Why no love for the windsor knot?

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  1. MrDaniels

    MrDaniels Senior member

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    I will tie a half-windsor with a particularly wide spread collar, or a tie that ties a really skinny knot. I used to ONLY tie a Windsor before I came here.

    Mike


    So, who bullied you into stopping? [​IMG]
     


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    porcelain monkey Senior member

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    your sig has been waiting for this thread

    Now if someone would start a Ramones thread ...
     


  3. Saturdays

    Saturdays Senior member

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    I tend to wear a St. Andrews Knot. I like starting backwards.
     


  4. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    the vast majority of my shirts have spread collars, and I tie full windsors most often.

    why?

    I like the symmetry, and I like the size. No, my knots are not nba commentator sized.
     


  5. Grigory

    Grigory Senior member

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    99.9% of Russian officials wear half-windsor, except for president Medvedev who prefers FIH
     


  6. heaven7

    heaven7 Senior member

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    I do FIH and Half-Windsors mostly, just for the sake of variation. It actually has to do with how the tie knots and what kind of collar I'm wearing, but I mostly vary between these two. Every now and then I try a double FIH.
     


  7. inlandisland

    inlandisland Senior member

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    The first knot I learned was a half-windsor, which I've never liked. Before SF I always tied a Windsor, but then through WAYWRN I fell for the double FIH, which is almost all I wear now. Sometimes if a tie is too thick or something I'll wear just a FIH.

    On the odd occasion that I want a slightly larger more triangular knot I tend to use the Pratt instead of the Windsor, because having adapted to the DFIH I just find a windsor too damn big for any of my collars and the pratt makes a better dimple.
     


  8. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    FIH for me-- mostly because I'm too dumb to learn and remember all the other ones.
     


  9. TheTukker

    TheTukker Senior member

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    Not very attractive, but if you're in the UK and wearing it, it will give you that 'footballer'-look.
     


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    celeste_pista Senior member

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    i'm split about 50/50 between 1/2 windsor and FIH...both have their place.

    full windsor...no.
     


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    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    FIH and double FIH, but only when I dont screw up the double FIH length 5x first. [​IMG]
     


  12. ajmanouk

    ajmanouk Senior member

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    I tie Windsor knots all the time...because my ties are so shitty quality that it makes sense. [​IMG]
     


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    superego Senior member

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    Please tell me. Living and working in London, UK I wouldn't go so far as to say that it is the exclusive tie knot, but it is the most common one and one that I wear, especially with spread-collared shirts.

    I have seen so many comments of late where new posters are posting pics, and they are slammed immediately because they have ties a windsor and not a FIH. And not always told in a gentle way, but pretty aggressive sometimes.

    I have a feeling that the responses will be in the region of 95% against the 'windsor'.


    It's just too bulky, particularly for ties with a heavy hand. Four in hand for me, or half windsor if I'm feeling crazy.
     


  14. Matt S

    Matt S Senior member

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    I almost always tie a four-in-hand, unless my tie is really heavy and I might tie a small knot. I like the look of a small, narrow four-in-hand knot with wide spread collar, as exemplified by HRH Prince Charles. I prefer to follow the royalty and wear four-in-hand knot. If I ever desire to tie a larger knot I'll use a double four-in-hand. I prefer the longer shape of a four-in-hand knot over the Windsor knot.

    However, sometimes I might use a Windsor knot on a knit tie. A four-in-hand knot often turns out lumpy with a knit tie. I was convinced that it can look good after seeing Pierce Brosnan tie a knit in a small, tight Full Windsor knot in the 5th episode of Remington Steele.
     


  15. Tyrone MacStiophain

    Tyrone MacStiophain Senior member

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    I tend to wear a St. Andrews Knot. I like starting backwards.

    I just learned that knot today - and it's awesome. I'm finding that with the exception of the double-wrapped FIH, all the knots I like start backwards. But for some reason I'm doing that double-wrapped FIH a lot. (What's that called, anyway?) It seems to fit with my collars and choice of tie.
     


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