Here at ESM we have a tendency to spend a lot of time thinking about things like tie knots and proportion.
(Editor’s Note: Men’s tie knots and the proportion of those knots. Pervs.)
We realize that many of you probably only know one or two knots by heart, and that some of you even keep your ties tied and just slide them on and off.
Shame on you if you’re in the latter group.
To take some of the pressure off the next time you’re putting silk to shirt we’ve come up with this handy flow chart that will help you decide whether you should go for a hipster-ish loose four-in-hand or a small, tidy Pratt.
Granted, a flowchart couldn’t possibly cover every single circumstance or knot, so this should not be taken as the gospel of gentlemanly knotting; rather, we’d have you think of this as a base line.
The Merovingian is completely optional.