Behind this somewhat canvasser title, however, hides a very pertinent question: which tie knot is the most appropriate? You will easily guess that behind this question, there is a slightly more complicated answer than it seems, depending on a few factors to be taken into account. For there are dozens of different knots, from the simplest to the most eccentric. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages, and is more or less appropriate depending on several determining criteria: the context, your outfit, your skin tone, the culture of your country (for example, in France they worship the half Windsor, whereas it is a difficult knot that does little honour to the person wearing it). So I suggest that you make a little three-point summary to determine which tie knot suits you best!

Determine the context

At first sight, if you wear the tie, it is by professional obligation, rare are still the amateurs who wear the tie outside a business context. So, it’s not serious and the goal is to make wearing the tie pleasant and flattering rather than disobliging and embarrassing! Let’s assume, then, that you have to wear the tie to work. In this case, you can forget about the ¾ knots that can be found on the internet. You have to concentrate on four main knots: The oven in hand, the Prince Albert, the Half Windsor and the Windsor. All the others will be less suitable for a formal world.

Take into account the proportions of his outfit and the shape of his face

In the four knots mentioned above, there are two that are long and thin: the oven in hand and the Prince Albert. They are the most versatile and will go with all your outfits. Especially if you have narrow and thin collars. They will enhance all faces, especially square faces by lengthening them a little (which helps to balance the face). While the two Windsor knots, take up more space, so you should wear shirts with wide, flared collars. They will highlight thin faces, making them look fuller (same principle reversed as the previous example).

Working on one’s drop

Personally, I don’t envisage a pretty tie without a nice drop. Drop? It’s that little drip that nestles delicately at the end of the knot. Well worked, it gives volume and depth to your tie rather than a smooth and flat appearance (which we see too often alas). It also subtly shows the refinement of its wearer who wears it with ease and elegance. As you will have understood, there is no such thing as a perfect knot. If I had one last piece of advice to give you, it is to choose one and work on it! You will obtain a more and more flattering and balanced result, and you will also save time by mastering it.

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