What type of Tie Knot do I wear?

Apologies to readers for the slight delay with frequency of posting in this last week.  Concurrently with this post, I have worked extensively on the blog’s first ever newsletter – a 27 page detailed insight into neckties!  Please feel free to sign up for this and other newsletters that will be published several times a year – each newsletter providing detailed insight into either a product category or fashion trends! https://suitupdressup.wordpress.com/newsletter-signup-2/

While I use this blog as a platform to provide suggestions for men’s formalwear clothing, I do not believe that fashion sources should provide a strict blueprint for how men should dress.  Rather, ‘codes of conduct’ when it comes to dressing can be meshed with our own vision – ultimately, this is what fashion should be about!  With that being said, however, below are the three most widely used tie knots men donning suits have come to embrace since the dawn of the necktie.

Four In Hand

The Four in Hand Knot is also known as the ‘simple knot’ or ‘schoolboy knot’ due to its simplicity and style.  History suggests that the Four in Hand Knot came to be known as such as a result of members of the Four-In-Hand club in London starting to regularly pull this one off, hence making it fashionable.  The knot produced by this method is on the narrow side, slightly asymmetric and appropriate for most but not all occasions.  From an aesthetic standpoint, the knot should be worn with narrower spread collars, due to the narrow nature of the tie knot itself, and also lends well to men with shorter necks, as it serves to elongate the perceived length of one’s neck.

Four In Hand Knot

Courtesy of men’s preppy fashion blog http://www.trashness.com

Half Windsor Knot

The Half Windsor Knot is also known as the Single Windsor Knot.  This method produces a single, neat triangular knot, which is larger than a four in hand but smaller than a Windsor Knot.  The Half Windsor Knot is a knot to opt for when you want the conservative look of a Windsor knot minus the effort.  As with a Windsor knot, it is best to choose a dress shirt with a stiff collar in order to emphasize the knot’s preppy nature.

Half Windsor Knot

The Windsor Knot

The Windsor Knot, also referred to as a Full Windsor or a Double Windsor to distinguish it from the Half Windsor, produces a wide, symmetrical triangular knot.  The knot is often thought to be named after the Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII before his abdication).  It is, however, likely that the knot was invented by his father, George V.  The Duke preferred a wide knot and had his ties specially made with a thicker cloth in order to produce a wider knot.

The Full Windsor Knot is best suited for shirts with a wide spread collar.  Hence, it can particularly suit taller, skinny men as it serves to widen perceived neck width.  The Full Windsor Knot is all purpose, and is appropriate for business meetings, interviews and anywhere else you need to look respectable.

Full Windsor KnotSo there you have it!  The three most common tie knots.  And remember, please sign up for our newsletter to receive our 27 page detailed insight into neckties, along with access to all of our future newsletters that will cover specific products or fashion trends in greater detail at https://suitupdressup.wordpress.com/newsletter-signup-2/.

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