You Do Know That There's More Than One Way To Tie Necktie, Right?
A lot of men only learn one knot their entire lives—and one of them might be you. That ends today.
What are the different ways to tie a necktie?
There are the classics like the four-in-hand, the full windsor and the half windsor, as well as more adventurous ways like the Prince Albert, Eldgredge and the Trinity Knot. You can't call yourself a well-dressed man until you know how to tie a necktie. It is so much more than an obligatory work attire component, and if executed with attention, it’s an important detail that can make or break your wardrobe.
First, decide on the right knot depending on your shirt collar, face shape, and the occasion. For example, you would wear an Eldredge knot to your company mixer, but not to a board meeting. Here's the lowdown on the different tie knots, and a handy visual guide.
Chances are, this is the knot your father taught you to do when you were a boy. Versatile and slender, the four in hand is the most popular tie knot, and rightfully so. It's slightly asymmetrical shape makes it easier to wear in more relaxed occasions, as opposed to the Windsor. It’s also a bit simpler than the Windsor knots and will look good in outfits that don’t require a tuxedo.
Also known simply as the Windsor, this knot wasn’t actually worn by the Duke of Windsor. Instead, the royal favored a four-in-hand knot with extra thick and wide ties. Usually worn with a wide-spread shirt collar, the Windsor knot was invented by the adoring public who wanted to emulate the Duke's knot style, resulting in a symmetrical and firm knot. Worn to highly formal and important events, this style exudes power, authority, and confidence. Best paired with a classic, long silk tie and will suit men with strong face shapes and wide necks.
Contrary to its name, the Half Windsor knot is about three fourths smaller than the Windsor knot. It’s the relaxed and modest brother of the full Windsor, which makes it better for slightly more casual occasions than the former. The Half Windsor will suit tall men and will pair best with medium-width collars. Wear it to that coveted job interview, or during an important business meeting.
The simple knot is, in a nutshell, the smaller and more symmetrical version of the four-in-hand. It's also the knot to use with a skinny tie, in which case, you must absolutely wear a skinny suit with. The simple knot is also best for tall guys who need extra length.
A bow tie is synonymous with elegance. A staple of the black and white-tie dress codes, it’s de rigueur for tuxedos. In recent times, however, the bow tie has also been figuring in men’s everyday wear. Whatever the case, be bold and stand out from the crowd with a bow tie. And for the love of James Bond, stay away from the clip-on.
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IF YOU'RE FEELING ADVENTUROUS
Prince Albert Knot
Others call this knot the double four-in-hand knot because that’s essentially what it is: a four-in-hand with an extra loop. It’s that little extra detail that makes all the difference, with a slender and more polished look, and a pronounced dimple. The knot is as regal as its name suggests: it’s for men who don’t mind adding more panache to their usual business wear, and the more sartorially conscious gents.
Simply put, the Eldredge knot is bold and edgy. It’s great for a conversation piece at a party—people will either love it or hate it. Some might praise you for your ability to think out of the box, while others may wonder why one would even mess with a classic. You have to have guts to pull it off. Wear with caution, but whatever you do, do not wear this with stripes.
Named after café patrons who styled their ties this way in the early 20th century, it’s another one of those knot styles that places showmanship over style. Only wear to casual or social events.
A favorite of tie aficionados who want to flaunt their knot-tying skills, the trinity knot features a three-way symmetrical design that resembles the Celtic trinity design. As the knot is the star of the ensemble, this style suits a plain, solid tie best.