A dash of sprezzatura on your necktie knots

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A dash of sprezzatura on your necktie knots


Last December, we had the honour to publish an article on the Philosophy of Michael Drake, founder of formidable “Drakes of London”. The affable Michael had given us advice on how to tie neckties. It had surprised, not to say baffled, a few readers. Here is an excerpt:

“Most importantly, do NOT use the loop (the “keeper”) behind the rear apron to slip in the front apron. Keep your allure a bit aloof and remember to expose the tail once in a while: it is perfectly acceptable. Think Duke of Windsor or Gianni Agnelli instead of banker with a stiff necktie that looks flat ironed.

Also quite telling is the length of the necktie. In a perfect world, the tip should graze the top of the belt and both front and rear aprons should be of equal length. If this is not possible, it is clearly preferable that the rear apron (the blade) would be slightly longer than the front.

This decidedly iconoclast last statement even led some readers to suggest (in good faith) that something had obviously been a lost in translation (for the French website). The rear blade longer than the front! By George! But Michael himself confirmed his advice on a comment posted directly on PG.

Well, a few days ago, I gave in to a hint of rebellious daringness and decided to follow his advice. I was surprised that this way of tying my necktie gave my outfit a bit more soul, which I quite liked.

I am not Italian and I prefer the British understatement, so I started cautiously by experimenting with this twist with a double breasted suit. Then, I took it one step further under a single breasted suit…

And I must admit that the result, if you are comfortable with it, is rather convincing…

Today, I will share with you a most interesting video published by GQ Magazine to confirm that yes, this slightly nonchalant way of wearing the necktie is indeed quite elegant. It teaches that the success of this twist depends on two factors:

– The necktie must be thick enough

– The knot must not be the classic four-in-hand but the double four-in-hand: simply wrap it around twice instead of one.

Here is the link to this very interesting video: KNOT IT LIKE AN ITALIAN.

I recommend you try it if you feel so inclined. Once in a while, it is good to add a slight dash of sprezzatura to your ensembles.

Personally, I am on my way to becoming an adept…

Cheers, HUGO