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:
Casual, Asymmetrical Knots: