Tie Knots Guide

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Pratt knots are also called Shelby knots. When tying a Pratt tie the narrow tail is the active end used for tying the knot.

 

The Pratt is smaller and more triangular in shape than the Windsor. The Pratt is wider than a ½-Windsor and slimmer than a Windsor.  

 

One should use a light to medium weight fabric for a Pratt. The knot looks good with any shirt collar; however, a Forward-Point or Button-Down collar complements this knot best.

 

The Four-in-Hand is also called a "Simple Knot" or "Schoolboy Knot." When the Four-In-Hand knot is tied, the wide tail is the active end used for tying the knot.  It is one of the three most common knots due to its simplicity in tying.

 

It is a discrete knot and one of the narrowest knots.  The knot is slightly asymmetrical in shape.  A tie made from heavy fabrics such as wools, tweeds, or herringbones are best used.

 

The Four-in-Hand are best used when wearing a Button-Down collar

This knot is favorable for short necks, because the narrow knot exaggerates one's neck length; thus, the neck is perceived as longer.

 

The Cape is essentially a "Double Windsor," however the outcome is distinctly different.  The narrow tail is the active end used for tying the  knot.  If executed correctly, the knot should look like a tinier knot pouched within a larger one.

 

The Trinity knot is a visual tastemaker, in that it shows artistry and tie tying skill. 

The narrow tail of the tie is the active end used for tying the knot. 

The knot is slightly more asymmetrical and wider than the Windsor knot. The end result is a rounded shape as opposed to the triangular shape of the Windsor.

 

The Trinity knot should be worn with a spread or wide-spread (English) collar shirt.

 

The knot should be worn with a jacket, sweater, and vest or sports coat as it will make the tie appear short.

 

A Trinity is a triquetra – triangular in shape with three points. It is often attributed to ancient Irish crosses and the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).  

 

Others say it is a derivative of a Celtic symbol for earth, wind, fire and water. Whatever the origin, the knot stands out.

 

The Windsor knot is one of three of the most common knots for men to wear due to its simplicity. The wide tail of the tie is the active end used for tying the knot.  The knot "doubles up" the effect of the ½ Windsor. 

 

 

The ½ Windsor knot  is smaller than the Full Windsor.  A light to medium fabric tie should be used with this knot.  It also looks great with critter motifs, general patterns or preppy fabric styles.  A ½-Windsor knot may be used with any shirt collar.  It is best, however, paired with button-down or forward point collar shirts.

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The bow tie requires an equal usage of both ends of the tie.

 

"Pre-tied" or "clip-on” bow ties are great for children or those who have hand dexterity problems.

 

The tie is highly symmetrical. The type of function you are attending dictates the collar worn with your bow tie. For corporate and formal occasions, wear a spread and wide spread shirt collar.  

 

For everyday and casual occasions, wear a forward-point or button-down shirt collar.

 

Historically, bow ties were attributed to formal functions, but in modern times this has become a fashionable style of tie worn at work, school, celebratory functions, and religious services. It is dapper, preppy, casual and formal.  

 

Basically, a bow tie is for any and all occasions!

Pratt knots are also called Shelby knots. When tying a Pratt tie the narrow tail is the active end used for tying the knot.

The Victoria knot is essentially a Four-in-Hand Knot with an additional wrap or turn.

 

The wide tail is the active end used for tying the knot. The Victoria is a relatively small knot.

 

The knot looks great with any shirt collar; however, the ties relative slimness would be best balanced by a Forward-Point collar.

The Eldredge knot is a recent innovation,  created by Jeffrey Eldredge in 2007. 

 

The best shirt collar to wear with the Eldredge knot is the spread or wide-spread English collar shirt.

 

The Merovingian knot should be worn with a spread or wide-spread "English" collar shirt.  

 

If executed correctly, the knot should look like a tinier knot pouched within a larger one.

 

Narrow Tail is the active end used for tying knot.  Conventionally, the knot may be dubbed as an Inverted Windsor.

 

Although often associated with the character "The Frenchman" from The Matrix Reloaded movies, this knot had been around for some time prior to these films.

 

Wear a spread, wide-spread English collar shirt with the Merovingian knot.

