Interestingly enough, we recently conducted a survey of men ages 18-50 years from varying social and economical backgrounds and found that 53% of the men surveyed that are self sufficient have a hard time buying a suit or formal wear because they have no clue as to what their proper measurements are. Most of us leave it up to what we see on the mannequin in the store to determine what might look good on us. Window shopping 101, right? We've all done it! Sometimes we're successful, but most of us are probably less successful than we care to admit. Before you even get into how to take your proper measurements, we recommend reading our article "Fundamental of Fashion: Knowing Your Body Type. Here we delineate scientific physiological identifiers which will help us all determine best styles and clothing suited for our particular body type. Do not continue until you read my article "Fundamental of Fashion: Knowing Your Body Type". Go ahead, we'll wait!
You back? Alright! We'll just assume that you've read our previous blog entries that outline some basic fundamentals of style and understanding certain style nuances, digested the concepts and theoretical, and are now ready for practical application.
Well in this blog entry let's expound on what we have learned to date and allow our focus to be myopic for just a few moments. Myopically focused on something that may perhaps seem mundane, but is just as essential to style and your look as eggs are to a baker's cake. Let's focus on the neck tie. That's right! The neck tie! Ok! we're not going to just focus on the necktie, but the standard knots that are used to tie your necktie and how and when they should be worn. Like any other trend some knots are more popular than others and over the past few years we have seen the infusion of new complex knot designs throughout the fashion industry. Knots come and go, and most men know how to tie one or two different know styles and stick with those no matter the collar style on the shirt. In fact, I'm sure some creative geniuses will have developed a new knot and the trend will have come and gone by the time you've read this article in its entirety. No seriously! There are some pretty creative knots that are becoming increasingly popular, but today we'll speak about those knots we consider to be mainstays. Knots that have stood the test of time and are classics: The Double Windsor Knot, The Half-Windsor Knot, The Four-In-Hand Knot (also know as the simple knot or schoolboy knot, due to its simplicity and style), and The Pratt-Shelby Knot. Before we go into the specific details of each knot here are a few general rules for tying ties for the journeyman. We've incorporated some great YouTube videos as well as pictures with detailed descriptions on how to tie each knot.
General rules for tying a tie:
Remember when tying your tie it is best to put your tie on in front of a mirror so that you can see what you're doing — right and/or wrong — during each step. When learning through repetition, remember the mirror is your friend. The mirror will help you with determining the proper length of your tie, and at the final step, while readjusting your collar. make sure to button up your shirt all the way, including your collar, and to flip the collar up before draping the tie around your neck. Lastly, as a general rule, the wide end of your tie should be about twice the length as long as the thin end. Why? Because the longer- wider end is the part of the tie that you'll be manipulating the most. You should also let it hang on the side of your dominant hand to facilitate this process.
- Lift up the collar of your shirt. Place the tie around the back of your neck so that the wide end hangs down on the side of your dominant hand, a little more than twice as low as the thin end.
- Cross the wide end once over the front of the thin end and then around the back of the thin end a few inches below your neck.
- Slip the wide end through the back of the V-shape made by the knot, pulling it out the front of the V-shape toward your non-dominant hand.
- Wrap the wide end around the knot on the non-dominant side. Continue to wrap the wide end around to the front of the knot on the dominant hand side.
- Slip the wide end through the front of the V-shape made by the knot, pulling it out the back of the V-shape toward your dominant hand.
- Wrap the wide end around the knot.
- Pull the wide end through the back of the V-shape formed by the knot. Tuck the wide end down through the front loop of the knot. Pull down gently on the wide end from below the knot until the knot is tight. Grasp the thin end with your non-dominant hand and slid the knot up to your neck. Now you can flip your collar down, button up and you're ready to go!
Disclaimer: Ubiquitous Style, LLC does not own nor did we create the above Double Windsor Knot YouTube video. This video is owned and created by Sierra Trading Post. Video used as reference.
- Flip up your shirt collar and lay your tie around your neck so that the inseam faces the inside. Make sure to let the broad end of the tie hang a few inches lower than the narrow end.
- Take the broad end and wrap it from behind through the loop on your neck area.
- Slightly pull tight, and then take the broad end behind the narrow end of the tie.
- Loop it over the narrow end and back though the loop; just as you did in Step #2. Don’t pull tight yet.
- Take the wide end and pull it through the loop you created in the previous step.
- Carefully tighten the knot, give it some final adjustment, center it, and flip down the shirt collar. You are done with the half Windsor necktie knot.
Disclaimer: Ubiquitous Style, LLC does not own nor did we create the above Half- Windsor Knot YouTube video. This video is owned and created by Sierra Trading Post. Video used as reference.
- Place the necktie around your neck with the broader end on your right. The tie must hang lower down than the narrower end.
- Now take the broad end and move it left and across the narrow end, holding the narrow end in your left hand.
- Pass the broad end around the narrow end so that it is lying on the left again. The four in hand tie-knot is beginning to take on shape.
- Pass the broad end underneath the half-formed knot, lifting it slightly.
- Then, with your left hand, lead the broad end from underneath over the half knot and pull the whole broader end through to the front. Pass the broad end of the necktie between the outer layer of the knot and the layer directly underneath it, and pull it through. Hold the narrow end of the tie firmly and slowly tighten the knot. Do not forget to button the shirt.
Disclaimer: Ubiquitous Style, LLC does not own nor did we create the above Four-In-Hand Knot YouTube video. This video is owned and created by Sierra Trading Post.
- Begin with the backside of your tie facing forward, the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end on the left. The tip of the small end should rest slightly above your belly-button (this will vary depending on your height and the length & thickness of your tie). Only move the active (wide) end.
- Place the wide end of your tie under the small end to the left. Bring it up to the center, towards neck loop.
- Place the wide side of the tie through the neck loop and down to the left and across the small end to the right.
- Bring the wide side up into the neck loop from underneath.
- down through the loop you've just created in the front.
- Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up and adjust.
Disclaimer: Ubiquitous Style, LLC does not own nor did we create the above Pratt Knot YouTube video. This video is owned and created by Sierra Trading Post.