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How To Buy Men’s Formal Shirts

Selecting the fit and collar of a foraml shirt
When purchasing a shirt you need to consider: size first and foremost, collar style, tailoring, and material.

Size and Fit

If the first chance you get, the first thing you do is open your collar button and loosen your tie, your shirt does not fit. A topical study by Cornell University shows that 70% of men wear their shirts to tight. You should not experience discomfort when wearing a shirt and tie.

All Choked Up
There are a few simple ways of avoiding that choked-up feeling. First, put on one of your shirts and button the collar. If you cannot put your two middle fingers between the collar and your neck without touching, your collar is too small. Buy a half size larger.

To be sure, put a tape measure around your neck at the Adam’s apple. Add one half size to that measurement. Shirts are sized in half inch increments: 14, 14 ½, 15. 15 ½, etc. So if your neck measures 15 inches, purchase a size 15 ½.

Sleeves That Fit Just Right
Getting the sleeve length right is important too. Usually, shirt sleeves are sized in ranges: 32/33, 34/35, etc. Ideally the end of the cuff should come ½ inch below the break in the wrist, i.e. where it bends. About ½ inch of cuff should extend beyond the end of the suit jacket cuff. To get your sleeve length, you will need some help. Using the tape, with your arm extended out to the side, have an accomplice take the measurement from the middle of your back, over your shoulder to your wrist.

The other thing to consider is the fit of the shirt. This information is usually on the packaging. Most men’s shirts are either tapered or fitted and full cut. Men with a slim build may prefer the fitted style, while the fuller cut would be a better choice for men who are stocky or have a larger build.

 
Collar Style and Tailoring
Next to fit, collar style is probably the most important consideration when purchasing a shirt. The collar is the most visible part of the shirt. It frames your face and showcases your necktie. Consequentially, the shape of your face and length of your neck should play in role in the style of collar you choose. As a general rule, the large the man the larger collar he can wear and vice versa.

Pinned Collar Shirt
This is the same as the regular collar except that it is worn with a pin that goes through the collar, with collar bars that snap onto the collar, or with a bar that has a screw and ball that connect through eyelets. This style looks best on men with a medium to long neck

Spread Collar Shirt
This collar has medium spread and shorter points. It is a better choice for men with a short neck or who favour a full Windsor tie knot.

Button-down Collar Shirt
Similar to the straight point, but the ends of the collar are secured with buttons. Having no collar stays, this is a much softer and relaxed style but is still commonly worn for business wear. It can accommodate any type of knot and is the collar style to be worn with a bow tie.

Regular or Straight Point Collar Dress Shirt
This is the main stay of most men’s wardrobe and goes with just about any type of suit or sport coat. The length of the collar tends to vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and with the dictates of fashion.

Tab Collar Dress Shirt
This style holds the tie in place by tabs attached to the collar and held together under the tie knot. Not all that common today.

Shirts and Trousers.com Guide to White Tie

Guide to White Tie Dress Code

Mens White Tie TailcoatAre you lucky enough to be invited to an event requiring a white tie dress? Consider yourself lucky! White tie is the most formal of all dress codes and typically associated with presidential dinners, royal affairs, as well as state dinners and formal balls. It is a dress code that leaves little room for personal interpretation. Thus, it is imperative you follow a strict dress guideline. Below is all the information you need to know that will insure your attire is up to par.

White Tie in Brief

In brief, white tie consists of a black tailcoat jacket, full white waistcoat, wing-tipped collared dress shirt, self-tied white bow tie, and patent leather dress shoes. Below I am discussing each clothing item in more detail, give tips on how to best wear it, and also discuss possible (if any) style variations you can choose from.

The Tailcoat Jacket

White tie requires men to be dressed in a tailcoat jacket that is more specifically called evening dress coat. Typically the jacket is solid black in color although midnight blue has been considered an acceptable alternative since the 1920s. The jacket appears to have a double breasted cut but it is actually tailored in a way that it cannot be buttoned. Thus, excellent fit is key – making a trip to a tailor (or, should your budget allow, a bespoke tailored jacket) imperative when shopping or a tailcoat.

