There’s more to your suit than, well, your suit. The whole ensemble doesn’t quite look the part until you’ve found the perfect watch to match your tie.
Sure, you could show up to every event featuring the same timepiece and tie knot, and chances are that everyone else couldn’t care less. But a true gentleman is able to discern the distinct character of every watch and knot, and knows how to pair them seamlessly for the right occasion.
We’ve gathered 4 of the most popular knots for you to experiment with and inspire you to try (or tie) something new.
Named after a 19th Century Gentleman's Club, the Four-in-Hand is undeniably the reigning champion among necktie knots. Its popularity stems from the fact that it’s easy to tie, slender, tapered, mildly asymmetrical and self-releasing. Its simplicity and versatility is closely mirrored by the Kent Black Silver, which goes perfectly with your standard button-down dress shirts for everyday office wear. So if you had to narrow down to a staple timepiece and knot, make it the Kent Black Silver and the Four-in-Hand.
Suit up with a handsome Windsor knot and a stately Edinburgh Black Rose. Named after the Duke of Windsor, a man renowned for his impeccable sense of style, the Windsor delivers a thick, wide and triangular knot that works best with a spread collar. Due to its symmetry, a Windsor is the most ideal knot for formal events. However, if you prefer a more modest knot of medium thickness and width, try the Half Windsor, which works up to approximately three quarters the size of the Full Windsor.
An equally smart variation of the Windsor would be the Pratt knot. The Pratt knot is everything that tie-wearers want to hear: simple to tie, convenient, stylish, and ensures a nice dimple almost every time you tie it. Thickness wise, the Pratt falls somewhere in between the Four In Hand and the Windsor. Like the latter, the Pratt knot is also symmetrical and appropriate for any semi-formal or formal event. Pair this knot of a PhD with the watch of a scholar - Glasgow White Silver - and you’ll have every conversation feel like a cocktail party with the dean of the philosophy department.
Finally, if you’re feeling like a million bucks, steal the show by sporting a stunning Eldredge knot. Its elaborate fishtail braid-like effect is perfect for special occasions, for instance, when you’re ready to tie the (love) knot. With its sleek twirls and folds, as well as a knot size larger than the Windsor, we guarantee that you’ll be the center of attention. Pair this fancy tie knot with a polished Lomond White Rose to stand out from the crowd and leave a lasting impression.
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