 

 
 

 

Pratt knots are also called Shelby knots. When tying a Pratt tie the narrow tail is the active end used for tying the knot.

 

The Pratt is smaller and more triangular in shape than the Windsor. The Pratt is wider than a ½-Windsor and slimmer than a Windsor.  

 

One should use a light to medium weight fabric for a Pratt. The knot looks good with any shirt collar; however, a Forward-Point or Button-Down collar complements this knot best.

 

The Four-in-Hand is also called a "Simple Knot" or "Schoolboy Knot." When the Four-In-Hand knot is tied, the wide tail is the active end used for tying the knot.  It is one of the three most common knots due to its simplicity in tying.

 

It is a discrete knot and one of the narrowest knots.  The knot is slightly asymmetrical in shape.  A tie made from heavy fabrics such as wools, tweeds, or herringbones are best used.

 

The Four-in-Hand are best used when wearing a Button-Down collar

This knot is favorable for short necks, because the narrow knot exaggerates one's neck length; thus, the neck is perceived as longer.

 

The Cape is essentially a "Double Windsor," however the outcome is distinctly different.  The narrow tail is the active end used for tying the  knot.  If executed correctly, the knot should look like a tinier knot pouched within a larger one.

 

The Trinity knot is a visual tastemaker, in that it shows artistry and tie tying skill. 

The narrow tail of the tie is the active end used for tying the knot. 

The knot is slightly more asymmetrical and wider than the Windsor knot. The end result is a rounded shape as opposed to the triangular shape of the Windsor.

 

The Trinity knot should be worn with a spread or wide-spread (English) collar shirt.

 

The knot should be worn with a jacket, sweater, and vest or sports coat as it will make the tie appear short.

 

A Trinity is a triquetra – triangular in shape with three points. It is often attributed to ancient Irish crosses and the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).  

 

Others say it is a derivative of a Celtic symbol for earth, wind, fire and water. Whatever the origin, the knot stands out.

 

The Windsor knot is one of three of the most common knots for men to wear due to its simplicity. The wide tail of the tie is the active end used for tying the knot.  The knot "doubles up" the effect of the ½ Windsor. 

 

 

The ½ Windsor knot  is smaller than the Full Windsor.  A light to medium fabric tie should be used with this knot.  It also looks great with critter motifs, general patterns or preppy fabric styles.  A ½-Windsor knot may be used with any shirt collar.  It is best, however, paired with button-down or forward point collar shirts.

.

 

 

 

 

 

The bow tie requires an equal usage of both ends of the tie.

 

"Pre-tied" or "clip-on” bow ties are great for children or those who have hand dexterity problems.

 

The tie is highly symmetrical. The type of function you are attending dictates the collar worn with your bow tie. For corporate and formal occasions, wear a spread and wide spread shirt collar.  

 

For everyday and casual occasions, wear a forward-point or button-down shirt collar.

 

Historically, bow ties were attributed to formal functions, but in modern times this has become a fashionable style of tie worn at work, school, celebratory functions, and religious services. It is dapper, preppy, casual and formal.  

 

Basically, a bow tie is for any and all occasions!

Pratt knots are also called Shelby knots. When tying a Pratt tie the narrow tail is the active end used for tying the knot.

The Victoria knot is essentially a Four-in-Hand Knot with an additional wrap or turn.

 

The wide tail is the active end used for tying the knot. The Victoria is a relatively small knot.

 

The knot looks great with any shirt collar; however, the ties relative slimness would be best balanced by a Forward-Point collar.

The Eldredge knot is a recent innovation,  created by Jeffrey Eldredge in 2007. 

 

The best shirt collar to wear with the Eldredge knot is the spread or wide-spread English collar shirt.

 

The Merovingian knot should be worn with a spread or wide-spread "English" collar shirt.  

 

If executed correctly, the knot should look like a tinier knot pouched within a larger one.

 

Narrow Tail is the active end used for tying knot.  Conventionally, the knot may be dubbed as an Inverted Windsor.

 

Although often associated with the character "The Frenchman" from The Matrix Reloaded movies, this knot had been around for some time prior to these films.

 

Wear a spread, wide-spread English collar shirt with the Merovingian knot.