A well tailored tailcoat fits well on the shoulders, snugly hugs your torso, has a sleeve length that shows about 1/4 inch on your dress shirt’s sleeves, rises up on your neck so that enough of the dress shirt’s collar is showing but at the same time does not reveal the band of the bow tie, has a front that is just long enough to cover the waistcoat but does not reach below the waist, and finally has two tails that reach down to the knees.

Traditionally the classic tailcoat is made from finest worsted wool. When shopping for a waistcoat, have a look at the label which should read Super100 wool or higher. The number refers to the length of the individual wool fiber. The longer the fiber, the finer, and more expensive the fabric will be. The classic tailcoat has notched lapels and 6 buttons – both faced in finest satin.

White Tie Trousers

Formal Mens TrousersFormal trousers must be made from the same fabric as the tailcoat. Because the front of the tailcoat has a higher rise it is important the trousers are cut with a high waistline. Formal trousers are never worn with belts but instead are held in place thanks to a perfectly tailored fit, adjustable concealed waistband, and back buttons used to attach suspenders.

Formal trousers can be straight cut or have pleated fronts – which style you choose is a question of personal preference although men with a larger waistline are advised to choose pleats that are more flattering to the larger body type. Finally white tie trousers have a silk trim that matches the lapel and button facings of the jacket. The trim consists of either one or two stripes that run along the outside to the trousers’ seam. Also, formal white tie trousers don’t have cuffs.

White Tie Waistcoats

White Tie WaistcoatWhile there is little room for interpretation on a white tie ensemble, the waistcoat does give you some choices to add your own personal touch. The most important thing is proper fit. The waistcoat should be long enough to cover the trousers’ waistline, but at the same time be short enough so that it does not reach below the tailcoat. In addition, the white tie waistcoat should have a deep V opening to reveal much of the formal dress shirt.

White tie waistcoats are typically white in color and made from cotton pique but off-white shades such as ivory and cream are also acceptable. You can choose between single and double breasted cuts. The single breasted waistcoat is secured with two buttons while the double breasted waistcoat uses four. Buttons are either faced in the same fabric as the waistcoat or made from mother of pearl. Most white tie waistcoats have an open back.

Formal White Tie Dress Shirts

White Tie Dress ShirtThe right formal dress shirt is just as important as the tailcoat. The formal white tie shirt is always white in color and most commonly made from fine broadcloth fabric. Unlike black tie dress shirts, the white tie shirt is minimal in decoration but it does have a bib-like (also known as bosom) front that has a stiffened cotton pique or fine linen facing.

The collar of the white tie shirt is a detachable wing-tip that has a rise ranging from 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 inches. (For more information on shirt collars I also suggest you read my dress shirt collar guide.) High quality shirts have a loop sown to the back of the collar that is meant to keep the bow tie loop in place. Most common is the formal barrel cuff that is secured with mother of pearl cufflinks matching the button studs at the front of the dress shirt.

The Right Bow Tie

Self Tied White Bow TieThe bow tie must be white in color and be made from cotton pique matching the fabric of the waistcoat. Only the self-tied bow tie is acceptable as pre-tied bow ties are considered tacky and insulting to the formal nature of white tie. Most common are batwing and butterfly bow ties. Keep in mind that the bow tie is worn outside of the wings of the collars. Need help in tying a bow tie? Then have a look at my tutorial about How to Tie a Bow Tie

Proper Dress Shoes

Patent Leather PumpOnly the finest and most elegant footwear is suited for formal white tie dress. Thus, pumps made from fine and shiny patent leather are preferred. Most formal pumps are decorated with a silk grosgrain bow. Also acceptable are patent leather oxford lace-ups.

Common White Tie Accessories

When dressing for a white tie invitation several accessory choices will be available to you. Below I am discussing all the popular white tie accessories.

Cufflinks & Studs

Cufflinks and studs are not optional but a must have accessory. Typically the cufflinks, shirt’s studs, and waistcoat buttons all match. Most popular are studs and cufflinks faced with genuine mother of pearl. Sterling silver, platinum, and white gold is the preferred metal. Yellow gold is almost never present on a white tie ensemble.

