Originally Posted by Will C.
You realise the four-in-hand is the original tie-knot?
Yes, I knew that, so what? IIRC, monk straps predate the modern balmoral design, but there is plenty of hate for monk straps on SF.
What you meant to ask was, why would anyone want to follow the path of every men's style icon of the 20th century by wearing the knot that they wore... Grant, Astaire, Duke of Windsor, etc etc...
The mere fact that you can point to generally stylish men (but see, e.g., Astaire's tendency to wear absurdly high-rise pants) who have worn it does not redeem it, in my 100% subjective view (which is the whole point of this thread, as you may recall), against the weight of day-to-day exposure. When I go to my office each day, it is rather obvious that men who wear ties because they enjoy them (i.e., they wear ties most days out of the week) are tying half-windsors or full windsors. Men who go open collared for weeks at a time and then only put on a tie when it's time to meet a new client or go to court uniformly favor FiH, in my experience.