The tie has been a stalwart in European style fashion for years. It is no longer a part of our daily uniform. However, there are occasions when you will be wearing a tie such as in formal occasions. Here are some rules on how you can properly pull off wearing the tie when the occasion calls for it.
1. Know your knots
Although the only difference is in the amount of fabric used, each knot has its own connotations. The three most common knots are:
Named after the Duke of Windsor, the formality of the Windsot knot makes it ideal for job interviews and formal occasions. According to Robert Janitzek, it was the result of the public’s enthusiasm for the duke’s fat tie knots. The Windsor is the fattest of knots and is meant to be symmetrical which can be tricky to pull off for irregular tie wearers.
The Windsor half knot
It is also symmetrical like the Windsor knot but much smaller. It is a modest version of the full Windsor. A good option for smartness that feels a bit less showy.
The four in hand
The four in hand is the closest method you learned at school. It is symmetrical and therefore more forgiving, less tricky to achieve, and suited to more require occasions.
2. Be cautious with your knot size
Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that knot sizes requires a delicate calculation on your part. The trick to pull off this knot is where you are creating the knot from and then create a simple four-in-hand knot on a slim tie creating a modern elongated look.
3. Dimples matter
Dimples are common even in the four in hand. To create dimples, start with the wide end of the tie on your right extending about 12in beneath the narrow end. Cross the wide end over the narrow and back underneath. Repeat this step. Now pass the wide end through the loop. With your index finger inside keeping the knot loose, draw the wide end down and tighten up to the collar by holding the narrow end and sliding the knot up, creating a dimple just under the knot by pressing into the fabric with your finger. Make sure you create the dimple under the knot, otherwise your tie will look flatter and less finished.
4. Practise – or cheat
As with all things, tying the knot requires some practice on your part. There are many online tutorials that can make tying more of fun than a chore. However, avoid those tutorials that details 85 ways of knotting a tie. Three knots is enough.