Suspenders

Another required accessory are suspenders that are worn under the waistcoat. Traditionally suspenders are made from white silk.

Top Hat

Mens Silk Top HatThe top hat is either made from black silk or polished black beaver fur. You will be able to choose from a fixed as well as collapsible top hat. Most top hats are decorated with a silk grosgrain band running along the bottom of the brim.

Boutonniere

The boutonniere is an optional accessory. Typically it is worn in place of a pocket square. Both, pocket square and boutonniere, are almost never worn on one outfit. The proper boutonniere must be white in color. Carnations and gardenias are the two acceptable choices.

Pocket Square

The white linen pocket square is a popular formal accessory but it since most tailcoat jacket’s do not have a breast pocket might not be an option after all.

Dress Watch

If you choose to wear a timepiece (some consider it a Faux Pas to be checking the time during formal occasions), then the only acceptable choice would be a silver, platinum, or white-gold pocket watch that is attached to your waistcoat.

Evening Gloves

White evening gloves have become rare at modern white tie functions. Should you choose to wear gloves with your white tie ensemble then make sure they are white in color and made from fine kidskin leather.

Evening Scarf

The correct evening scarf is the same as the one worn at black tie functions. It is white or ivory in color and either made from silk or fine cashmere. The formal opera scarf has tassels on each end. It is worn loosely hanging down over each shoulder and is intended to be offered to your date during the opera’s intermission.

 

Shirts and Trousers.com Guide to Black Tie

Guide to Black Tie

Black Tie Attire

Black tie refers to a formal evening dress code that typically requires men to be dressed in tuxedo and women in evening gown. Below is a basic guide on men’s black tie attire. It is my goal to make this black tie guide as concise and simple as possible.

The 30 Second Black Tie Guide

The classic black tie dress code consists of a black tuxedo, white dress shirt, black bow tie, and black dress shoes. These items make up the gold standard of a black tie ensemble. If you are interested to learn more then I discuss each clothing item in much more detail below. I hope you find my black tie guide helpful!

Tuxedos

The Gold Standard

If you want to adhere to the classic black tie dress code then choose the traditional tuxedo pictured above. As you can see from the picture, the classic black tie tux is solid black in color, is single breasted, has one single button, has a peaked satin-faced lapel, does not have vents at the back, and is made from grosgrain fabric. If you don’t want to go with a standard look but still want to stick to the black tie dress code then read on. In the next few paragraphs I will cover acceptable tuxedo color, cut, and fabric options.

Acceptable Tuxedo Colors

As I had mentioned, black is the classic tuxedo color for black tie functions but a dark midnight blue is an acceptable, and equally suited alternative. Both, black and midnight blue, are acceptable black tie tux colors for evening wear. White dinner jackets worn with black pants are common for day time black tie functions. This type of dress code is commonly referred to “warm weather black tie”.

Tuxedo Cuts & Styles

Besides color there are several designs and cuts available when choosing a tuxedo. First, let’s talk about the cut. Most common is the single breasted tuxedo. The other choice available is a double breasted jacket. The single breasted style is traditional and more classic. The double breasted cut was introduced in the 1930s. While the single breasted tux is typically worn unbuttoned, the double breasted cut should be worn buttoned – making a waist covering unnecessary (see below for waistcoat and cummerbund options). If you want to keep it traditional then choose the single breasted style, if you want something slightly out of the ordinary then the double breasted jacket would be a suited alternative. Keep in mind that the double breasted cut can be slightly less comfortable when sitting down.

Next, let’s talk about lapel styles. Most classic is the peaked lapel. Slightly less common but equally formal is the shawl lapel. Even though notch lapels are more common nowadays they are considered to be slightly less formal. Typically the lapel has a shiny silk facing that matches the facing on the jacket’s buttons.

Tuxedo Fabrics

The classic tuxedo is made from a fabric that has a fine diagonal ribbed texture that is also known as grosgrain. Depending on the quality and price point, tuxedo fabrics range from silk (on the higher end) to a man made polyester (lowest cost). Most common is fine worsted wool. I suggest you choose a natural fiber such as wool. It is more carefree than silk and much more breathable and comfortable than a synthetic fiber. Choose a wool that is labeled “super 100” or higher. The higher the number, the finer, shinier, and more exclusive the fabric.

