Tonight is that very special occasion. You want to look perfect, but you have a lot of choices to make. How formal do you want to look? Are you going to be wearing your full suit, or will you ditch the jacket? Another critical question that many men forget to ask though is “does my tie knot matches my shirt collar?”
Without the perfect pairing, your tie can look over- or underwhelmed by your shirt collar and spoil your outfit. Quick tip, your tie has to fit the spread of your collar. Small spreads go with small knots; while wide spreads go with wide knots. Simple, isn’t it? So, now that you know the key secret for matching tie knots with shirt collars, let’s look at specific tie knots and their best collar matches:
The Windsor Knot
The Windsor is a very classic and formal knot. It has a triangular shape and is easy to master. It looks nicer when done with a broader tie, and long enough for the double wrapping that it is required.
The Windsor knot is wide and looks best on tall men with wide necks. Therefore, you should match with wide spreads, such as the cutaway and deep cutaway. This knot also goes well with semi-spread or medium spread collars.
The Half Windsor Knot
The younger brother of the Windsor; the Half Windsor is a slightly smaller, but still a very charming option. Opposite to the Windsor, you can use a more conventional tie size for this knot.
The Four-In-Hand Knot
The Four-in-hand is a classic, English knot. This knot is small and straightforward; if you practice enough, you can do it with one hand behind your back. It has an elongated triangular shape and can be done with any tie.
The four-in-hand is smaller than the Windsor knots and works well on men with round and square faces. It looks great with small spread collars, like point or button down collars. It also looks great with a tab and club collar. When wearing this knot with a club collar, add on a pin collar to complete the look; this 1920’s style is considered charming and very formal nowadays.
The Pratt Knot
Also know as the Shelby Knot, the Pratt knot is a young version of the four-in-hand knot. But is resembles the windsor knot as it is bulkier than a four-in-hand.
These are the most common tie knots, but they are not the only ones. If you want a unique knot, there are plenty all over the web. We have listed some for you here; we call them Eye-catching Tie Knots.
Different Types of Eye-Catching Tie Knots
If you are looking for a fab way to spice up your collar and tie combination, many eye-catching knots can boost your style sky-high. Most eye-catching knots are wider and thicker than your standard knot, so when wearing one go for a widespread collar. Also, remember to balance your outfit, these knots will attract a lot of attention, so go easy when picking out a shirt and suit to go with it.
Braided Tie Knots
Braided tie knots are a whole line of braided knots, such as the Rose, the Fishbone, and the Trinity knot. These look very elegant and intricate, giving your outfit a fabulous new accessory with minimal effort. You will need long ties for these looks.
Twisted Tie Knots
Twisted knots, as the name suggests, give a twisted look to your tie. Some knots included in this type are the Van Wijk, the Hourglass, and the Cape knot. These also require a long tie due to the amount of wrapping required, but it looks great with broad ties made with thin materials.
Bold Tie Knots
Bold knots are variations on the Windsor knot. The Plattsburgh, the Balthus, and the Atlantic (reversed Pratt knot) knots are great examples of this look. Try them out with thick fabrics, like wool.
Unique Tie Knots
If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind knot that will blow everyone’s minds, check out the Four Rings, the Onassis, the Eldredge or the Linwood Taurus knots. These are difficult to master, but they will always make you the talk of the party.
Where to Find Great Shirts and Ties?
- Armani: Armani is known for its fabulous fashions and high-quality items. Although can get pricey, an excellent tie that will last for many, many years is worth the investment. They also have a variety of collared shirts.
- Polo Ralph Lauren: Known for its classic cuts, Ralph Lauren is a great brand. You won’t find too many crazy patterns here, just high-quality items for mid-range prices in traditional colors and styles.
- Banana Republic: Great cuts and styles for great prices, Banana Republic is a great brand for straight sizes, fun patterns and colors.
Matching Your Tie Knot and Collar Can Elevate Your Look to a Whole New Level
When you want to look perfect for your next big date or event, every detail matters. Picking the right accessories or matching the right color to your ensemble can make the difference between looking amazing or looking okay. So make sure that your collar matches up perfectly with your tie knot. Just remember that small spreads go with small knots, while large spreads go with large knots, and you will be fine. The tricky bit is choosing a tie knot with so many options available.