Why choosing made to measure over designer labels should be your preferred choice

The question of the day for you is this – what are designer labels to you? Are they a form of telling you that this is guaranteed quality, a form of branding yourself, or what is the reason for you to choose designer labels when purchasing suits and other custom-tailored garments?

If you have ever been in the dilemma of liking a stylish designer suit, which then doesn’t fit very well after all, it perhaps leaves you wondering whether you should go for style or for comfort. Is that right? Many clothes lovers, constant wardrobe upgraders and fashion fanatics on limited budgets would go for style and sacrifice comfort. Would you, too?

Did you know that with a made to measure suit, you can actually achieve both, and combine the best of both worlds? You don’t need to sacrifice the former with the latter or the other way around. What is even better, it can be done a lot cheaper than with the top brands.

Yes, bespoke suits are the answer when it comes to achieving style and comfort. Bespoke suits are handmade with an eye for detail and your personal style preferences in mind. With prices like ours at Exclusive Tailor, you won’t ever need to even look for other alternatives. Compared with a high-street designer, bespoke suits offer a fantastic value for both Gents and Ladies.

Undoubtedly, a bespoke suit will also last you many more years than an off the peg item – whether it will last a lifetime will depend on how well you look after it, whether you buy additional pairs of trousers (as these will show signs of wear long before the jacket does) and your own changing body shape (something beyond a tailor’s control).
In order to prolong the lifetime of your suit, stick to the classic options such as using a block colour like for example charcoal or navy blue and a more conservative cut for the blazer, a two- or three-button option and you’ll be assured a stylish outfit lasting potentially a lifetime. You can still add your personality with details such as the lining, buttons, pockets, etc.

To find out more about owning a bespoke suit and how the process works please get in touch with us here.

Remember, that at we also offer a personal tailoring service at Exclusive Tailor, meaning that we do frequent overseas tours to take measurements of our clients during individual meetings. Here we will bring the latest styles and materials with us and guide you through the choices, taking your preferred use and style into account. This adds to your convenience and you don’t need to take time out from your busy schedule anymore. To know more about our overseas tours, please visit us here!


The origins of style a history of the gentlemans true friend the waistcoat

The origins of style – a history of the gentlemans true friend – the waistcoat

Nothing better than wearing a waistcoat to work, or the networking events and dinners you’re invited to. Isn’t that right? We couldn’t agree more.
Other people may ask themselves “Who still wears waistcoats? Are they still in style? I thought this was a thing from the past!”
Although you perhaps don’t see them every day, they are still very much in style today. But where do they come from? Who came up with this idea of crafting a “vest” for Gents? What is its purpose? Let’s go through it one by one here, so you have an educated knowledge about this fashionitem, when you are planning to upgrade your wardrobe the next time.
Unlike most garments or fashion accessories that are out there to choose between, the origins of the Western waistcoat can actually be dated quite precisely to one man – and that is the English King Charles II. In October 1666 this royal gentleman decreed the waistcoat to be part of an Englishman’s correct dress and a style tradition was born.

The idea for the waistcoat had not been a new one up until that point, as it was based very closely on designs seen previously in Persia and in India, but it was the first time it was decreed to be the chosen dresscode to go by.
The waistcoat’s arrival in England, however, immediately made history, as the occasion was marked by an entry in the most famous historical diary of all time, that of Samuel Pepys: “The King hath yesterday declared his resolution of setting a fashion for clothes which he will never alter. It will be a vest, I know not well how.” Note the original term “vest” (still favoured in America). Over time it became known as a waistcoat for the simple reason that it reached the waist and no further (unlike the formal dress coats worn on top of them, which would reach down to the knee). Interestingly, it was thought for some time that the name waistcoat was derived from the fact that garment was originally made from excess material that would otherwise have gone to ‘waste’. This, however, was nonsense.

Originally, during the 17th and 18th centuries, the fashion in waistcoat was for highly ornate items in bright colours, but this gradually gave way to a much more informal and even puritanical style in the late 1700s and into the 19th century. Partly this was due to the international influence of the distinctly anti-aristocratic French Revolution in 1789.

From the 19th Century till date

From 1810 an onwards waistcoats became shorter still and became a much tighter fit, eventually almost doubling as an undergarment or a foundation garment, increasingly being used cosmetically, to streamline the fuller figure. When the corset became popular in the 1820s, waistcoats served to emphasise the fashion for the pinched waist and they often featured whalebone stiffeners of their own, as well as laces at the back and reinforced buttons at the front.
After 1850, this style changed somewhat and towards the end of the century, with the arrival of portly Edward VII, the waistcoat began to expand a little to suit the shape of its owner.