Rent vs. Buy

black tie functions are a once in a lifetime event for you then I suggest you go with a rental. Renting a complete black tie outfit will range from $60 to $120. Make sure to that you give yourself enough time for fitting and tailoring. Call a rental place ahead of time to see what is available. This can be especially tricky during prom or wedding season.

Buying a tux is a good choice if your body doesn’t change too much anymore, and if you plan on attending more than five black tie functions in your lifetime. The classic black tie outfit will not change and just five black tie events can offset the cost of buying your own ensemble. The cost is one of the factors to consider when choosing buying vs. renting. Other things to consider are design choices, custom tailoring, and quality. Even lower cost tuxedos will be of better quality than a rental. In addition, buying your own tux will allow you to tailor your garment for the perfect fit.

Black Tie Trousers

Mens Tuxedo Pants

Classic Tuxedo Pants

Classic trousers are black in color and made from the same fabric as the jacket. The outer seems are hidden and covered by a silk band that matches the jacket’s lapels. Both pleated as well as straight cut trousers are acceptable. Which style you choose is a matter of personal preference and comfort. Tuxedo pants do not have belt loops as they are never worn with a belt. Instead, they are either tightened using adjustable side tabs or suspenders. The waistband of the pants is covered by either waistcoat or cummerbund.

Black Tie Dress Shirts

Formal White Dress Shirt

The Classic Black Tie Shirt

The picture on the left shows a classic shirt that is perfect for your black tie outfit. The classic shirt is bright white in color, has a turn-down spread collar, has a pleated front, and is French cuffed. Below is some more information on different black tie dress shirt options.

Collar Styles

The turn-down collar is the most classic style. Best are wide-spread collars that will hide behind the jacket’s lapels creating a more simplistic and elegant look. Also popular, and actually more formal, is the wing-tip collar dress shirt. The wing-tip collared shirt was typically reserved for the most formal of all dress codes called “White Tie”. This formal dress shirt is now quite common for black tie ensembles. Finally there is the so-called mandarin collar – a shirt that is almost collarless and decorated with black stud rather than bow tie. Please keep in mind that the mandarin collared shirt must only be worn with so called oriental jacket rather than tuxedo.

Pleats or no Pleats

The classic black tie dress shirt has a pleated front that is spaced 1/2 to 3/4 inches apart. If you want to opt for a more simplistic style that does not compromise formality then you may also choose a plain front shirt whose buttons are replaced with black button studs. Regardless of the style you choose, black tie dress shirts never have a breast pocket.

Waistcoat or Cummerbund?

Classic Black Tie Waist Covering

Both, waistcoat as well as cummerbund, are acceptable waist coverings for black tie attire. Even though both are available in a wide range of colors, the classic choice is black – matching the jacket. The black tie aficionado will argue that the waistcoat is better suited for jackets with a peaked lapel while the simple lines of the cummerbund best harmonizes with the clean lines of the shawl collar jacket.

The Waistcoat in Detail

Formal Black Tie Waistcoat

faced in shiny sateen silk to match the lapels of the jacket. Most formal are waistcoats with a low cut, showing as much of the shirt’s decorative pleats without hiding the waistcoat. Single as well as double breasted waistcoats are acceptable, and both styles come in full dress as well as open back style (the latter being more comfortable in warm weather). Traditionally the waistcoat has 3- buttons (4-buttons for double breasted) that are faced in sateen silk matching the lapels. Two so-called “welt pockets” are located at the lower front of the waistcoat and were intended to hold a pocket watch and/or ticket stubs.

The Cummerbund in Detail

Black Cummerbund

The cummerbund is a decorative sash that originated in India during British colonialism. It was introduced as an acceptable black tie accessory during the 1930s. Traditionally the cummerbund is black in color has upward facing pleats and is made from shiny sateen silk or grosgrain. It is the consensus of black tie experts that the cummerbund is best suited for shawl collar jackets.

