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A writer has spent the last few months traveling all over Manhattan, measuring (and re-measuring) neckties to compile a Necktie Guide PDF comparing 55 labels by length and price. A few of his observations: "Neckties currently range from about 54-60 inches," "Silk neckties tend to stretch out as they are worn; other materials hold their length and shape better" and "Although certain tiemakers achieve a very consistent length, many labels vary significantly. Sometimes by several inches—within the same brand/style/color! If length is important to you, bring a tape measure, ask a salesperson for one, or hold up several ties next to each other to compare." [Short Shrifted]