Knowing what different knots you can tie may make your tie experience more enjoyable and less of a hassle.
Whether you’re male or female you may come across a situation where you have to wear a tie. This most likely happens to males since nearly all of their formal attires will require a tie.
However, women aren’t entirely exempted from wearing ties, I used to wear a tie during high school because it was part of the school uniform. It was a hassle at first, but once you get used to it you may find that learning how to tie a tie is quite handy.
There are many kinds of ties used in different circumstances. Like for example regimental ties for members of the armed forces, and corporate uniform ties for employees belonging to one company.
In a way, learning how to put on a tie is some kind of rite of passage for young boys. If their school hasn’t got a tie as part of their uniform, events like the promenade or an older sibling’s wedding will have them learning how to tie a tie.
There are many tie knots you can do, you may stick to one kind of method or try out every method to see which one you prefer. So you might have an idea, here’s a list of some of the most common tie knots:
The Windsor Knot is the most traditional kind of tie knot, and is most likely the first you’ll learn to tie. This knot can be used for any occasion where you need to look respectable, like for example business meetings
The Half Windsor Knot is basically an easier “to do” version of the Windsor Knot. It still has the nice conservative look of the Windsor Knot, but it takes a lot less effort to tie it. This and the Windsor Knot are best emphasised with blazers that have a stiff collar
The Four-In-Hand Knot is for those who happen to be in a hurry, but still want to look their best. If you wish to wear something more casual, this knot is the most suitable. This knot is best paired with dress shirts that have a narrow collar opening and are made from a softer material
The Shell Knot is the ‘in between’ of the Windsor and Four-in-Hand Knot. It’s not as wide as the Windsor, and not as narrow as the Four-in-Hand. It’s very symmetrical like the Windsor, but has a looser fit and is not time-consuming to tie. This knot is good for any occasion because of its “just right” size
These are just a few examples of the kind of knots you may try on a tie, there are more kinds that may be just as simple or more complicated. Having your students, club members, or employees know what different knots they can tie may make their tie experience more enjoyable and less of a hassle.
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