How to tie a tie
18th May 2015
The tie is a symbol of utter sophistication and, as such, comes with an iconic image. Rarely is a lawyer seen without a tie; as a vocation that embodies this image and looks to give an air of professionalism, the impression that a tie gives immediately puts clients at ease with a sense of security and gives colleagues a sense of their professional calibre.
So mastering the art of tying a tie is a vital skill to learn if you are speaking with specialist legal recruitment agencies about your next position. There are an incredibly vast number of ways to tie a tie from the simple ‘Simple’ or ‘Four-in-hand’ to the more adventurous ‘Eldredge’ or ‘Van Wijk’. Here we show you how to tie three essential styles for a variety of occasions, with advice from some of the world’s most respected tie makers and how to really make an impression at your next in-house lawyer job interview.
Founded in 1986 by Nicholas Charles Tyrwhitt Wheeler on the basis that he believed he could make a shirt ‘better than anybody else’ Charles Tyrwhitt is a truly superior tie maker. Based on the foundations of flawless design, quality and fit, all at a remarkable value, their ties are a cut above the rest.
They use only the finest silk, so their ties are perfect for taking you from the office to out of office drinks.
Here they have provided us with their exclusive advice on the art of tying a tie.
“As long as it is tied correctly, your tie is the place where you can get away with bright colours and patterns, while still looking every bit the professional. A quality tie will make the best knot, which should not slip all day. We pledge allegiance to the four-in-hand, finished with the perfect dimple.”
Next to showcasing their impeccable ties, their website also has a whole host of tips and advice for tying ties, because they wouldn’t want their beautiful collection to be tied incorrectly.
Sometimes referred to as the ‘schoolboy knot’ the four-in-hand is simple yet iconic. There are some arguments that claim that the name came from the Four-in-Hand Driving Club that was established in London in 1856, and that many of the members adopted this way of wearing a tie. Slightly asymmetrical in style, it is rarely worn for formal occasions, but its simplicity means that it is often seen for everyday smart wear.
The bow tie
The Charles Tyrwhitt bow tie masterclass illustrates the art of tying a true classic. An icon of Sir Winston Churchill, the bow tie is one knot that all tie wearers need to get right. The bow tie originated during the Prussian wars of the 17th century among Croatian mercenaries, where the soldiers used scarves around the neck to hold the opening of their shirts. Thankfully the bow tie has come a long way since the 17th century and today’s bow ties are more associated with balls and awards nights than with battle.
The half Windsor
The final tutorial that Charles Tyrwhitt has provided their customers is the half Windsor. Slightly smaller and less bulky than its big brother the Windsor knot, the half Windsor, as its name may suggest, is half the method of the Windsor knot. With this knot you only bring the tie up and around the loop on one side, rather than both.
Another fine tie maker is the traditional and historic Peckham Rye company. With 200 years of fine tailoring heritage and a name that is cockney rhyming slang for ‘tie’, you can trust that they produce the very best neckwear. Steeped in London history, Peckham Rye has been trusted by royalty and celebrities with this iconic piece of formalwear and have been maintaining all the traditions, craft and styling of the true London cut throughout the generations of their brand.
Here is what they had to say about the legal profession’s need for a great tie – they are certainly the company to turn to should you get attached to your tie and ever be in need of a new one!
“From experience we have found those engaged in the legal world tend to be more superstitious than most would give them credit for, and we have had emails in on many an occasion from solicitors saying “I’ve lost my lucky tie, can I still get the xyz.”
Similarly, Marwood London is a superior tie maker that take their silks incredibly seriously and offer their clientele only the finest products. Their lace ties are one of their iconic products that are instantaneously recognisable as Marwood and are produced with a specialist cotton English lace called Leavers Lace.
They also have a strong celebrity following, as shown in the below image from Cluny Lace's Facebook account of Sir Ian McKellan wearing their Marwood crest lace noir tie to the premiere of the Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in December last year.
The below image shows a shot taken from their Spring Summer 2015 collection with English gardener John Tebbs, of The Garden Edit, modelling.
For more traditional and adventurous knots see this infographic from ties.com covering everything from the Kelvin to the Pratt.
Image Credit: Charles Tyrwhitt, Peckham Rye, Marwood - Ari Lago on gardener John Tebbs