Hopefully people have recovered from their hangovers by now, and are ready to face the new year with aplomb and panache. For better or for worse, the necktie is still a part of the formal and business scene, and how that tie looks can say a lot. There are over 100 ways to tie a necktie, although three knots are the most commonly used. Here are the old standards, and some attention-grabbing newcomers:
The four-in-hand – the simplest knot to tie.
The Half-windsor. Always seems a bit lopsided to me.
The full Windsor. Balanced, symmetrical, and classic.
Ediety Knot (wide blade in front)
Ediety knot (Merovingian knot) with narrow blade in front. To get the two-toned look, two ties need to be sewn together.
The Ediety knot (for Matrix fans, also called the Merovingian knot.) This is a doubled Atlantic knot; it can be knotted with the thin end over the wide end (top), as with the Atlantic knot, or with the wide end over the thin end to mimic the look seen in the film, with the narrow blade in front (bottom). There’s a lot of controversy on how to tie this knot – many claim that it’s a simple Atlantic, but that’s not the case. Google around, there are a number of tutorials out there – and choose the one that gives you the look you like.
The Trinity Knot. Very sharp looking.
The Eldredge Knot. Unique and eye-catching.
A comprehensive list of knots is found here, although the instructions (in shorthand notation) can be confusing and look more like a solution to the Rubik’s Cube. However, if you find a knot you like, there are usually video or other tutorials available that will give you a better idea of how to proceed.
The Old Wolf has spoken.