Proper Black Tie Neckwear

Black Bow Tie

The Classic Black Bow Tie

The classic neckwear for a black tie function is a solid black bow tie that is self-tied. The fabric of the bow tie has to match the facing of the lapels. Sateen lapels are matched with sateen silk bow ties and grosgrain faced lapels are paired with finely ribbed or pique fabric bow ties.

Other Bow Tie Styles

The classic bow tie is a so-called butterfly bow tie. It has a spread of 2-2.5″. Also acceptable are narrow bow ties, called batwing, whose spread is 1-1.5 inches. Finally there are bow ties with pointed tips – a great alternative for those seeking a slightly different and more unique look.

When shopping for a black tie bow tie you can choose between a pre-tied and a self-tied bowtie. Pre-tied bows are acceptable for proms but are considered a black tie Faux Pas once you graduated high school. When buying a self-tied bow tie you can choose between a fixed length and an adjustable length bow. I recommend the fixed length bows that are typically available in Small (13.5 – 15 inch neck), Medium (15.5 – 17 inch neck), and Large Size (17.5 – 19.5 inch neck). The fixed length bow offers two advantages: First, the size of the bow will automatically be proportionate to your neck and face. Second, the lack of the adjustment clasp gives the bow tie much cleaner and formal look. If you need to learn to tie a bow then I suggest you view my guide on How to Tie a Bow Tie

Shoes for Black Tie Attire

Oxford Patent Leather Dress Shoes

Classic Black Tie Footwear

Black tie footwear is slim, minimal in decorations, and lightweight. Two styles are common for black tie attire: The formal pump, as well as formal lace-up (oxford). The pump is always made from high gloss patent leather while the formal lace-up (pictured) is also acceptable in polished calfskin.

Optional Black Tie Accessories

Opera Scarf

The opera scarf is a common evening accessory that is white in color, has 3-5 inch long tassels, and is either made from finest silk or cashmere. The opera scarf is never tied but instead worn loosely over the shoulders. Traditionally men wore the opera scarf so that they could offer it to their date to stay warm during the opera’s intermission.

Cufflinks & Studs

Cufflinks and studs are a must have accessory for black tie attire. The cufflinks have to match the decorative shirt button studs. Cufflinks and studs are usually made from gold, silver, platinum, onyx, or mother of pearl. The metal color has to match your wrist or pocket watch.

Pocket Squares

Another optional black tie accessory is a white pocket square. The type of pocket square fold you choose is personal preference. Formal pocket squares are either made from fine linen, cotton pique, or silk. Best are pocket squares with hand-rolled edges. I am currently compiling a guide with different ways to fold a pocket square. I will let you know as soon as it is finished.

Dress Watch

Some black tie experts will argue that a wrist watch does not belong to a black tie outfit. They argue that “clock watching” does not pair with the celebratory nature of a black tie event. If you do choose a wrist watch, then keep the design simple, sleek, and unadorned. A model with classic black leather band and a thin body is best suited. Another great option is a pocket watch. When choosing a watch make sure that the metal matches the color of your cufflinks and button studs.

Tie Tips and Tricks

Tie Tips & Tricks

After getting into the habit of wearing ties on a more regular basis, you will probably notice that they somehow seem to “wear off” a little bit. That may be due to improper care or things beyond your reach, for example, getting food or beverages spilled on your favorite tie.

 

That is why I wanted to give you a few suggestions as to how to take care of your tie to make sure that you will be able to wear and preserve it for quite some time to come!

How to Properly Untie Your Tie

 

A very common mistake a beginner makes when learning how to tie a tie is that once you get that first knot done right, you would never even think about untying your tie at the end of the day. Instead, you would probably prefer to make the loop just big enough to pull your head out and hang the tied tie on a clothes hanger or over the back of a chair.

Unfortunately, that is the most damaging thing you could ever do to your tie. What you would rather want to do is to properly untie your tie.

However, this is where half the nation – yes, beginners and folks who have worn ties for quite some time alike – commit the second gravest sin when it comes to untying any tie. That is to just rip it off by the time you get home.

 

Paying a little attention is key here, though, as doing the opposite will definitely ruin your tie – rather sooner than later.