In the 20th century, the prevalence of the waistcoat and its significance as a status symbol began to wane. It became a much more functional item to round off a formal three-piece suit, its use as a place to store a snazzy pocket watch also falling by the wayside as the wristwatch came into its own.

Today, aside from persisting in more formal outfits, waistcoats have also taken on a life of their own in certain youth subcultures, being worn by indie kids or in steampunk circles, sometimes just with T-shirts or in the antithesis of their formal roots, sometimes even on their own.


Five fabrics for your bespoke suit

Materials 101: Five fabrics for your bespoke suit

At Exclusive Tailors you have a vast choice in materials, which can be a bit overwhelming at first. Our bespoke suits can be crafted from a selection of over 300 materials, with new collections being added (and replaced) constantly along the way, to always keep a range of stylish, fresh and up to date materials according to the different seasons and weather conditions around the globe. We therefore don’t blame any of our customers, if they’re feeling a bit drowsy, when they have a first glance on our material selection in-store. What we can guarantee you though is that you’ll end up with an educated choice, when you’re choosing a fabric for your next tailored garment from Exclusive Tailors, as we do take pride in providing all information necessary prior and after the purchase of our clients. We like to see ourself as a one-stop shop for style and wardrobe needs. That is also for those that are new to tailored clothing, those who are looking for a new style or a fit that works well with their body shape, activity level, usage and personal style.

To make things a little easier for you, who is not able to make it to our shop in Patong, Phuket, we’ve compiled this little guide about the most popular suit fabrics and their individual uses. Take a look and see which fabric would work best for you..

Wool

Wool has long been the most popular material with which to produce a tailored suit, and still remains so today. There are two distinct weaving techniques used in the production of wool suits, with worsted being the most common of the pair. Worsted suits employ combed wool fibres to produce a smooth finish, while woollens retain the loose fibres and thus boast a fluffier texture. Wool is comparatively cool, resistant to creasing and durable, making it ideal for use in tailored suits.

Cotton

Cotton is also a very common fabric when it comes to the production of tailored suits in the United States or Asia, but for some reason, never has caught on in Europe. Cotton ‘seersucker’ suits are lightweight and useful for summer wear – hence their popularity in the sweltering Southern States.
Seersucker suits are characterised by fine pinstripes and a distinctive bobbled texture, while the properties of cotton mean that even bespoke suits can be machine-washed.

Linen

Linen suits have had their more popular dates, when every gentleman would have had at least one linen summer suit stored away in his wardrobe. Linen has the advantage to be extremely lightweight and breathable, making it ideal for the summer months, but the material isn’t particularly practical for year-round use, which disqualifies it from being an all-year round suit, unless you live in hotter temperatures, like parts of Asia, Southern US and perhaps Spain, Portugal and of course Latin America.
Linen has a tendency to crease easily, and the lightweight fabric also means that rips and tears can be difficult to avoid.

Tweed

Tweed is more of an informal fabric for use in the manufacturing of bespoke suits, and is thus infrequently used in a business context. Tweed is a relatively thick and sturdy material – warmer than a standard wool suit – and comes in a variety of colours and patterns. Tweed is generally associated with gentle country pursuits and, while full tweed suits are rarely worn today, a bespoke tweed suit jacket can be an excellent addition to your informal wardrobe.

Silk

While silk is often used as a lining in tailored suit jackets, some suits can also be made from silk alone. Silk has a number of properties that makes it an excellent choice for a bespoke suit, with a natural lustre and supple movement making for an elegant garment.
Silk is a delicate material, however, and can be easily torn when wet, while the properties of the fabric means that silk suits can be quite clingy.

Each material comes with a range of advantages and disadvantages in the manufacture of bespoke suits, and depending on the intended purpose of your garment then different materials may be more suitable than other for your needs.

Contact us for a free style consultation, or take a look at our other blog topics for more information on the differences between tailored suits. Here you’ll find articles for both Ladies and Gents.


Fashion tips for men: Dressing according to your body shape

All of us gents have an independent body shape, which can be a blessing, a challenge or a burden. It can make off-the-rack shopping to a horrendous experience, a walk in the park or, we repeat – a challenge.
You’ve probably heard the terms hourglass figure, pear and apple shapes before, when talking about body shapes. While this is not a topic that is high on our gents priority list, when talking to the chaps at the local bar, this however can serve as an indicator for what type of shopping you should be doing, when the time comes for shopping clothes.

