What Knot to Wear

Bill Clinton, David Beckham, Jay-Z, and Prince Michael of Kent walk into a bar…

Actually, why even try to finish that joke when the title of this blog is already so clever. It’s based on an article I wrote for the Financial Times noting the recent resurgence of thick tie knots. While big, thick knots have been the norm in Italy for the past few years, the trend has slowly crept stateside. It was something I noticed but didn’t feel the need to write about until I saw Bill Clinton stumping for Hillary with a giant orange knot under his giant red face. Given the absolute lack of personal expression in most politicians’ wardrobe choices — navy suit, white shirt, red tie anyone? — it struck me as something worth investigating. You can read the article in full here.  

How
to
tie
it

The
fashionably
fat
tie
knot
can
be
achieved
in
two
ways.
The
first, and
easiest,
is
to
buy
a
tie
constructed
of
a
thicker
material.
The second,
opting
for
the
full
Windsor
tie
knot,
might
require
a
bit
of practice.

Here’s how: Drape
the
tie
round
your
neck
so
that
the
wider
blade
of the
tie
is
about
a
foot
longer
than
the
narrow
blade.

Loop
the
wider
blade
under
the
narrow
blade
on
your
right
side.
Slide the
wider
blade
under
the
narrow
end.
Bring
the
wider
blade
over
the knot
and
under
the
narrow
part
on
the
right
side
of
your
neck.

Pull
the
wide
end
down
and
cross
it
over
the
narrow
blade.
Bring
the wider
blade
under
the
narrower
part
of
the
tie
on
the
left
side
of
your
neck,
then
slide
the
wider
blade
tip
through
the
knot.
Pull
the
wider blade
down.
Tighten
the
knot
snugly
against
your
neck.

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