Tying The Knot
When Groom first opened its doors in 1994 the groom’s choice of neckwear was, to say the least, limited. Today your choice is almost unlimited, in terms of colour, and you even have multiple styles of cravat and tie to choose from.
The cravat is the forerunner of the modern tie, and was originally a part of the 17th century Croatian military uniform. Adopted by the French it wasn’t long before the cravat crossed to British shores and our fashion-conscious upper classes quickly dumped the old-fashioned ruffs and so began a long love-affair with the cravat.
By the late 18th century, there were so many different ways to tie the cravat that the manner of a man’s knotting became indicative of his taste and style!
There are two ways to tie a cravat. The traditional way is to simply wrap it carefully round the neck once and create a smooth front, fixed with a tie pin. Most grooms however prefer the ‘scrunch’ tie, where a cravat is tied in a Half Windsor, or Simple tie knot. This makes the fabric ruche up, creating texture and depth.
Should you choose to have a tie rather than a cravat, your decision making isn’t over yet!
There are many, many knots to consider for the tie, but the most straightforward are the four-in-hand knot (also known as the Half Windsor, Simple or Schoolboy knot) and the Windsor knot.
The first is the one we all know from our school days and for many of us it’s the knot we tie before setting off for work each day.
The Windsor knot is a fatter, wider version of the four-in-hand, created by repeating the final two steps of the process. The Windsor is especially suited for a spread or cutaway collar that can properly accommodate a larger knot.
Whichever version of the tie you prefer, one thing is key to its success – the quality of the knot! But don’t worry, we’re experts and by the time your wedding day arrives, we’ll make sure that you and all your party are too.