Ties - An insight

Ties - An insight

March 21, 2018

As offices get ever more casual, and as the trend slips towards wearing suits without ties, the question of whether to go open-necked or not becomes more and more important. The rules, however, are relatively simple and are all about gauging the situation.

If you are heading into a business meeting with a senior and more formal colleague, take your cues form him. If he's to be the man to promote you, he'll want someone he can relate to. By the same token, if this is a meeting with equals, you can perhaps afford to be more relaxed, as being tie-less suggests a more friendly, less fussy nature - a look which can dividends in a creative environment but can lose you marks in a more intense, business-orientated office.

There are some places, of course, where a tie is essential. Many traditional members' clubs insist on one, as do some of the calendar's social events - The Stewards' Enclosure at Henley, for example - and such rules must always be upheld.

Meanwhile, always remember that a tie can be both the making of a suit and an essential dash of flair as they will serve to draw another's eye.

Now lets move on to knots

Four in Hand

The look: Classic

Yes or No: Can leave your neck looking bare but will never be wrong.

Four in Hand Knot

Half Windsor

The look: Contemporary

Yes or No: perhaps the most useful know because it’s wide enough to fill a shirt collar without making you look like an estate agent.

Half Windsor Knot


The look: Footballer

Yes or No: ‘the mark of a cad,’ according to James Bond

Full Windsor Knot

Double Four in Hand

The look: Classic

Yes of No: A great alternative to the Four in Hand for those that need to shorten the tie a bit. Scotch and Rich’s recommended choice.

Double Four in Hand