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The Windsor knot, also sometimes referred to as a full Windsor to distinguish it from the half-Windsor, is a method of tying a necktie around one’s neck and collar. The Windsor knot, compared to other methods, produces a wide triangular knot. The knot is often thought to be named after the Duke of Windsor (Edward VIII after abdication). It is however named after his grandfather Edward VII. The Duke preferred a wide knot and had his ties specially made with thicker cloth in order to produce a wider knot when tied with the conventional four in hand knot. The Windsor Knot is worn on more formal occasions, and it is especially suited for a spread collar (clothing) that can accommodate a larger knot, like the Windsor knot, properly.
There are several different ways to tie a tie, but not every one of them is appropriate for every occasion – or every man. Here are five different knots for men’s ties, and when to use them.
If you never knew there was more than one way to tie a tie, then most likely the four-in-hand is the knot you use. This is the most common knot used by men, but what most people don’t know is that it is also the most casual.
The four-in-hand method creates a knot that is fairly small and slightly asymmetrical. Because of the small size of this knot, it works well with almost any weight fabric, not to mention almost any collar style. You should not use the four-in-hand with spread or wide spread collars, which are usually found on more formal men’s dress shirts. In fact, the four-in-hand should generally not be worn in formal settings at all.