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Knotty affair- Choose the right knot for your tie to look confident at any occasion

Jul 3, 2018

It is often said that style makes you different while fashion is what makes you the same, and the saying couldn’t have been more right. And who said men’s fashion can’t be interesting? More and more men are turning to fashion to express their personality and taking an interest in how their style evolves. With NEXA Lifestyle guiding you on how to always create and inspire your style, putting together a good outfit is no trouble whatsoever.

Accessories can really help with upping your style, if worn the right way. And when it comes to ties, knowing a bit about where it comes from can show you why they are so important. King Louis XIV liked the cravat that Croatian mercenaries wore to denote who they were, so much so that he started wearing one himself--in fact, he insisted on tying his own! Kings and men of power and influence have influenced fashion and style for centuries, and in the case of ties, even more so.

Let’s take a look at the different tie knots and when they should be worn. A word of caution, keep in mind that ties made of thicker material should be used for smaller knots, and vice versa.

Four-in-Hand

When in doubt, go with the Four-in-Hand. Possibly one of the most versatile knots, the four-in-hand tie knot is so popular because it is suitable no matter the tie or the occasion. It can exude an air of ease or sophistication, depending on what you pair this tie knot with. As far as tying goes, the four-in-hand requires an extra loop around the skinny end, so it provides you with a little more bulk and heft, and is a touch more elongated as well.

Full Windsor

Inspired by the Duke of Windsor’s large tie knot, the Full Windsor is perfect for formal events that creates a neat, symmetrical triangle. The most important thing here is to ensure that you get your proportions right. Wear this with a spread collar, and remember to use a broader tie.

The Trinity Knot

For the truly adventurous, here comes the Trinity or the Triquetra knot. Drawing heavily from Celtic knot work, the trinity knot looks like a triangle that is symmetrical on all sides. We suggest doing this with a solid coloured tie, since a pattern will take away attention from the elaborate loop. Also, you must remember to use a thinner tie for this, since it’s a very bulky knot, and will look too hefty if done with a tie that is made of a thick material. You should also try and avoid this in a professional or business setting, since it’s a pretty flamboyant knot.

Eldredge Knot

The Eldredge knot, also known as the fishbone knot, is one of the most complex knots ever. However, if you manage to get this right, you will definitely be the one that catches everybody’s eye! Created by Jeffrey Eldredge in 2007, this knot forms a tapered end, and looks like a fishtail braid. A truly unique knot, the Eldredge knot uses the small end of the tie as the active end. Wear this somewhere you’d like to really make your appearance unforgettable!

Putting Everything Together

The Eldredge knot, also known as the fishbone knot, is one of the most complex knots ever. However, if you manage to get this right, you will definitely be the one that catches everybody’s eye! Created by Jeffrey Eldredge in 2007, this knot forms a tapered end, and looks like a fishtail braid. A truly unique knot, the Eldredge knot uses the small end of the tie as the active end. Wear this somewhere you’d like to really make your appearance unforgettable!

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