The struggle about fit

Men’s body shape is important when deciding what to buy and wear. Not all clothes work for everyone. As a tailor-shop, we know as well as anyone the importance of a well-fitting, flattering garment. This article will therefore take a look at how gents can dress to suit according to their shape, whether it’s for everyday use, fashion tips or if you’re planning to get a wedding outfit, where you of course want to look and feel great. Let’s get into the different body shapes and how you can use it to your advantage.

The inverted Triangle

If you’re one of those gents with broad shoulders and narrow hips, then we cheer you – you’re a guy with an inverted triangle body shape! This body shape is quite easy to dress, but to balance the shoulders out, you may wish to use detailing to your advantage. Same goes for wide legged trousers, to even out your heavier top half of your body. Opt for fitted or tapered shirts, so they don’t hang off you like boxy tents. Never opt for padded shoulders. Double-breasted suit jackets should be avoided too.

The rectangle

If you’re one of the gents with a rectangle body shape where your chest, hips, and shoulders are of a similar width, then suits with padded shoulders will work well for you. Paired with lighter suit colors, it will also give the impression of broad shoulders. Wearing slim trousers will further work to make you look less rectangular. Layering will add bulk to your shoulders and give your torso a more defined shape.

The triangle

Are you equipped with wider hips and narrow shoulders? You may not have been aware all this time but – you’re a triangle. You’re bulkier around your stomach and slimmer at your chest and shoulders. In order to dress for this body shape, you’ll want to use many of the same tricks we covered under the rectangle section, to make your shoulders appear bulkier than they actually are.
Clothes must be well fitted, but not too tight. Ill-fitting clothes on a triangle body shape will only emphasise the bulk around your stomach – not something you’ll want.

The Oval body shape

If you’ve one of those gents with a larger stomach and your body appears round, you’re an oval. No issues. With this body shape, to dress as an oval, you want to direct the attention of the eyes to your shoulders and chest instead – away from your stomach. Wear V-necks and vertical stripes to slim down your torso, and choose low-rise trousers that sit around your hips rather than your waist. Don’t bulk up your frame with too many layers, or wear exuberant patterned shirts – a mistake way too many gents do, when they try to cover up their wealth around the gut.

The trapezoid shape

The trapezoid body shape sounds like something taken out of the circus or mathclass, but is actually extremely similar to the inverted triangle, with a moderate width waist rather than a narrow waist. This body shape is the easiest of all to dress for, and provided your clothes fit you well, you can get away with wearing pretty much whatever you want – so feel free to experiment with your favourite colours and patterns.

At Exclusive Tailors we craft your suits from the the ground up, which takes your body shape, design preferences and personal style into account. Which these options and educated choices, you’ll be sure that your bespoke suit accommodates you perfectly according to your personal style, wearability and taste.

Book an appointment with us today to get started. Find more information on how to get in touch with us here!


Wedding suits for grooms

Wedding suits for grooms: Five considerations to make

The big day is fast approaching? Palms are getting sweaty? You’re probably getting all psyched up, yeah? That’s quite normal. Especially your bride to be is probably on your toes, making sure that you’re ready for the big day. Is that right? Good, because she’s ready, and let’s be honest from one gent to another – she’s probably planned this through for years in her mind already – so you better make sure to step up your game too. Of course you’re helping her with all the preparations there are, as the gentleman and good husband to be you are. Wise man. But what about your suit?

It’s your wedding too, you know

While the bride may be the star of the show on the wedding day, the groom is also expected to look his best. You don’t want to come slouching after your beautiful bride as a modern day Quasimodo, do you? A tailored suit is often the only answer to the formal demands of a wedding day, but as with the bride and her wedding dress, the groom must make many decisions about the style of his garments before the big day approaches. At Exclusive Tailor we’ll gladly help you through all of your design options in order to craft a perfect, reliable and trendy bespoke suit for your big day.
While we’re more than happy to explain the entire process to you during our appointments, it helps if you’ve already considered several factors prior to your first consultation. Especially if you’re not able to make it to Phuket for personal consultations, or while we’re in town on our personal tailor tours.

First consideration: The level of formality

Many gents think that 3-piece suits are the best choice for a wedding, but for a more formal event like your wedding, you may wish to consider a dinner suit or tuxedo instead. If you’re getting married abroad, in a warmer climate, you’ll instead want a suit made out of a lighter fabric, such as linen.
Depending on the chosen location for your wedding, we’ll be able to guide you through on the choices of material, pattern, weight and more, so the earlier you tell us about the location, the earlier we can give you style advice, so you won’t end up either freezing or sweating (neither is very charming if you’re in front of your bride, left alone the guests) on this important day.

