storage method.
- Space efficient
- There are several hooks, racks, and tie hangers available
- Your ties stay wrinkle-free if you hang them up correctly
- Hanging a large tie collection can be tricky
- Ties can get damaged or permanently wrinkled
- It can look sloppy and disorganized
The best way to hang ties on a hanger is to gently fold it in half and slide it onto the hook. When you need to take a tie off the hanger, remove the hanger from the closet and tilt the hanger horizontally.
You should be able to remove the tie without disturbing the others.
When considering how to hang ties, you should always have enough room between the ties and one tie should not be weighed down by others. Overcrowding your ties can lead to permanent wrinkles and crumpled ends.
Find a tie hanger that keeps your closet free of clutter and your ties wrinkle-free.
Tie hooks are available as individual hooks that you can attach to your closet door, or there are tie hooks attached to a rack that looks similar to a smaller version of a wall-style hat or coat rack.
Tie hooks are often plastic or metal and are best-suited for a small tie collection. Make sure that you hang or drape the tie over the hook as you would on a hanger and try to keep one tie to a hook to keep them wrinkle-free.
Look for tie hooks that will display your unique tie collection.
Pull-Out Tie Rack
A pull-out tie rack is an excellent space saving option for small closets or limited wall space. Install a pull-out rack at eye level to make selecting your daily tie a breeze.
Most pull-out racks have similar designs to hooks or hangers, so you can hang and store your tie the same way just make sure you keep your tie away from humidity, heat, direct sunlight and dust.
Save space and keep your ties organized with a pull-out tie rack.
Built-In Tie Racks
Built-in tie racks are great for extensive tie collections. A built-in rack may be in a closet or armoire. Like other tie racks and hangers, a built-in has bars and hooks to hang ties one by one.
Have a large tie collection but are limited on space? Check out our selection of built-in tie racks.
Roll Your Ties
Similar to hanging ties, rolling ties has benefits and drawbacks:
- Less damage to your ties
- An attractive way to display your ties
- Can damage ties if done incorrectly
- It’s not a space efficient method
How to Roll Your Ties
With a little practice, rolling ties is easy. Lay your tie on a flat surface and fold it in half, so the thin end lines up with the label on the thick part. When folding ties, make sure that there are no wrinkles before you start to roll.
Check out this quick tutorial for an easy tie roll.
Take the thinnest end of your folded tie and start to roll it towards you. You should end up with a nice and even cylindrical shape that isn’t too tight.
You can also roll your tie by gripping the thin end of your tie between your thumb and forefinger. Letting your tie hang down (without dragging on the ground), carefully wrap the tie around your finger and thumb until it’s in a roll. Remember, not too tight and make sure it’s straight.
If you’re wondering how to store ties in a drawer and keep them organized, you can keep them in a drawer with dividers once they are rolled up. Try to keep one tie to each divider (depending on the size).
Showcase and organize your favorite ties with drawer dividers.
Bow Ties vs. Neckties
Unless you have a clip-on, you should treat your bow ties and neckties with an equal amount of care.
Whether you hang or roll bow tie or neckties, you must always make sure that they are completely untied. Never store a tie with a partial knot or if it’s full of wrinkles.
Rolling and hanging ties both require space for each tie, and should be stored in an environment that is relatively cool and dry with minimal dust.
Over stuffing a drawer or box full of rolled ties or hanging too many ties on one rack will result in wrinkles and damage over time.
Removing Wrinkles from Your Tie
Even if you store ties properly and make sure they are untied completely when taken off, wrinkles can still happen.
Owning more than one tie can help take the wear, tear, and wrinkles off of just one, but it’s also a good idea to know how to remove wrinkles from your tie.
While you should never store ties in a humid space, the steam in your bathroom during a shower or even a handheld steamer can erase the wrinkles quickly.
Note: Always read the care instructions on the tie packaging before attempting to steam out wrinkles.
Hang or Roll?
There’s no cut and dry answer about how to store ties. If you only wear bow ties, you may have more luck rolling your ties than hanging them on a standard tie hanger. If you wear neckties and have limited space, you might benefit from a pull-out tie rack.
As long as you care for and store ties properly, you’ll keep them looking in top shape for a long time.