A Very Simple Guide to Tie Knots

March 3rd, 2015

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This one is simple.

There is only one tie knot that you should be tying: the four-in-hand.

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I almost always question the taste level of a guy wearing a Windsor knot. It’s really just not a good looking shape for a necktie; a big triangular fist of silk. If you’re worried about needing a big enough knot to “fill the space of a wide spread collar” than you should looking for is a denser tie fabric (or you can try wrapping the four-in-hand around twice in step 3 above). Also, it’s okay to show a little neckband under a cutaway collar, like here.

The four-in-hand is a handsome knot because of it’s casual sense of ease. It’s not perfectly symmetrical. It’s slightly-askew. And because of its unpredictable dimples, every four-in-hand knot is unique.

If you look through the AOS archives (using the Style Guide), you’ll see that we’ve almost exclusively used the four-in-hand for years. James Bond never trusted a man in a windsor knot…and neither do we, in matters of style.

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That’s all for today. Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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