Second consideration: Should it be made just for you?

It is not unusual that the best man wears a similar suit as you on your big day. Maybe also the father of the bride, or other guests needs a suit-upgrade. It is a good idea to ask around beforehand, so you can make sure to get matching styles, linings, materials and patterns. That will help you avoid awkward mismatches of colours and styles on wedding photos, or guests that are completely out of style and proportions in his chosen suit.
Gifting a bespoke suit to your best man for example, is perhaps the biggest thank you that you can give to him for having your back on your big day.

Third consideration: Your preferred style

A tailored suit is not just any suit. There are plenty of variations in style available to you. Your choices won’t only depend on the location and time of year of your wedding, but also your own preferences. If you have a preferred cut, let your tailor know (that’s us, right?). If you’re unsure which cut will work best for you, discuss options with your tailor. If you have a preferred pattern, let us know. If you have a favourite colour in mind, let us know.
The more you tell us about your preferences, the closer we get to create the perfect wedding suit for you. We then give our input, taking your body shape, activity level on the wedding day and other factors into account.

Fourth consideration: Do you see it as an investment?

Your bride isn’t likely to get to wear her wedding dress again, but grooms on the other hand have the opportunity to wear their wedding suit again, many more times, to all sorts of events and occasions. If you’re thinking of your suit as a longterm investment, consider choosing a colour, shade and style that can be worn in the office or for other formal events. This approach may seem somewhat unromantic, but a bespoke suit is such a high quality, well-fitted garment that it’s a shame to only wear it once.

Fifth consideration: The Accessories

Cufflinks, pocket squares, bowties, neckties, cravats, tie bars and buttonholes are commonly worn at weddings. If you’re struggling with what to choose, let us know during a consultation, or while talking to us on the phone.
We can definitely be of help with style advice to help you look your best on your very special day.

It’s never too early to get started with your preparations for the wedding day. Why not begin today by setting up an appointment for a consultation, or call us to clear up some of the doubts and questions you may have before starting the measurement process.

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Five outdated formal wear fashion trends for gents

Five outdated formal wear fashion trends for gents

Before we move onto other articles about suiting, shirting, style inspiration and fashion trends, let’s go back in history a bit, shall we? Why is this important you ask? Easy.
To know the present and future of style, one first of all needs to be informed about the style of the past (and what is not considered stylish anymore).
Fashion hasn’t just been around since yesterday, and time has changed. So has style. What was once in, has since been out – and in some cases it even made it back in style. Style and Fashion are rollercoasters that are not always easy to understand.
Are there any styles that are definitely out of fashion for good? You bet, or at least we hope so. This 5 formal wear fashions for men have once been smart and trendy – but are definitely a thing of the past.

Top hats

“Not the top hats! No! Those are in style!”, you may think, but no, not really. It could be that you’ll see a guy trying to give it a go, like a groom or best man, donning a hat at a wedding, but we think it is fair to say that top hats have vanished, for good. It’ll not become a new standard in a formal outfit again. They were once worn by all classes throughout the Victorian era, but have since come to be associated with wealth, the upper classes and magicians. The contemporary cousins of top hats – bowler hats – have faced a similarly swift decline.

Spats

Spats? Oh no! Not the spats! The what? Spats were originally designed to be buttoned up around the ankles and worn over the shoes, in order to protect them from rain and mud. They quickly became far more than a practical garment, however, evolving into a stylish accessory that was associated with the fashion of the late Victorian era. Spats also became associated with wealth. Today, you’ll only find spats at military parades with marching bands, so only gents with a present or past in that field are really aware of what Spats are. To most others, it was wasn’t even known till now, that there was even a thing called Spats.

Ruffs

Now, what are ruffs? Whilst it is very difficult to find a lace collar on men’s clothes today, chances are that centuries ago you couldn’t get away from finding lace in collars. Lace collars and cuffs were no longer enough – to be part of the sartorial and social elite from the mid 16th to mid 17th centuries. You needed to wear a ruff. These ruffles of fabric – worn around the neck – were favoured by men, women and children during the late Tudor and early Stuart periods. At their most extreme, ruffs were over a foot wide and had to be supported by a wire frame. Sure, they’d keep your neck warm, but we’re nevertheless glad that ruffs have been consigned to the history books.
Does this style need to come back, ever? We hope not.

