Mix up your neckwear game by learning how to do these various knots…
If you only master one type of knot, make it this one. Easy to tie, versatile with different collar styles, and contemporary because it’s slightly skinnier than the Windsor and Half Windsor, with just the right degree of asymmetry — you want your tie knot to sit in a natural shape, rather than perfectly angular. Its slender size makes this the ideal style to accessorise with a tie bar.
Forget the name, the Half Windsor is actually about three quarters the size of a full Windsor knot — medium sized and quite symmetrical, working well with ties of thin or medium thickness. The real star of the show is the deep dimple you can create by creasing the fabric just before sliding up the knot. A semi-cutaway collar — the style of collar on most shirts — suits this solid all-rounder.
Thick tie? Thick knot. And there’s another thing you need to take into account: the thickness of your head, too. If you’ve got a big noggin, the full Windsor helps achieve a sense of proportion, whereas a pin head would look unbalanced wearing this bulkier style. That sense of proportion also depends on the collar — a spread or cutaway collar demands this full, classic knot to fill the space.
Something a little fancier
The Victoria knot — essentially a four-in-hand with an extra loop — and its cousin the Prince Albert — where you can spot that second loop poking out the bottom of the knot — both contribute to a more casual, nonchalant look than one of the three classic styles. The Shelby and Kelvin knots are other voluminous styles of knot that add a splash of laid-back sprezzatura to your outfit.
Or something really out there
The Trinity, the Eldredge, the Van Wijk, the Rose, the Fishbone . . . google ‘different tie knots’ and there’s a galaxy of styles that resemble origami more closely than they do neckties. These jaunty knots are certainly designed to catch the eye, so if pea-cocking is your game plan, then get tying.