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How To: Tie a Half Windsor Knot

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How To: Tie a Half Windsor Knot

Posted on 19 March 2010 by Marc

Last month Mr Black discussed the Four in Hand knot.  Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s a mighty fine knot but if I may be so bold, I’d say it’s more of a beginners knot.  It’s what you might use while attending high school but once you’ve grown up, you’ll want a grown up knot to accompany you and that’s where the Half Windsor comes into it’s own.  Matched with a crisp shirt you’ll have what is known as sartorial elegance.

So, if you don’t want to be left in the collar-fashion wilderness, follow the advice of Charles Tyrwhitt of Jermyn Street who have produced a nifty step-by-step video guide on how to tie the knot.

Prepare yourself First, turn your collar up and pass the tie around your neck before folding the collar back down. Make sure the wide blade of the tie is around 10 to 12 inches longer than the narrow tail.

Get stuck in Next, pass the wider section over the tail once, then back underneath before bringing it through the loop to create the knot. Fold the blade over the knot, back through the loop once again and tuck it inside the knot. Then gently pull the blade down before pinching the knot to create a neat triangle.

Tidy up You can then tighten by pulling the narrow tail while pushing the knot towards the top of the shirt. Before it reaches the collar, fasten the button and adjust to comfort. The result is a larger knot than the four-in-hand, but extremely smart all the same.

How to wear it The Half Windsor tends to suit a larger and more rounded face and is ideal if you have a beard as it draws ones attention to your neck. When choosing your neck wear bear in mind that a diagonal striped tie goes well with a crisp white or blue shirt while a versatile solid neck-tie suits check and striped shirts.

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How to Tie a Four in Hand Knot

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How to Tie a Four in Hand Knot

Posted on 23 February 2010 by Chris Ford

Yesterday I mentioned where to find a shirt but unless you’re aiming for the casual look, you’ll want to pair it with a tie and it’s surprising how many modern men seem to have lost the art of tying a tie! So if you learn just one knot, make it the Four in Hand which is the perfect tie knot for the novice tie wearer. The knot is easy to tie, holds a good shape and will go well with most shirt collars and neck-tie styles.

The Four In Hand Knot

The Four in Hand knot was invented by us Brits during the end of the 19th century.  It originated from gentlemen who tied their scarves with one hand while holding the reins of their four horses drawing the carriage in the other – hence the name four in hand. Although the four in hand is one of the oldest knots it is still a popular and fashionable knot that is a popular choice and my favourite. Although this knot is easy enough to be tied with one hand no one will object if your use two!  Just click on the picture above for a larger image and you are a few wraps and a tuck away from the perfect knot!

Among the many retailers of ties we do like the current selection from Austin Reed who also happen to be offering a discount of £10 off an order of £100 if you quote ar100 at checkout until 31 December 2010.  We do however advise you to check their site as they offer promotions during the year and as is typical, you can rarely combine offers so make sure you get the best deal!


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