How to Tie a Tie
It can be difficult enough trying to select the right tie design, the precise color, the correct blade width and the exact weight and thickness. But once those decisions are made, one more very important decision is still left to make – which Tie Knot best suits you.
The Windsor Knot & Four-in-Hand Knot
There are an endless array of tie knots to choose from but the two most admired and impressive tie knots are The Windsor knot and the Four-in-Hand knot. When selecting a tie knot style consider the thickness of the tie. A tie that is too thick may not present well as a Windsor knot but be more apt for a Four-in-Hand knot. Likewise, a tie which is too thin and lightweight may make the Four-in-Hand knot appear limp and insignificant and be more suited to the Windsor knot.
Another key element to consider is the spread of your shirt collar. The correct tie knot is one which fills the collar area of your shirt appropriately. A full Windsor knot works best with a wider collar area while the Four-in-Hand and Half Windsor knot suit a narrower spread shirt collar.
The Ascot or Cravat
Do not be alarmed- tying an ascot or cravat is as simple as tying any other necktie. If you are wearing a sports coat and button down shirt, tie the Ascot or Cravat in the same manner you would tie a normal tie. Another option is to wear the Ascot in a similar way as you would wear a scarf - tie a knot in the Ascot or Cravat and Voila!
The Bow Tie
Last but by no means least, is the effervescent Bow Tie. Always remember your bow tie should never be broader than the widest part of your neck and should never extend past the tips of the shirt collar. Be diligent through the learning process, and although it can be frustrating, there is a certain satisfaction one gets when one does master the art of tying a bow tie.