 

 

Pratt knots are also called Shelby knots. When tying a Pratt tie the narrow tail is the active end used for tying the knot.

 

The Pratt is smaller and more triangular in shape than the Windsor. The Pratt is wider than a ½-Windsor and slimmer than a Windsor.  

 

One should use a light to medium weight fabric for a Pratt. The knot looks good with any shirt collar; however, a Forward-Point or Button-Down collar complements this knot best.

The Four-in-Hand is also called a "Simple Knot" or "Schoolboy Knot." When the Four-In-Hand knot is tied, the wide tail is the active end used for tying the knot.  It is one of the three most common knots due to its simplicity in tying.

 

It is a discrete knot and one of the narrowest knots.  The knot is slightly asymmetrical in shape.  A tie made from heavy fabrics such as wools, tweeds, or herringbones are best used.

 

The Four-in-Hand are best used when wearing a Button-Down collar

This knot is favorable for short necks, because the narrow knot exaggerates one's neck length; thus, the neck is perceived as longer.

 

The Cape is essentially a "Double Windsor," however the outcome is distinctly different.  The narrow tail is the active end used for tying the  knot.  If executed correctly, the knot should look like a tinier knot pouched within a larger one.

 

The Trinity knot is a visual tastemaker, in that it shows artistry and tie tying skill. 

The narrow tail of the tie is the active end used for tying the knot. 

The knot is slightly more asymmetrical and wider than the Windsor knot. The end result is a rounded shape as opposed to the triangular shape of the Windsor.

The Trinity knot should be worn with a spread or wide-spread (English) collar shirt.

The knot should be worn with a jacket, sweater, and vest or sports coat as it will make the tie appear short.

A Trinity is a triquetra – triangular in shape with three points. It is often attributed to ancient Irish crosses and the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).  

Others say it is a derivative of a Celtic symbol for earth, wind, fire and water. Whatever the origin, the knot stands out.

 

 

The Windsor knot is one of three of the most common knots for men to wear due to its simplicity. The wide tail of the tie is the active end used for tying the knot.  The knot "doubles up" the effect of the ½ Windsor. 

 

 

The ½ Windsor knot  is smaller than the Full Windsor.  A light to medium fabric tie should be used with this knot.  It also looks great with critter motifs, general patterns or preppy fabric styles.  A ½-Windsor knot may be used with any shirt collar.  It is best, however, paired with button-down or forward point collar shirts.

The bow tie requires an equal usage of both ends of the tie.

 

"Pre-tied" or "clip-on” bow ties are great for children or those who have hand dexterity problems.

 

The tie is highly symmetrical. The type of function you are attending dictates the collar worn with your bow tie. For corporate and formal occasions, wear a spread and wide spread shirt collar.  

 

For everyday and casual occasions, wear a forward-point or button-down shirt collar.

 

Historically, bow ties were attributed to formal functions, but in modern times this has become a fashionable style of tie worn at work, school, celebratory functions, and religious services. It is dapper, preppy, casual and formal.  

 

Basically, a bow tie is for any and all occasions!

Pratt knots are also called Shelby knots. When tying a Pratt tie the narrow tail is the active end used for tying the knot.

The Victoria knot is essentially a Four-in-Hand Knot with an additional wrap or turn.

 

The wide tail is the active end used for tying the knot. The Victoria is a relatively small knot.

 

The knot looks great with any shirt collar; however, the ties relative slimness would be best balanced by a Forward-Point collar.

The Eldredge knot is a recent innovation,  created by Jeffrey Eldredge in 2007. 

 

The best shirt collar to wear with the Eldredge knot is the spread or wide-spread English collar shirt.

 

 

The Merovingian knot should be worn with a spread or wide-spread "English" collar shirt.  

 

If executed correctly, the knot should look like a tinier knot pouched within a larger one.

 

Narrow Tail is the active end used for tying knot.  Conventionally, the knot may be dubbed as an Inverted Windsor.

 

Although often associated with the character "The Frenchman" from The Matrix Reloaded movies, this knot had been around for some time prior to these films.

 

Wear a spread, wide-spread English collar shirt with the Merovingian knot.