December 25, 2012


So you want to learn how to tie a bow tie... GREAT! Every man should graduate from a clip on bow tie to a self tie. Tying a bow tie is a form of artistry. Clip on bow ties look too symmetrical, too perfect. A self tied bow tie looks awesome because of its imperfection. Here are steps to creating to masterpiece.

 

Bow tie Origin and History-----> 

Learn the different Bow tie Styles----->

Picking The Right Tie Knot

 

If you asked most men what knot they use to tie their tie, they will reply, “Four-In-Hand.” Even If they don’t know the name, it’s probably the Four-In-Hand. The four-in-hand knot is probably the easiest knot to master. It is also one of the four most commonly used tie knots (the four-in-hand knot, the half-Windsor knot, the Windsor knot and the Pratt knot).
 
This is a shame, because the meeting of the shirt, collar, and tie frames your face. This is quite important. A tie knot should be coordinated with your neck and face size, collar style, and tie thickness. The book The 85 Ways to Tie a Tie refers to both the number of knots that can be tied in a conventional necktie, and the history and science of ties and tie knots.
 
Here’s a basic guide to choosing the appropriate knot:
 
The bigger the spread of your collar, the broader your tie knot should be. You should not overwhelm a small knot with a lot of space. Inversely  a narrow or button-down collars require smaller knots, because you don’t want the collar to cover up the knot.  Skinny ties should always be tied with a smaller knot. They give off a less-formal vibe so the knot chosen should be a little asymmetrical. The size of your knot should complement your face. If your face is wider, pick a knot broader at the top. If it’s longer, pick a narrower knot that doesn't sacrifice size.
 
Here is a general rule. Large and symmetric equals more formal; smaller and asymmetrical equals less formal. If you’re interviewing, go for large and symmetric. If you’re out on the town, go for small and slanted.
 
Formal, Symmetrical Knots:
 
Windsor Knot
Half-Windsor Knot
Pratt Knot
Oriental
Nicky knot
St. Andrews knot
 
Casual, Asymmetrical Knots:
 
Four-in-hand Knot
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