The main tie knots are four-in-hand, half-Windsor, and full Windsor, but which one is best for what occasion? Additionally, what in the world is a necktie dimple? If choosing and tying your knot has you hot under the collar, here's everything you need to know to simplify this task.
The knot style for your ties should coordinate with the collars of your business shirts. However, whether out of convenience, laziness or blissful ignorance, most men match any type of shirt collar they encounter with the only knot they know how to tie.
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Why should you avoid this and learn some new knots? If you don't, the natural harmony between the right tie knot's lines and the shape of the shirt collar gets lost.
Here's all you need to think about to decide which knot is appropriate for your tie:
As a general rule, match the knot to the shirt collar type. However, different shirt collar types have varying notch sizes and point angles, thereby creating a range of sizes for the gap in the tie knot.
So, a wide spread collar, where the points extend out at an angle of greater than 90 degrees, requires a larger, more triangular shaped knot. Similarly, a straight point collar, whose points extend out at an angle of less than 60 degrees, requires a narrow, longer shaped tie knot.
Tall, skinny men look better when they wear small, longish shaped knots; men with large necks should opt for knots that fit proportionally. As far as ties are concerned, thicker Italian silk ties look better with a triangular-shaped tie knot (i.e. the Double Windsor), while more traditionally patterned ties (i.e. the British striped ties), look best with a Four-in-Hand knot.
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