GET DRESSED FOR THE OCCASION
Spring and summer are filled with formal occasions like weddings, dances and birthdays. Make sure your outfit is comfortable and on point all night long. We'll show you how.
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Does a Half-Windsor knot work best and how does one tie a Four-in-Hand anyway? This is NLY MAN's guide to the most common tie knots.
This is the most common knot one tends to be taught first – the Four-in-Hand knot. And if you're intent on mastering just one knot, this is the one for you. It has a characteristic appearance everyone should recognize immediately; that asymmetric, medium-sized knot. It's even pretty easy to tie! The Four-in-Hand knot is best matched with button-down collar shirts, but it even goes great with the more traditional and more formal cut-away collar. Just try to choose a tie in a somewhat thick material; like knitting or wool.
Where the Windsor differs from the Four-in-Hand knot's asymmetric shape is in that the full Windsor knot is cleaner and has a wider, triangular, even symmetric form. A tie with this knot is best suited for a shirt collar with a somewhat wider gap between the folded collar leafs; for example, shirts with cut-away collars or a fullspread collar.
As the name suggests, the Half Windsor knot is smaller than it's full-on predecessor and tends to be the second knot learned by tie wearers. Being more casual/everyday-friendly in appearance, it is naturally more asymmetric and ideal for shirts with both wide and thin gaps between the folded collar leafs – meaning it looks great with most shirt styles.
We gathered our best items for all spring and summer's most dressy occasions, here in our Occasion Shop. Find the suit, shirts, pants, and bow tie that work for you.