Neckties: Four-in-hand and Windsor knot

Prince of Wales, King Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor - three titles, one identity, embodying one of the greatest stylists in modern men's fashion in historical writings in the UK, as well as style breviaria from around the world. Each of these titles corresponds to a particular phase from Edward's life, born in 1894 and died in 1972. He is usually called the Duke of Windsor, although as a Prince of Wales he made most fashion innovations and popularize them by the power of his rang.

He is mentioned talking about the so-called Windsor Knot - one legend, one mystification in the dummy world of fashion, although photos prove that the Duke hasn't invent it. His over voluminous tie knots were due more to thick linings rather than double knot. Suzy Menkes has also mentioned this fact in her book 'The Windsor Style', adding that the Duke of Windsor ordered his ties at Hawes & Curtis always with ticker linings. This caused the deception that he was wearing double knot, which, if it was true, would make the knot incredibly huge.

Neckties: Four-in-hand and Windsor knot
How to Tie a Windsor Knot

If you try ties made of different fabrics, you'll find out that if the tie is thicker Four-in-hand knot would give you exactly the image from the Duke's photographs. Another eccentric, our contemporary and a member of the British royal family - Prince Michael of Kent - also has preferences for kipper ties - 70s style wide neckties in garish colors and patterns.

What should you have in mind when choosing a tie know?

The simple Four-in-hand is the most stylistically satisfactory and appropriate for a variety of occasions knot. The elongated shape of the knot takes the space between the collar tips and is a pleasant asymmetry to them. It gives a satisfying result in any thickness of the tie fabric.

Windsor knot is absolutely symmetric, but also a little boring. It is wider and tall and shortens the neck in bad way. It is applicable with narrower ties, but then its triangular form is in uncomely contrast to the finer overall silhouette of the tie. The knot of the tie should match the shape of the collar.

Four-in-hand is in consent with all collar shapes, while Windsor knot fits best a Cutaway collar. The knot should not be tight to the utmost, but to show how it is tied - this also protects the fabric. Try different manufacturers, until you find the best quality for yourself. A Hermes necktie looks better with Four-in-hand knot, while Drake's - with Windsor knot. And how much more you can experiment with a bespoke necktie...


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