Frock coats

Before you think: “Oh, but there are still frock coats. Those are still being used”, let’s stop you right there. The frock coat has undergone quite some surgery since their invention and are today commonly known as morning coats. Frock coats were a mainstay of men’s fashion from the 18th century through the beginning of the 20th century. They were seen as a basic part in military uniforms and were official court dress until the mid ‘30s. Frock coats were eventually usurped by morning coats – suits that had previously been seen as too informal to wear for formal occasions. George V signalled the end of the era of frock coats in 1926, when he wore a morning coat to the opening of a flower show. Goodbye frock coat. Thanks George V!

Wigs

Last, but not least, let’s tell you about wigs. Wigs are definitely out of fashion. Periwigs were the ridiculous looking, funny-looking creations that was worn by the elite in society in the 16th and 17th centuries. Famously worn by Charles II, Samuel Pepys and pretty much every other upper class gent during this time period, these wigs were initially used for a practical purpose – to tackle head lice. Sounds charming, doesn’t it?
Wigs could be more easily deloused that natural hair, so other than being a fashion trend, it also had practical reasons. The aristocracy adopted this craze eagerly, wearing wigs to cover bald patches.

Do you think that any of the above trends makes it back into Fashion?

We sure hope not, as we can’t see any of these above trends to add to the look of the modern, style-concerning gentleman.

To read other articles in our series, please visit our blog section. If you are looking for a bespoke suit that is definitely in trend, then contact us here to get in touch, so we can arrange an appointment.


When Can You Wear a Tailored Jacket with a T-shirt

When Can You Wear a Tailored Jacket with a T-shirt?

Alright, here is one for the smart casual readers among you. A question we’ve received frequently is as to when, how or if you should wear a tailored jacket with a T-shirt. The short answer to that is, well, it depends.

There are just a few factors that you should consider before donning that tailored jacket of yours over your T-shirt. Let’s go through them, and a few more style tips here.

The factors

1. What type of suit jacket are we talking about?

2. What type of T-Shirt are we talking about?

3. Where are you planning on wearing this?

 

The suit jacket type

First ask yourself, does it fit you? If no, then read no further. An ill fitting jacket can’t be worn with anything. Period.
The next thing you should ask yourself is whether the style is classic or not. Not classic as something made in the 1950’s or 1960’s, but rather timeless in its design. Think more of two or three button, single breasted, notched or peak lapels, pockets, etc. If it’s something taken from your best disco nights, when Saturday Night Fever was still a thing, then again, skip the idea.

Never wear any clothing that doesn’t fit you well. Not too large and never too tight.

A well fitting suit jacket should sit comfortably on your shoulders, allowing the wearer to move his arms back and forth easily. Nothing on your jacket should appear loose or baggy.

 

The type of T-Shirt

Now, let’s look at the T-Shirt. If you’re holding your favourite Star Wars- or funny T-Shirt in hand, put that right down again. Put it down. Seriously. What are you thinking?
The T-Shirt of your choice should rather be an unicoloured piece without emblems, stickers, buttons or….funny quotes and sayings. Leave that for the night out, or even better – leave it in your wardrobe for, well, later.

If you’re wearing a light coloured blazer or suit jacket, try to opt for a color that matches or adds contrast to the look. Depending on the weather you can make a qualified choice in terms of fabric. Is it cold? Opt for wool. Is it warm? Then Linen is a good option for you (same applies to suit jackets). Now, you’ll probably find a lot of mixes in fabrics, but try a few on to see how they feel.

One thing that you should always remember is that no matter how you dress it up – T-shirts will always remain informal. A good thing for some events, a no-go for other events (who said black-tie event?)

When to wear this look

Well, as we just wrote, the T-shirt and blazer look doesn’t go well everywhere. You can’t wear it to formal events, weddings, board meetings or networking events, but you can wear it at the office (on casual Fridays, or depending on the dresscode at your company), you can wear it after work, to still remain a stylish look – but you can also wear it for a night out, making your look playful, but still dapper.

Last, but not least – always wear this combination with confidence!

