By Jake Woolf for GQ.
Make America tie their ties correctly again. #TIEGATE.
Donald Trump's ties have never been great, both the ones he wears and the ones he sells (which are often the same thing). We can overlook the fact that he uses a Windsor Knot over our preferred four-in-hand style, but the biggest factor contributing to his menswear fail is that he just ties his neckwear way too long, a good four inches beyond where your tie should stop. And today, we learned a very unfortunate by product of that sartorial choice: Donald Trump, the future president of the United States, scotch tapes the back of his tie to the front.
You see, because the President-elect doesn't leave enough slack on the thin end to reach the built-in loop, he's left with an unmoored sliver of silk that threatens his commanding suited man presence. And again, his solution is to use scotch tape, the very adhesive that's sitting next to you at your desks right now, to connect the two pieces. Sad!
To the Trump supporters who will even support this: Do not say that as a taller guy (he stands 6'3"), he needs a longer tie. If Kevin Durant can find ties that work for him, Mr. Trump certainly can. Don't say that as president, he has bigger MAGA-related things to deal with than worrying about his neckties. This country being held together right now about as well as his tie here. Plus, it takes longer to tape your tie than it does to simply do it the right way, so this isn't a good use of his time. As a man who is almost never seen without a tie on and who sells ties with his name on him, you'd expect him to know better. If the design of his ties are really this flawed, wouldn't he have made a note somewhere along the line instead of relying on scotch tape?
This entire situation could be avoided if Trump made use of a GQ essential if there ever was one, a tie bar. The simple metal bar locks in both levels of a tie in place to a shirt's placket. We may not have seen a sitting president wear a tie clip since the LBJ-era, but if the alternative is scotch tape, Trump should probably consider it. If you need any pointers on how to knot it up the right way, we've got you covered, Donald. But for know, we have one thing to say about this ultimate menswear head-scratcher:
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