For nearly 100 years the House of Windsor has ruled over the scattered remains of the once great British Empire. Their rule has long been ceremonial, all the trappings of power without the practical ability to wield true power. Today it is public attention that they command more than anything else, and in no corner is that command as heeded as in the world fashion. For this family of fashistas is today’s knot, the Half Windsor (erroneously known to some as the Windsor), named.
The Half Windsor is an equilateral triangle, 3/4ths the size of the large Full Windsor (erroneously known as the Double Windsor). One of the most common of all knots, it is a long time personal favorite. Easy to tie, see the iPhone/iPad app How to Tie a Tie (free) or the Encyclopedia of Tie Knots. A formal knot, not for narrow collars, and all business. There is almost no wrong time to dawn the Half Windsor, and it should be your go-to conservative tie knot.
Here a light blue pinstripe shirt with a Raider’s striped tie. Ties and shirts rarely do or should match, generally they coordinate and complement (I do buy, or rather my wife buys my shirts with my ties or with some in mind, and so I do have lots of shirts and ties that ‘go together’). Every tie pops on a white shirt (a CLEAN white shirt), otherwise the goal is to not have your shirt and tie clash. When in doubt, ask your wife. Write that down.
Tie and Shirt by Banana Republic.