As we write this, the 2012-2013 NFL playoffs have just gotten underway. During the next several weeks, NFL studio analysts will take over sports television, which means you can expect an all-out blitz of aggressive tie knots.
We recently huddled up with Michael Barkin, Director of Sales at Trunk Club, and asked him to name his top three knots. Not surprisingly, he picked a trio of trend-proof classics: the four-in-hand, the half-Windsor, and the full Windsor.
In the following videos, Michael breaks down the X’s and O’s behind each one.
“The four-in-hand,” Michael says, is the most common knot and the easiest to tie. It’s considered the most casual, and without a doubt it’s what you’ll see most often in the corporate world.”
In terms of both dress and complexity, the half-Windsor fits between the four-in-hand and full Windsor. Michael says, “Fashion heads and those who prefer a chunkier knot favor this approach. It’s most common on gents between 25 and 45, for virtually any occasion.”
The full Windsor is the most formal and ties the largest knot. “This one takes the most time,” Michael says, “so if you get dressed in the dark, it isn’t for you. Think celebratory affairs and any time you want to feel like a duke.”