The Difference Between a Tipped and Untipped Tie

In the latest video from our Details Series, Leah and fashion consultant Chris Modoo talk about the difference between a tipped and untipped tie.

Ties may look simple to make, but they can be constructed in many different ways, and each has its own unique number of folds. Tipping within a tie usually refers to the lining on the underside of the tie blade, which can be either tipped or untipped. Below, we explore the key differences between the two versions.


The classic construction and modern look would be a tie that is tipped. Typicallyties are self-tipped, where the tip is made from the same material and pattern as the shell fabric.

Self-tipped ties require extra fabric and detail within the construction, which is usually a sign of higher quality production value. Some retailers may use a synthetic solid alternative fabric for the tipping as it’s not on show. However, self-tipped ties are far more expensive because you need more material to finish the tie beautifully. 

At Rampley & Co, all our handmade tie collections come self-tipped as standard to keep a consistent design to the product, offering you the highest quality.

Example of a Rampley & Co self-tipped tie blade.


An untipped tie is quite simply a tie where the blade of the tie has no lining on the inside. Instead, it's finished with stitching, and you can often see the canvas on the inside as it's exposed. This style of tie would've been quite usual back in the 1920s when ties were worn underneath waistcoats, and the blade of the tie wasn't seen as that important.

In recent years, untipped ties have come back into fashion as it complements the modern take on unstructured tailoring, so the southern Italian style of tailoring works well with this type of tie.

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Rampley & Co bespoke untipped tie in charcoal wool


Self tipped ties have more structure by adding the layer of fabric under the blazer, therefore giving a nice, even point to the tip. Additionally, they are visually more appealing by having the same fabric pattern rather than using a solid fabric colour for the tipping, such as black or grey.

Untipped ties offer a more relaxed and casual appearance, perfect for soft tailoring or holiday occasions such as weddings. We offer untipped ties as part of our bespoke tie service, where we’ve partnered with iconic brands such as Fox Brothers and Scabal to source any style or finish a customer requires. 

Our bespoke service allows you to determine the length, blade width, fabric and finish including either self-tipped or hand rolled. For more information, please send your enquiry to and we’ll be happy to guide you through the process.

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1. All our ties are handmade in England by tie makers with decades of experience producing the finest ties. This ensures that each tie is entirely unique as well as being produced to an exceptionally high standard. We carefully select our interlinings based on the individual fabric being used, which ensures the perfect balance of weight and movement to prevent creasing.

Moss Pindot Fox Brothers Tie

2. We choose to work with only the finest fabrics to make our ties. Our wool and cashmere fabrics are woven in the UK from the world renowned Fox Fabrics and Scabal. We also only work with the finest silk, printed in Macclesfield, England, an area that traces its history of textile production back hundreds of years.

Fox Brothers Fabric Book

3. Our ties are produced as a classic 3-fold tie with a self-tipped finish, which provides a nice weight while not using an excessive amount of fabric. Self-tipping is widely considered as a finer way to finish a tie, where the back of the blade is made from the same fabric as the tie itself. Self-tipped ties are generally found on premium quality neckwear due to the higher cost of production.

Self tipped grey and white pinstripe

4. We produce our ties with the versatile dimensions of an 8cm (3.15 inches) wide blade and 150cm (59 inches) long. This ensures our ties will pair nicely with the width of most jacket lapels. We also add a stretch loop while slipping the tie, a continuous piece of thread that allows the fabric to move when worn. This special stitch is another indicator that a tie is handmade.

Brown Glen Check Super Fine Merino Wool Tie