Neckties are an essential piece of a man's wardrobe. If you don't own one, you should probably stop reading this and head to the store (or check out The Tie Bar). But if you're like most guys it's likely you already own a few. Also, if you're like many guys, you own a outdated tie (or two) that you assume you'll never wear again. It has been permanently retired to the back of drawer somewhere. But you can't bring yourself to scrap it because, well, you still love it. The only problem is that it's obnoxiously wide. It looks more like a baby bib than a tie. So what can you do with it?

Have it re-sized.

You can have your ties tailored to whatever thickness you would like. This is a very simple and inexpensive way to breathe new life into your wardrobe. The best part is that this is something you can easily do yourself (future post). If you're not up to the task you can usually use a local tailor - this will typically set you back $8-$12 per tie.

I began tailoring my more passé ties several years ago. Since then I have successfully resurrected dozens of ties. Here's a recent project:

BEFORE: 3 1/2" tie by Christian Dior - purchased for $1 at a thrift store.

Picture of Tie by Christian Dior

AFTER: Slimmed to 2 1/2", perfect for wear with a modern suit.

Picture of Resized Tie 2 3/4"

Here's a guideline I follow when deciding on the right tie thickness: When wearing a suit, try to choose your tie thickness in proportion to the lapels of your jacket. You can't go wrong.

Picture of Ryan Wearing Tailored Tie

Ryan Wearing Tailored Skinny Tie

Do you own any ties that could be re-sized? Let us know!