Instead of hastily tearing and yanking a tie from your neck, repeat all of the steps you followed to tie your tie but now do so in reverse order! Step #7 becomes #1, step #6 becomes #2 and so on…

While this process might not necessarily save you an extra minute each evening, it will definitely save you your precious tie and your hard-money that you would have to spend on new ties every couple of weeks.

Remember that as with all things precious, it is going the extra mile to make it last, to keep it coming, to keep happening!

“Instead of hastily tearing and yanking to remove your tie from your neck, take the time to repeat all of the steps you followed to tie your tie but now do so in reverse order!”
How to Quickly Get Rid Of Tie Wrinkles

 

After untying your tie, especially when your tie is made of thick and heavy silk, you will probably notice that there are wrinkles that make it look very worn and used – even though you have only worn that tie for only a couple of hours.

However, there is something you can do to get rid of that problem overnight. Basically, all you do is to wrap the tie around your hand, then put it onto a table or into a drawer and let it rest for a while.

To help you understand I took some pictures with a digital camera. Here is what you would do:

How to Quickly Get Rid Off Tie Wrinkles

1) Hold the narrow end of your tie with your thumb as shown on the picture above, while letting the wide end hang down to the floor.

2) Wrap the wide end around your hand several times.

3) Take the wrapped-up tie and place it on a flat surface.

You will see that after only a few hours all of the wrinkles will be gone and your tie looks as fresh and new as if you had just purchased it at a store!

By the way, wrapping up your ties is also great while on travel to prevent the ties from being damaged in a tightly-packed suitcase.

To quickly get rid of tie wrinkles, hold the narrow end of your tie with your thumb, wrap the wide end around your hand and then place the wrapped-up tie on a flat surface for a couple of hours!”
How to Treat Tie Stains

 

One of the moments every tie-wearing guy worries about is to get food or beverages spilled on your favorite tie.

That is because chances are 9 out of 10 that that stain permanently ruins your tie as the majority of ties is made of silk, a very unforgiving type of cloth when it comes into contact with coffee, Coke or ketchup!

 

As silk is a very delicate material, applying stain-removers will only make matters worse. The only thing that I recommend you do is to take your stained tie to your local dry cleaner and ask them for help.

While dry-cleaning will remove the stain in most every case, there is one major downside to it: The shiny look and feel of your tie will be gone, too!

Therefore, really make every effort to protect your tie during meals, e.g., by covering it using a large napkin or removing it if appropriate.

Never treat tie stains with stain-remover! Instead, take the stained tie to your local dry cleaner and let them see to the problem. Keep in mind, though, that while dry-cleaning removes the stain it will also destroy your tie’s shiny look and feel.

Getting the right tie length

When you feel that your tie comes out just too short after you have tied your necktie’s knot, it might be that you are using regular length ties when extra-long ties might be a better choice.

The difference between a regular tie and an extra-long one is three to four inches. Regular-length ties are normally 58/59 inches, whereas extra-long ones are usually 61/62 inches long.

As a rule of thumb, take your height in inches, and add your necksize in inches to it. If the number exceeds 91 inches you are better off with XL neckties.

Necktie Length

As a general rule for all tie knots, the widest part of your tie should hang roughly at the same height as the upper edge of your leather belt, with the tie’s tip extending slightly below it. The tip of the narrow end would then hang wherever it may.

If you run into problems trying to get the length right with either the Windsor Knot or the Half Windsor Knot, try to let the wide end hang down as far as possible in step 1 of the instructions for these knots, so that when you cross the wide end over the narrow end, you can barely hold on to the narrow end. That will give you more length once you have eventually tied the knot.

However, it might also be the case that you are using regular length ties when extra-long ties might be a better choice.

How to tie a ‘Bow Tie’

The Bow Tie Knot is used to tie a bow tie and is worn to give you a formal and elegant appearance. A “black tie occasion” such as a wedding is an event that you would commonly wear a bow tie at, along with a tuxedo.

The proper size should never be broader than the widest part of your neck and should never extend past the tips of the shirt collar.

