Alright, before we jump into what knot goes best with what collar, let's talk about some basics about actually wearing a tie. Too often, we as men miss the mark with our neck wear, whether its too long or too short.
Actually, given some of the short ties I've seen, too long might not be that bad afterall. Seriously though, there is no reason why your tie should stop at the third button of your shirt. I've always wondered what do they do with the extra length from the back blade.
Anyway though, this is about getting it just right and these two rules help us get a lot closer to our end goal. In case, there are any questions, see rule number one.
KEEPING IT IN PROPORTION...
Knowing how to tie a tie is one thing; knowing which knot to tie with a particular collar is another. Knot selection is all about proportions and sensibility. We recommend specific knots to complement five popular collar options. A Four-in-Hand, Half Windsor, and Windsor each has its place.
The English Cutaway Collar
The English Cutaway Collar has a dramatic spread, measuring 6.0". This width could easily be worn with a Windsor knot; however, to accent the lines of the collar a Half Windsor knot is superb.
The Modern Spread Collar
The Modern Spread Collar has a narrow to medium spread, measuring 3.5". Due to the point length measuring 2.625", a Half Windsor knot is the right choice.
The Club Collar
The Club Collar is unique in shape with its rounded point and narrow spread, measuring 3.5". The width and shape call for a Four-in-Hand knot. This know complements the silhouette of the round collar.
The Classic Collar
The Classic Collar has a narrow collar spread, measuring 3.5". This narrow width calls for a smaller knot which can only come from the Four-in-Hand. This knot is proportionate to the collar points.
The Cutaway Collar
The Cutaway Collar has a medium to large spread, measuring 4.5". This width calls for a larger knot which comes from tying a Windsor knot. The Windsor offers a symmetrical knot which fills the spread.
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