No matter how minute, change is a good thing every now and again. Subtle updates are even more enhanced on men due to the simplicity of men’s fashion in general. Maybe it’s the clean lines, the sense of history, or simply the natural inclination of pheromones but I just love a crisp suit on a man. What makes a suit stand apart from the rest is in the attention to detail ~ the cufflinks, the starch ironing job, the personalized collar, the number of buttons, and of course ~ the tie. There are so many choices when it comes to the tie (color, size, knot), therefore it is the easiest way to enhance or alter your overall look. So I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight a handful of popular tie knots for you to choose from (this is dedicated to all those men who secretly harbor clip-ons…gasp!):
AKA Full Windsor/Double Windsor. Named after the Duke of Windsor, it is a wide triangular knot (therefore most appropriate for wide-spaced collars) that is traditionally worn on formal occasions.
Step 1: Drape necktie around collar and hang wider end down longer and over the narrow end; cross it over.
Step 2: Wrap wide end around and bring it up over and through the loop between collar and tie. Then pull it down toward the front.
Step 3: Curl wide end that is left behind the narrow end.
Step 4: Bring wide end back up again through the loop.
Step 5: Put down through loop and pull around and across the narrow end.
Step 6: Bring wide end up and tuck it through the loop a third time and bring it back down to the front.
Step 7: Pull down on wide end and tighten to bring knot up to collar.
Step 8: If length is an issue, start over and adjust length of tie in step 1 accordingly. The key is to have wide end start much longer than narrow end.
A medium triangular knot that is slightly less bulky than the Windsor and easier to do, but more formal than the Four-in-hand. It can be worn for any occasion but preferably with standard shirt collars.
Step 1: Drape necktie around collar and start with wider end below the narrow one; cross wide end over narrow end.
Step 2: Wrap wide end around back of narrow end.
Step 3: Bring wide end up through the loop then back down.
Step 4: Wrap wide end back around to the front.
Step 5: Swing wide end back up through loop again.
Step 6: Carefully pull wide end all the way through and tighten the knot snugly around collar. Make sure the knot is centered.
More commonly known as a simple knot, it is a popular method of tying due to the simplicity. This knot dates back to historic England where coach drivers would knot their ties this way to prevent them from flapping in the wind. It is on the narrow side and is slightly asymmetric. This classic knot is suitable for any occasion and works best with wide ties made from heavier fabrics.
Step 1: Drape necktie around collar and start with wider end about a foot below the narrow end; cross it over.
Step 2: Wrap wide end under narrow end.
Step 3: Bring wide end back over in front of narrow end.
Step 4: Pull wide end up and through the back of the loop.
Step 5: Hold the front of the knot loose with index finger; pass wide end down through the loop.
Step 6: Tighten the knot snugly around collar and center it.
Check back on Monday for PART 2 of our how-to-tie-a-tie series.