Classic Tie Knots Every Gentleman Should Know – The Four in Hand vs the Half Windsor

Did you know that the way you knot your tie can say as much about you as your words or body language?

It’s true.

But we suspect you have a trusty faithful that you turn to time after time. That’s ok. But we think spicing up your knots could create a little more fun in the boardroom!

Choosing a knot for your tie should be based on shirt and tie type and thickness

The Four in Hand knot

This knot has a smaller and slightly long shape making it ideal for narrow and spread shirt collars, along with button-down dress shirts.

It’s also one of the oldest tie knots.

It’s believed that British horsemen invented this knot when they were tying scarves whilst holding the reigns of four horses in the other hand.

So, unsurprisingly, it’s a simple knot and easy to learn.

  1. Start with the wide end on your right side and bring it over the narrow end to the left, before bringing it under and back to the right side.
  2. Tuck the wide end around the back of the loop you’ve just created.
  3. Now pass the wide end through the space between the tie and the shirt collar, continue passing through the front of the knot loop you’ve just formed.
  4. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide it up and adjust to your preference.

The Half Windsor Tie Knot

This is a versatile and popular knot that is great for medium and thick width ties.

This is a great tie for professional situations as it features balance and symmetry – making it perfect when calm and confidence is required.

It has a small knot size which means it works well with medium spread, point and button-down collars.

  1. Have the wide end of the tie on your right and cross it in front of the narrow end to the left. This should create an ‘x’ shape under your chin.
  2. Loop the wide end horizontally around and behind the thin end.
  3. Now take the wide end over from the top and through the opening of the x-shape
  4. Holding the wide end with your right hand, wrap it in front and over the thin end – from your right to your left side.
  5. Bring the wide end towards your chest and from behind the loop, pass it over the ‘x’ at the centre from behind.
  6. Now use the index finger of your left hand to create space in the triangle you’ve just created and pass the wide end through and pull it all the way down.

So, which one are you going to choose to wear to work tomorrow?

There are many tie knots and variations out there, but we feel these are two of the simplest and most effective in business situations. What do you think?

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