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What Knot To Do, And When

3 July, 2014

Despite the business casual dress code ridding workplaces across the country of neckties, when you do next need to wear a necktie here are a few simple knots and their appropriateness.

A necktie's knot type, tie width and material thickness all determine it's appropriate use and accompanying collar and lapel. Like suits, ties require proportion and balance in their appearance. A knots width should proportionally fit the width down the bottom.

The Full Windsor Knot

The largest tie knot out of this selection, it is too large for narrow or regular collars, a wide cut away collar best accommodates the size and width. Generally speaking, a wide spread collar and Full Windsor knot are reserved for more formal occasions.

The Half Windsor Knot

With a smaller knot size, the Half Windsor knot is more versatile across lapels, collar types and occasions. The symmetrical Half and Full Windsor Knots are better suited for ties of three inches or thicker in order to balance the width between top and bottom.

The Four-In-Hand-Knot

The Four-In-Hand is one of the easiest knots to tie due to its natural asymmetry. This simple and more casual knot is not suited for wide lapel suits or cut away collars. The knot works well with ties less than three inches on regular or narrow lapels for a more modern and slightly casual look. A Double Four-In-Hand knot can be tied to accommodate wider lapels and collar if needed.

The Pratt Knot

The halfway mark between the Windsor and Four-In-Hand knots in size, formality and practicality. When tying the Four-In-Hand or Pratt knots, they leave more tie length given the smaller knot size, which benefits shorter ties or taller men in correctly wearing the tie length with the tip just below the waist.

Whether you wear a tie everyday or for special occasions, to finish your outfit proportionally and balanced, match your lapels, collar and tie knot correctly.


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