Tying a necktie is something that every gentleman should know, yet it is a task that sometimes can be overwhelming, with many options of knots to choose from. That’s why we have put together this easy and quick guide with videos, to help you master the art of tying three classic necktie knots.
The most important aspect of wearing a tie is certainly the knot. If this is done correctly and with care, it can emphasize the characteristics of the necktie itself and can give a touch of refinement. Worn poorly, it could deteriorate the look.
The full Windsor knot was inspired by Duke Windsor’s signature knot style, although very similar to the four in hand. Full Windsor knots go best at highly formal events, such as weddings or grand events. The Windsor knot creates a firm knot with a symmetrical shape, which compliments a spread collar. We recommend using a classic, long silk tie to tie it and staying away from tweed or knitted ties as they will be too bulky for this knot.
The Half Windsor Knot, a more moderate version of the Windsor Knot, is a symmetrical and triangular tie knot that you can use with any dress shirt. It works best with neckties made from light to medium fabrics. The Half Windsor is medium in size, nearly symmetrical and, when tied correctly, it produces a deep and substantial dimple, most appropriate for all formal and business casual events.
Four In Hand
Named after a 19th Century Gentleman's Club of the same name, the Four in Hand is the reigning champion of necktie knots. Its popularity stems from its simplicity and versatility, which is why it is also known as the Simple knot. It is easy to tie, slender, tapered, mildly asymmetrical and self-releasing. This makes it the ideal style of knot for business-casual and social events.