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It’s time we formally address tie knots.  People often associate a knowledge and aptitude in the art of tie tying a sign of a man’s style competence.  While this may be true, we see it as more of a party trick.  In no circumstance should a man ever wear a full Windsor knot (we’re looking at you, Michael Irving) or, God forbid, the Eldredge.

As far as we are concerned, the only tie knot a man ever needs to know is the four in hand.  Outside of the basic rules of proportion (though these should not be overlooked), the four in hand provides the perfect amount of asymmetry required for artful dishevelment and is easier to execute than tying a shoelace.  Any other knot carries too much TTH (Trying to Hard) baggage, which is never a good thing.

The beauty of a tie lies in the fabric.  The nicer the tie, the prettier the knot – it’s that simple.  Gussying up a crappy tie with a fancy knot is like building a house on a base of sand.  Be a man of substance – invest in quality and you will be rewarded. 

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