Last week I started this series and today I add another of my favorites.
This week I unveil my favorite tie knot. And it's the half-windsor knot. Let me explain. Using Brooks Brothers as my assistant (since I love their ties and own many of them) let me show you the various options for us men when we don a tie for work, a date, or some other special occasion.
We could use the windsor.
We could use the half-windsor (my preference).
The small knot is another option.
As is the four-in-hand.
Or the Prince Albert.
And for special occasions we may need the bow tie.
No matter which we choose, it is essential each and every tie has a dimple. I like the half-windsor because it is bolder than the others and works well with any standard shirt color. Button down shirts are not for ties (in my view), but if I must wear a tie and be buttoned down, I will switch to the Prince Albert. It goes well with a long collar. I've always been a tie lover and it annoys me everyday that my work does not usually require me to wear one. I am further irked that Hong Kong's social and entertainment scene doesn't require ties. I've been to outstanding performances of symphonies and the like and not one man had on a tie. Yuck.
And here's an interesting piece of information on me. I did not know how to tie my own tie until about three years ago. My Dad used to tie all my ties for me on this wooden stand he had made decades ago. At the top it's got a round ball of wood made in the shape of a head and a neck to approximate a man's size. He uses it to tie his ties in a perfect half-windsor knot. Since I wanted nothing less than perfection I used to buy ties and then take them back to Boston with me for him to tie them. I never took the tie out of the knot when I was done wearing it. But, I recognized the horror of this and learned how to do it myself. Quirky, huh?
The half-windsor. Another of my favorite things. I love to be all tied up!