What I am wearing today (20 March 2012)

A gray double breasted, six-button suit with a white shirt forms the cornerstone of my ensemble today. With a white shirt you can year any tie; however, in my opinion a tie with some white in it is the ideal tie for a white shirt. Consequently, I am wearing a red tie with white polka dots. The knot is four-in-hand. I am also wearing dark brown, cap-toed, oxfords. The watch I am wearing today is same watch as yesterday’s.

What I am wearing today (19 March 2012)

Today my ensemble is anchored with a light blue wool/silk blend, 2-button, suit. The jacket’s lapel is what is called a “fish-mouth,” a variation of the notch lapel.  I have chosen to wear a white/blue Bengal stripe shirt and a patterned tie in red/blue/yellow colors. Today’s pocket square is yellow.

Today I am wearing light brown oxford brogues, as shown below:



What I am wearing today (18 March 2012)

Today I am wearing a 2-button, notch-lapel, blue suit–it’s kind of metallic blue. The shirt is a stripe of blue and pink. I am wearing a printed silk tie in red/blue/burnt sienna colors. Today ‘s pocket square is red. Red is my favorite color.

Today I am wearing light brown whole-cut oxford shoes as shown below:

Today’s watch is a mechanical winding Favre Leuba of 1965.

Necktie details:

The tie knot

What tie knot do you use. Or rather I should ask how to determine which tie knot is appropriate for you. The answer depends on a number of factors like, your height, length of the tie, thickness of the tie, and the spread of your shirt’s collar.

As explained in a previous post, when you wear a tie, at a minimum it should touch your trousers’ seam or extend a maximum of one to one  inch and a half beyond the seam, as shown in the following photographs below:

Ideally,  the length of the narrower width of the tie should be the same as the length of the wider part of the tie.

The standard length of a tie is 60 inches. However, I have some ties that are 62 inches and also 63 inches. Therefore, you are fairly limited in your choice of tie knots.

Tie knots

Having considered all the factors, now is the time to discuss the actual knot. There are basically two types of tie knots: Asymmetrical and Symmetrical. As the name implies, in an asymmetrical the tie is tilted towards one side, while in a symmetrical version, the knot is perfectly symmetrical.

Examples of symmetrical and asymmetrical knots are shown below:


As you can see, the Pratt and Windsor knots are symmetrical while the four-in-hand is an asymmetrical knot.

Be aware that many people frown on too elaborate and symmetrical knots like the Windsor knot. They think these knots and showy and pompous. However, my view is that it depends on the four factors discussed earlier: your height, length of the tie, thickness of the tie, and the collar spread. You will look ridiculous to wear a Windsor knot with a narrow collar. On the other hand, you cannot use a Windsor knot with a thick woolen tie—the only option is to use very simple knot like the four-in-hand.

Now let’s learn the important tie knots. But I suspect that you will find the four-in-hand knot as the most practical and useful of all the knots. Also, be aware that there are many other tie knots and if you want to know them, search the Internet and you will find many sites describing these numerous variations of tie knots.

The Four-in-hand knot

The Pratt knot


The Half Windsor knot

The Windsor knot (also known as Full Windsor knot or Double Windsor knot)