To tie the Bow Tie Knot, select a bow tie of your choice and stand in front of a mirror. Then simply follow the steps below:

1) Place the bow tie around your neck, situating it so that end “A” is about two inches longer than end “B”.
2) Cross end “A” over end “B”.
3) Bring end “A” up and under the loop.
4) Now double end “B” over itself to form the front base loop of the bow tie.
5) Loop end “A” over the center of the loop you just formed.
6) Holding everything in place, double end “A” back on itself and poke it through the loop behind the bow tie.
7) Adjust the bow tie by tugging at the ends of it and straightening the center knot.

And that is how it is done! Simply keep practicing the Bow Tie Knot a few more times now to let your new knowledge sink in.

how to tie a bow tie

How to tie the ‘Pratt or Shelby Knot’

The Pratt Knot — also known as the Shelby Knot — is tidy and fairly wide, yet not as wide as the Windsor Knot. It is well suited for any dress shirt and somewhat wider neckties made from light to medium fabrics.

To tie the Pratt Knot, select a necktie of your choice and stand in front of a mirror. Then simply follow the steps below:

1) Start with the necktie inside out, with the wide end (“W”) on the right, extending about 12 inches below the narrow end (“N”) on the left.
2) Then cross the wide end under the narrow end.
3) Take the wide end over and under the narrow end.
4) Pull the loop down and tighten.
5) Then, take the wide end over to the right.
6) Pull the wide end up, behind the loop.
7) And finally, bring the wide end through the knot and tighten gently.

Awesome, you did it! Always remember that with any necktie knot — such as the Pratt Knot — a little practice is all it takes to become a real expert at tying your tie in no time.

how to tie the shelby or pratt tie knot

How to tie the ‘Windsor Knot’

The Windsor Knot is a thick, wide and triangular tie knot that projects confidence. It would therefore be your knot of choice for presentations, job interviews, courtroom appearances etc. It is best suited for spread collar shirts and it’s actually quite easy to do.

While just about everyone can use this tie knot to tie his tie, it looks especially well on men with longer necks as its wide form shortens the perceived height of the neck a little bit.

To tie the Windsor Knot, select a necktie of your choice and stand in front of a mirror. Then simply follow the steps below:

1) Start with the wide end (“W”) of your necktie on the right, extending about 12 inches below the narrow end (“N”) on the left.
2) Then cross the wide end over the narrow end.
3) Bring the wide end up through the loop between the collar and your tie.
4) Then bring the wide end back down.
5) Pull the wide end underneath the narrow end and to the right, back through the loop and to the right again so that the wide end is inside out.
6) Bring the wide end across the front from right to left.
7) Then pull the wide end up through the loop again.
8) Bring the wide end down through the knot in front.
9) And — using both hands — tighten the knot carefully and draw it up to the collar.

Congratulations, you did it! You see, it is not rocket science after all. Simply keep practicing the Windsor Knot a few more times until you can tie this necktie knot within less than two minutes.

How to tie the winsor tie knot

How to tie a ‘FOUR IN THE HAND KNOT’

The Four in Hand Knot makes for a narrow, more discreet and slightly irregular tie knot. It is best suited for a standard button-down shirt and works best with wide neckties made from heavy fabrics.

While this tie knot can be worn by anyone, it looks especially well on men with shorter necks as the knot’s rather narrow and elongated form stretches the perceived height of the neck a tiny bit.

To tie the Four in Hand Knot, select a necktie of your choice and stand in front of a mirror. Then simply follow the steps below:

1) Start with the wide end (“W”) of your necktie on the right, extending about 12 inches below the narrow end (“N”) on the left.
2) Then cross the wide end over the narrow end.
3) Turn the wide end back underneath the narrow end.
4) Continue by bringing the wide end back over in front of the narrow end again.
5) Then, pull the wide end up and through the loop around your neck.
6) Hold the front of the knot loosely with your index finger and bring the wide end down through the front loop.
7) At last, remove your finger and tighten the knot carefully to the collar by holding the narrow end and sliding the knot up.

That’s it! That is all there is to the Four in Hand Knot. You will quickly learn to tie this necktie knot in less and less time every time you practice it. Just keep going, my friend!

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