Tie Knots: The Only Four You Need

There are only four tie knots beyond a bow tie that you should know and use. It’s important to recognise which knots are suitable depending on your body shape, your collar and the situation in which you’re dressing for. Below I have given an overview of each knot and some handy information to assist in determining which to use.

Full/Double Windsor Knot

The Full Windsor is generally reserved for the corporate world as its’ large and symmetrical knot replicates power and a ‘no frills’ attitude. This knot requires the most fabric because of its double wrap-around, so can be difficult for taller gentleman, and is a no go for ties with a thick material. The Full Windsor is best matched with a spread collar to allow sufficient space for the larger knot and best suits men with a large neck.

Learn to tie the Full Windsor here.

Photo: Alex King

Half Windsor Knot

Probably one of the least used knots, The Half Windsor allows for a smaller and slightly less triangular knot than the Full Windsor. This knot makes more sense for taller gentleman as it uses less fabric. In addition the smaller knot works better for narrower collars.

Learn to tie the Half Windsor here.

Four -in – hand Knot

The Four-in-hand or ‘schoolboy’ knot is the most popular tie knot due to its simplicity and versatility. It has gained traction in the fashion world due to its asymmetrical shape and ability to lengthen the tie blade, giving praise to true ‘sprezzatura’. This Italian term can be summed up by the following definition: ‘a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it.’ Its a fantastic knot that adds an extra edge to your style.

The Four-in-hand works well with narrow or wide collars and is the best option for a knitted tie. However, this knot is generally not appropriate in formal occasions when you may want to be taken more seriously.

Learn to tie the Four-in-hand here.

Photo: Alex King

Neapolitan Knot (double four-in-hand)

Also known as the Prince Albert knot, this method of tying has been popularized by the Italians. The double pass though makes the knot a feature of your outfit, so don’t try and hide it with a narrow collar. This type is fantastic for shorter males as it uses a lot more fabric.

Learn to tie the Neapolitan Knot here.

Photo: Alex King

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Miles Wharton – Founder – The Bespoke Corner