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 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!