Know Your Knots

We have received several questions about the different types of tie knots and which one works with which collar type.

Four-in-Hand (Simple) Knot
Shirt Collars: Standard collars, button down collars
What Knots: Forms an asymmetrical knot; use wider neckties of heavier fabrics
Who: Anyone; men with shorter necks should consider this knot because the knot’s thin and lengthened form elongates the perceived height of the wearer’s neck.

Half Windsor Knot
Shirt Collars: Most collars, depending on the tie thickness standard collars may be too small, medium to widespread collars work best
What Knots: Forms a symmetrical knot; use wider neckties of light to medium fabrics
Who: Anyone

Full Windsor Knot
Shirt Collars: Spread
What Knots: Symmetrical, wide triangular knot; use wider neckties of medium to heavy fabrics
Who: Anyone; men with longer necks should consider this as their everyday knot as its width and heft shortens the perceived height of the wearer’s neck.

Pratt (Shelby) Knot
Shirt Collars: Most collar types
What Knots: Wide, though not as wide as the Full Windsor, tidy; use wider neckties of light to medium fabrics
Who: Anyone