Back in the day, boys learned how to tie a necktie from their fathers. Now many men tie their first knot when in their teens or even 20s by studying YouTube videos. What many people don't realise is that there's more to a knot than necktie vs. bowtie. There are seemingly endless options when it comes to knots. Some are easier than others, some are more interesting than others, and some are simply classic.
Men might have a few more dress-up options in the form of cufflinks and handkerchief patterns, but how a man ties a knot remains one of the best ways to showcase his personality. Don't stick with what a brother or friend demonstrated for you; start branching out. Consider the knot your signature tactic to stand out from the crowd.
Here are five knots to try at winter weddings ... or any time.
1. The Windsor
This is by far the most common way to tie a necktie, though it's sometimes mistakenly called the "double Windsor." There are numerous online tutorials about how to execute this classic maneuver, and you might find it easier to watch a video demonstration. Consider the Windsor for any event, but don't expect to stand out from the crowd. This is a good option for business meetings or more casual events that demand a tie, including a laid-back wedding.
The Windsor is so popular because it's relatively easy. It's also simple to adjust the tie ends once it's complete, and easy to remove. However, sometimes men want something beyond the norm. That's when the other knots come into play.
2. The Bow Tie
There's something gallant and incredibly "James Bond" about a bow tie, but unfortunately few places where it's acceptable: only a wedding or the opera. Take advantage of opportunities to try out this knot, and expect to turn a few heads in the process. The bow tie needs to be accompanied by an overall polished look, though. It's best with a tuxedo, risky with a suit.
Play up the bow tie even more with a pop of color or luxurious matte finish. Don't get too quirky, because it's easy to go from snazzy to clown-like in seconds. After all, Sheldon Cooper has a penchant for bow ties, but few men would go to him for fashion advice.
3. The Cape Knot
At first glance, the cape knot looks a bit like The Windsor -- but look closer. It actually has three distinct parts, with the bottom fold being larger than the others. It's got a certain "look at me" appeal without being too out there.
4. The Trinity Knot
The knot itself looks like three perfect pieces of a knish, and beautiful is the only word that can describe it. It works best with a solid colored tie, because patterns can disguise the intricacy of the knot. It's bold enough to stand out, but will have people leaning in closer for a look at your handiwork.
5. The Eldredge Knot
"Stunning" is the only word that can describe this knot, which looks like an intricate pattern or puzzle to figure out. One thing is certain: all eyes will be on the man who can pull off this look. It's got that kind of understated complexity that makes everyone look twice. Best of all, it's not nearly as difficult to tie as it looks.
Mastering different knots can be great fun and an incredible way to distinguish yourself from the herd. However, these knots are useless without a quality tie that's been properly stored. Consider getting a tie packaging box, similar to a watch box, to keep everything proper. For traveling, tie packaging can keep that special tie in tip-top shape.
What's your favorite tie knot? Any tips?