It’s not just about putting on your tailor made suit and walking out into the world with a confident strut. The finishing touches are what defines a gentleman and it’s important to ‘tie up’ appropriately. Every knot has its place and today we’re going to discuss just that. So, make a tea, have a seat and prepare to be schooled on which knot works and where.
The Good Ol’ Windsor
Without a doubt the Windsor is one of the most traditional knots and is considered a statement, mainly worn for special occasions where you need to look respectable. It also reigns king for most YouTube tutorials as it isn’t that easy to tie one. Most of the time when people attempt the Windsor they end up with a standard four in hand knot. There is a big difference between the two, with the Windsor being a wider triangle and best worn with a cut-away collared shirt. Most other knots just wouldn’t look the part when worn with this type of shirt.
The Half Windsor
Unlike the Windsor, the half Windsor is a little more versatile and can be worn for almost any occasion. Again, creating the perfect half Windsor is not easy, but once you master the half Windsor it will make you look sharp, confident and impeccably smart. The half Windsor will also go well with any tailor made suit and collar.
The Bow Tie
The bow tie can be a little tricky at times. As a result, many people buy them pre-knotted which is a big no no – particularly if you’ve taken the time to purchase a nice tailor made suit. Although the bow tie is appropriate for nearly all occasions, they are usually worn at more prestigious formal events. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t experiment, you just need the confidence to pull it off, making the bow tie will work in your favour.
What we’ve presented here is just scratching the surface when it comes to the styles of ties that are available. Visit your local tailor to see what else is out there, otherwise, if you’re happy to go with one of the knots we’ve just discussed– jump on YouTube and follow watch one of the many tutorials out there on how to best tie your tie.