Originally Posted by Ali29
Hi, I'm a new member here. I have some tie/knot questions. When I tie a four in hand knot, it always comes out angled to (my) left. I know the knot is not supposed to be symmetric, but this is almost too much of an angle. I suspect it's the way that I'm putting a dimple in it that's forcing it to strain in one direction.
My second question is, when buying a new tie (for someone who hasn't perfected the knot yet), how do you tell if the tie can knot well or not. I love wearing ties, but I have such a hard time getting the "right" knot.
EDIT: I also had one more question: what measurements of my body should I have on hand when purchasing clothing and shoes online? I especially don't know how to go about it with shoes since different lasts fit me differently.
Welcome to the forum, Ali. FIH is my knot of choice and sometimes it's cocked to one side and sometimes it isn't. I wouldn't worry too much about it...doesn't need to be perfect.
For the most part, quality ties tie quality knots. There are some cheap ties you can get a good knot out of, but it's a real crap shoot. Don't go below Brooks Brothers quality. If you can afford it, look for Drakes on sale or eBay.
For shirts, you'll want to know your neck, shoulders, chest, waist, and arms. For trousers, you'll want to know your waist, thighs, and how big of a leg opening you want...unfinished hem is preferred so they can be hemmed to your inseam. For shoes, it's just a matter of trying them...trial and error. Don't order any shoes that aren't easily returnable.