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Correctly Collared: Match Up Edition

The Correctly Collared post that I did a few days back has garnered a lot of comments and inquiries as of lately. One of the main questions that I have received is, “now that I know what collars to wear, what tie knots do I match the collars with”? In this post I’ll try to brief you all on which knots go with which shirts. 

The Four Main Knots

1.) Four In Hand Knot

The Four in Hand Knot makes for a narrow, more discreet and slightly asymmetrical tie knot. It is best suited for a standard button-down dress shirt and works best with wide neckties made from heavy fabrics.

While this tie knot can be worn by anyone, it looks especially well on men with shorter necks as the knot’s rather narrow and elongated form stretches the perceived height of the neck a tiny bit.

The Four in Hand Knot usually works best with a Classic Narrow Point Shirt Collar or a Wider Spread Collar. (Only Use the wider spread collar if your tie is VERY nice, because it wil draw all of the attention)

2.) Half Windsor

The Half Windsor Knot, a modest version of the Windsor Knot, is a symmetrical and triangular tie knot that you can use with any dress shirt. It works best with somewhat wider neckties made from light to medium fabrics.

The Half Windsor Knot works best with a Medium Spread Button Down or Round Point Collar

3.) Full Windsor Knot

The Windsor Knot is a thick, wide and triangular tie knot that projects confidence. It would therefore be your knot of choice for presentations, job interviews, courtroom appearances etc. It is best suited for spread collar shirts and it’s actually quite easy to do.

While just about everyone can use this tie knot to tie his tie, it looks especially well on men with longer necks as its wide form shortens the perceived height of the neck a little bit.

Full Windsor Knots Work Best with Wide Spread and Curved Wide Spread Collars. 

(And it Goes for ANY tie, but ESPECIALLY with the double windsor knot, DO KNOT (pun intended) forget the dimple… very sartorial.)

4.) The Bow-Tie

The Bow Tie Knot is used to tie a bow tie and is worn to give you a formal and elegant appearance. A “black tie occasion” such as a wedding is an event that you would commonly wear a bow tie at, along with a tuxedo.

The proper size should never be broader than the widest part of your neck and should never extend past the tips of the shirt collar.

The Bow-Tie is best worn with a Narrow or Classical width dress shirt, as the bow tie should not have to be spread extremely wide to cover the width of the collar. 

Hope this helps!!! 

Fashionably Yours, 


  • 21 October 2011
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