The best method for tying a good knot is to start with your shirt fastened up all the way to the top button with the collar up.
Whether you have the wide end of the tie on the left or right side is just a matter of choice & of course if you are left or right handed. Always try to keep the knot as tight as possible while tying your tie.
After you have tied the knot & put the collar down it should be in the middle of your collar & the wide end of your tie should ideally touch or be just above your waistline.
If it is not to your satisfaction the first time, simply unknot your tie & try again, tying the perfect knot takes practice, but it is definitely worth the effort.
It has always been recommended that a good knot should have a dimple, this is the little indentation directly below the knot.
The best way to make a good dimple is to make it just before you tighten the knot. If you put your index finger into the fabric directly under the knot while lightly squeezing the side of the fabric, you then tighten the knot by pulling down on the wider end of the tie.
For the finishing touch, try to make sure dimple is centered in the middle under the knot.
The information below has been created to help you tie one of four classic knots. These all show the wide part of the tie starting on the right as you will see it in a mirror but if you like to work the other way round just reverse the instructions.
The Windsor Knot
This is a classic wide triangular knot which is more usually tied for formal occasions such as weddings, etc. Shirts with a slightly wider spread collar are suggested when using this knot as it is a little larger than the Half Windsor and Four in Hand.
The Half Windsor Knot
This is a medium sized, neat triangular knot that is considered more formal & better balanced than the four-in-hand knot and slightly larger. It is not, as people sometimes expect, half the size of the Full Windsor.
The Four In Hand Knot
Also known as the simple or schoolboy knot, this is used by around 80% of tie wearers, it is thought to be the most popular type of knot as it is the easiest to learn and fairy quick to tie. The finished knot is quite narrow but slightly lopsided, although more than acceptable for everyday wear.
The Pratt Knot
This is sometimes also known as the Shelby knot, apparently invented by Jerry Pratt who worked in the US Chamber of Commerce, the knot became famous after TV personality Don Shelby wore it on air. It is semi-wide, symmetrical knot and is unusual in that when beginning to tie the knot the tie is turned reverse-side outwards.
Winsor Ties Care of garment advice:
Garment Cleaning & Allocation Guidelines
Garment Cleaning Per Year
365 days per year
20 days holiday
8 days bank holiday
104 weekend days
Total working days = 233 (advised allocation is for full-time wearer)
Minimum care of your attire will boost their life span. Jacquard woven ties & scarves can be damaged on the surface and rims by sharp abrasive surfaces, similar to car seatbelts, jacket zips & Velcro fastenings. The Tie face must be kept away from ruff entities.
It is most important to untie, scarf & bowtie every time you take it off. Do this quite gently by first lifting the collar of your shirt or blouse, then loosen the tie. Open the knot completely before removing it. You can wrap the tie or ladies’ scarves or bow tie or cummerbunds around your hand and place the bundle to one side (at least for the night). The wrinkle and creases will usually be gone by the next morning. If not, a bit of hot steam from the iron will do.
In case you actually need to iron your neckwear or the cummerbund, put a clean cotton or linen cloth between iron and the item, on cool setting. Never completely flatten your item with the iron; it is supposed to keep its tubular texture and shape.
Cummerbunds are over garments, as such they are to be warn loosely over the trousers and not to be warn as belts.
Neckwear & Cummerbunds need to be protected against the sun, dust, humidity and, if applicable moths.
It is better to protect the item from staining then trying to clean it. During meal times tuck your ties or scarf in your shirts/ blouse, or the jacket, or place over one shoulder, ladies take off your scarves please; even cover with a cloth/ tissue. The neckwear should always be cleaned by professional dry cleaners who know how to care for men’s attire.
2 ties = 116 days wear per year Wear for 10 days before washing = maximum 10 washes or 10 dry cleans per year
Bow ties & Cravats
2 bowties or 2 cravats = 116 days wear per year Wear for 10 days before washing = maximum 10 washes or 10 dry cleans per year
2 scarves = 116 days wear per year Wear for 10 days before washing = maximum 10 washes or 10 dry cleans per year
2 cummerbunds = 116 days wear per year Wear for 10 days before washing = maximum 10 washes or 10 dry cleans per year