Quick tips to get you started

  • A jacket with a lot of structure or sharp angles is often better matched with similarly formal shirts and accessories
  • It doesn’t need to be trim
  • Make it fit. It doesn’t make much sense to wear a comfortable T-shirt with a suit jacket or blazer that you can barely button
  • Pick a decent T-Shirt. Choose a Linen blend shirt, a henley shirt or perhaps a striped one with just a hint of details, if plain coloured is too boring for you
  • Do never opt for a V-neck T-Shirt
  • Consider casual footwear to round up the look
  • Lastly, if the T-shirt reaches the hem of your jacket, you may want to tuck it in

What knot to wear - the right knot for the occasion

What knot to wear – the right knot for the occasion

A well-tailored suit is making you look dapper for every event you’re attending to, whether it is a wedding or formal event – but what would your suit be without the right tie to round up your look?
This, or in some cases a pocket square, is what makes the transition from smart to stylish.

Let’s go through the different options you have when it comes to ties, the different types, the knot variations.
With this in hand you’re prepared for just every occasion that you are invited or attending to.

The different types of ties

There are quite numerous varieties of ties one can wear with a custom-tailored suit. Here a short list of the most popular and commonly worn.

Bow tie – The bow tie is an old favourite and has been with us since the 17th century. Today, you can either purchase ‘freestyle’ bow ties where you must tie the bow yourself, ready tied varieties that attach to your collar using   band and clip-ons that dispense with the band altogether. Bow ties are considered more formal than standard neckties, and are best employed at weddings, dinner parties and formal drinks events.

Necktie – The necktie is the current most popular item to be worn with suits in both formal or more informal environments, although the history of the garment dates back to the early 17th century where it was first worn by Croatian mercenaries. Neckties can be worn in a number of different styles and tied in numerous ways, making them popular for work, business and social events.

Skinny – The skinny tie is a variation of the standard necktie, and first became popular during the mod years of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Skinny ties have narrower bands than the standard variety and rarely taper along the length. Skinny ties are suitable for informal occasions but not for more formal environments such as a wedding.

Cravat – The Cravat is a form of folded handkerchief, often fashioned in silk, worn around the neck of a tailored suit. Cravats have fluctuated in and out of fashion since first rising to prominence in 1660, enjoying a renaissance in Victorian England and again during the ‘60s. Through cravats aren’t often worn today, they can prove a stylish informal addition to a well-cut tailored suit.

The different knot types

For bow ties there basically is only one type of knot that you can knot. For neckties however, there are quite a lot of options when it comes to knot types, so we’ll again just mention the most common (and most used) choices.

Four-in-hand – The four-in-hand knot is the simplest of all the necktie knots to master – you may even have employed this technique during your school days! Make sure that you always centre the knot once you’re done and ensure that the knot is the right size: not too big, not too small.

Windsor – The Windsor is a more complex knot than many alternatives, but makes up for it by appearing elegant and sophisticated when executed correctly. A slightly more formal look than a four-in-hand knot, the Windsor knot should appear broader than its equivalent, forming a visible crease in the top of the tie itself.

Half Windsor – The half Windsor is known as the Windsor’s ‘little brother,’ and with good reason. Both easier to tie and producing a daintier knot than the Windsor, the half Windsor is ideal for ties of a lighter fabric.

When to wear which

There’s a know for every occasion, so let’s describe when to wear the four-in-hand, the windsor and the half windsor.

The four-in-hand knot

A common knot is the Four-in-Hand Knot, which is also the easiest. This knot is asymmetrical so it does not convey an overly formal appearance and due to its smaller and slightly elongated shape, it matches well on shirts with narrow spread collars or button down collar dress shirts. Typically, the four-in-hand knot goes best with skinny or medium-width ties and is usually preferred by tall men. Therefore, this knot is best for a dressy occasion that is not highly formal, such as parties or social outings.

The half Windsor knot

The second knot is the Half-Windsor Knot. The half-Windsor knot is a symmetrical knot that looks like an inverted triangle with the tip cut off that goes well on shirts with medium-width spread collars. Due to its versatility and requiring less of the tie-length for the knot, big and tall men prefer it on a regular basis. It is more formal than the four-in-hand knot and therefore worn on more formal events, such as job interviews and business meetings.

The full Windsor

The final knot is the Full-Windsor Knot. Full-Windsor knots go best with longer and wider ties. The shape of the full-Windsor is the same as that of the half-Windsor, but it is just larger than the half-Windsor. Since the full-Windsor is larger, it also appears highly formal and is usually worn with wide spread collar dress shirts and by men with larger necks. Full-Windsor knots go best at highly formal events, such as weddings or business meetings with highly important or powerful individuals.

Thanks to this brief guide you should now be an expert on ties – all you need now is a bespoke suit to match! Take a look at www.exclusivetailor.com for more information.

Look out for next weeks article, where we’ll describe which tie fits to the unique face type of different gents out there.