For grooms: Tie Vs Bow Tie – Part II

Greetings groom-to-be! Today we take a look at the art of wearing a necktie as a pro, so read on and you will look elegant and perfectly styled on your wedding day. If you missed Part I on bow ties, read it here.

There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your perfect tie. For example, what style of attire are you going for? What colour scheme? And finally, which type of a knot will you choose?

Let’s take a look first at types of necktie you can choose from:



Photo source: Tom Sawyer Waistcoats, London

A Cravat is a piece of fabric worn tied around the neck and usually tucked inside the shirt or waistcoat collar. Usually made from silk it comes in variety of colours and is a popular alternative to traditional Four-in-hand necktie. This quintessentially British accessory actually originated in Croatia and has been long associated with more conservative styling, however it has established itself in recent years as a chic way to accessorise and give a stylish edge to somewhat plain suits. For extra style points pair it with a pocket square and you will wow your bride and your wedding guests.

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This is the thinner, sexier sister of the traditional necktie which gives your outfit a slightly cooler air. Keep in mind to match your skinny tie to the lapels of the suit you are wearing! Skinny ties are best worn with narrow lapels as opposite will have you looking like you are wearing your little cousin’s tie. Skinny ties will also suit you better if you are on the taller, leaner side and for an extra touch, add a tie clip in simple polished silver or gold.

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Photo source: Skinny Ties




Smooth tie, Photo source: Toramon Neckties


Scrunch tie, Tom Sawyer Waistcoats

Still a firm favourite when it comes to groom attire. The traditional necktie is the easiest and most elegant choice to pull off on your wedding day and gives you the most freedom as to what you wear it with. Whether it is an extra formal or a more relaxed look you are going for, choosing this type of necktie will usually work fine. Pair it with a matching pocket square or mix and match your accessories for a bolder, edgier look. Traditional neckties come in such a large variety of colours and materials that there really is something for everyone out there. You can opt for a smooth style or try the scrunch tie, both come in self-tie (we prefer) or pre-tied versions. To help you choose your perfect knot, here is a quick description of the 3 knots every man should know:



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This is the easiest knot to master and creates a narrower, longer knot. It is also very useful for taller man working with regular length ties as it requires less tie length. Here’s the how:

  1. Start by holding the wider end of the tie on the right and the smaller end on the left. Hold the smaller end right above your belly-button
  2. Bring the wider end over the smaller to the left
  3. Now bring the wide end under the smaller end. The wide end is now again on your right side
  4. A loop has formed. Tuck the wide end of the tie around the back of the loop
  5. Continue by passing the wider end through the space between the tie and shirt collar
  6. Another loop has just formed. Continue passing the wider end down through the front of the loop
  7. Lastly, tighten the knot by pulling the wider end down. Slide the knot up and adjust it by using your left thumb and forefinger. Make sure the tip of the tie just skims the centre of your belt buckle
  8. Smile and stop sweating. You’ve done it!



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The most popular and versatile of tie knots, the Half Windsor is the perfect choice for medium-width or thick ties. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Start the same as above, wider end on your right and narrower on your left
  2. Cross the wide end in front of the narrow end. This gives you an X shape just below your chin
  3. Loop the wider end horizontally around and behind the thinner end
  4. Continue by taking the wider end over from the top and through the opening in the X we created in step 2
  5. Hold the wide end in your right hand. Wrap it in front and over the thin end, from right to left
  6. Bring the wide end towards your chest and pass it over the X shape from behind
  7. Use your left index finger and create space in the triangle that has now formed over the  X shape. Pass the wide end through the loop and pull it through
  8. Done! Hold the knot and pull down on the wide end until tout and then tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end again. Slide the knot up and adjust.



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Also known as the Double Windsor, this knot is great for wide spread collars and men with larger necks for its large, triangular shape. Keep in mind if you are taller that additional tie length is required for this knot. Here is how:

  1. Start as above
  2. Cross the wide end over the thinner one to create an X shape just below your chin
  3. Tuck the wide end up and beneath the loop around your neck, coming out point-upward behind the newly-formed X-shape
  4. Pull the wider end down all the way and make sure the X shape and the loop you just formed are tight
  5. Bring the wide end around behind the knot and pass it horizontally from right to left
  6. Flip the wide end upward and tug it diagonally across the front of the knot
  7. Loop the wider end over the top of the loop around your collar and bring it back down. Make sure you emerge to the left of the thin end. Now the wider end should be pointed downwards with seams facing out
  8. Bring the wide end horizontally across the front of the knot, from left to right. You should end up with the tip pointed to your right and the seam facing inward. This forms a horizontal band across the front of the knot
  9. Bring the wider end under the loop and around the collar with the tip aiming upward. Seams should again be facing out
  10. Turn the wider end down and slide the tip through the horizontal loop made in step 8
  11. Finish by pulling the wider end all the way down and smooth out any creases in the knot. Adjust by holding the knot with a thumb and forefinger while pulling down on the slim end with your other hand
  12. You deserve a drink, this is a perfect Windsor!


Would you like to see a tutorial on how to tie these knots? Let us know and we’ll help you out.

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