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post #1 of 24
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This may have been asked here before, but I recently joined. What knot do you use the most often? Of the big three (Windsor, half W, and FIH) I tend to use the half W most often. Then, the FIH, then the Windsor. I like them all, though.
post #2 of 24
Embarrasing to admit - but the only one I can succeed in tying with any consistency is the four-in-hand. Thank goodness I have a job that is business casual, so I rarely have to wear a tie.
post #3 of 24
Half-windsor... I haven't tied a proper fih in so long I would have forgotten it if not for rarely using a prince bertie ( ).
post #4 of 24
Exclusively FIH. Skinny knots for skinny folks. Even Heinrich Himmler looks sharp in a FIH: Speaking of Nazis, I like to (just for fun) accuse Windsor-knotters of being fascists since the Duke of Windsor -- for whom the knot is named -- was a notorious Nazi-sympathesizer during World War II.
post #5 of 24
Depends entirely on the collar AND the face under which it is perched. FIH is great for point, pinned, and club collars. Half Windsor is better for semi-spread collars. You guessed it: full Windsor for wider spread and cutaway collars. However, if you're wearing a wider spread and have a narrower, more rectangular face (like me), try the Shelby knot. The result is a very triangular knot with a narrow bottom end. Google for how to tie one. Also, if you like a beefier but longer know with point collars, try a Prince Albert. Experiment, find what you like, and go with it.
post #6 of 24
Try this idea. Let the opening below your face determine the knot. Use a knot that fills the opening. For example, FIH for point collored shirts, Half W for spread collored shirts, Full W for spread collors wider that 4 inches. Also consider the lining in the tie. That needs to be factored in. For BD shirts, I like using a Half W. The knot is larger than the opening and the soft collor bevels out to accomodate. Only soft collors can do this style point.
post #7 of 24
It can also depend on the tie itself. If you have a thinner tie but want a bigger knot, I would recommend the Prince Albert to add bulk. I think a four-in-hand will work in almost any circumstance with a Prince Albert thrown in for a spread if you so desire. I use the Pratt sometimes, too, but not much. I see no real point in the Windsor as the Duke himself didn't even wear them. The prince seems to go with a simpler knot himself: Works for me.
post #8 of 24
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Depends entirely on the collar AND the face under which it is perched. FIH is great for point, pinned, and club collars. Half Windsor is better for semi-spread collars. You guessed it: full Windsor for wider spread and cutaway collars. However, if you're wearing a wider spread and have a narrower, more rectangular face (like me), try the Shelby knot. The result is a very triangular knot with a narrow bottom end. Google for how to tie one. Also, if you like a beefier but longer know with point collars, try a Prince Albert. Experiment, find what you like, and go with it.
Since I have a long, narrow face, I do exactly this: I wear buttondown or spread collars and use a half-windsor or windsor knot. Usually I'd prefer an asymmetrical knot, though, and I'm not sure how to get one if the FIH doesn't fill the tie space. So I only use the FIH with beefier ties. Will give the Prince Albert a try. Edited to include Prince Albert.
post #9 of 24
The Prince of Wales is quite short, is he not? Is that a common trait of the Royal Family? Jon. Oh, and I use a half or full Windsor depending on the thickness of the tie and the type of collar (I only have cutaways or fairly spread collars). If I use the right neck tie and shirt, and paired with a vest I can pull off a double Windsor.
post #10 of 24
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The Prince of Wales is quite short, is he not?
I don't believe so. I've shaken his hand and he was in the average height range.
post #11 of 24
I wear a tie everyday, I like the look. I use a reverse half windsor. I found this knot is always straight across the top and not tapered to one side of the knot.
post #12 of 24
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I wear a tie everyday, I like the look. I use a reverse half windsor. I found this knot is always straight across the top and not tapered to one side of the knot.
reverse half-windsor? POW is 5'10" or so... which is why he seems a bit short in comparison to Will or Harry, or bodyguards, for that matter.
post #13 of 24
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I would recommend the Prince Albert to add bulk.
Speaking on the behalf of all right thinking men, I would advise against anyone getting a Prince Albert. edit for spelling
post #14 of 24
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I would recommend the Prince Albert to add bulk.
Speaking on the behalf of all right thinking men, I would advise against anyone getting a Price Albert.
IIRC (not having had one or seen one), that doesn't add bulk so much as redistributing it.  *wince*
post #15 of 24
My preferred knot. I donno what it is called. Edited 6 June 2005: Now I know it's called Prince Albert knot. I'd replaced the orginal oversized picture with a smaller one so as not to tired your browser....Thanks chaps.
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