For some men, the tie is a part of everyday attire; for others it’s an item reserved for formal occasions. Whichever camp you fall into, the festive season is the time to dress your best – and that means wearing a tie.
There are many ways to tie a tie, but the knots you need to know are the Four in Hand, Full Windsor, Half Windsor and Bow Tie.
So we’ve made it easy with our handy how-to video guide and top tips from the experts.
Four in Hand
Julian Sudre, founder and blogger at fashion consultancy Style Alphabet, says: “My favourite style to wear a tie is the Four in Hand knot as it’s the easiest to do and will pack a sartorial punch. The modern man will appreciate a narrower tie. In my opinion, keep it simple and tidy, and you’ll project style.”
Full Windsor & Half Windsor
Fashion blogger and image expert Arash Mazinani, advises: “You can always stick with the classic Windsor knot for both day and night.” For a simpler alternative, try the Half Windsor.
Peter Marshall is the author of The Black Tie Guide. He says: “Black Tie means just that: wear a black tie. White Tie calls for a bow tie of white piqué. In both cases the tie should be self-tied. There is no single detail of eveningwear that more clearly divides the boys from the gentlemen.”
Louise Baltruschat, founder of Whimsical Wonderland Weddings says: “Bow ties are so cool right now, both on the catwalk and at weddings. Ties are still in trend, but as a skinnier version.”
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