There are many ways to tie a tie, but the three main ways of doing it shall be discussed below. No matter which method is being used, the criteria to have a good knot are based on the size of the knot against the dress shirts collar size and how snugly fit the knot is between the collar points.
The three popular methods of tying a tie would be four-in-hand (the most popular), the Windsor, and the half-Windsor.
The most common way to tie a tie for decades is the four-in-hand probably due to the easier way of executing the knot. There is a slight asymmetrical appearance for the four-in-hand that gives it a less formal appeal.
The smaller and narrower triangle knot created fits into almost all types of collars like the straight-point, tab or even the pin collars. The only collars not suitable would be the spread or wide spread collars.
There is a common problem faced by most inexperienced men tying the four-in-hand would be missing the V-shaped triangular knot as well as creating a distorted knotting eventually.
The trick in arriving one nice V-shape knot with a dimple is to have it tightly knotted. When passing the top blade into the partially formed knot, hold the top blade on both edges and then pulling it down gently until the top blade starts to tighten and has a slight convex close to the knot.
Using your thumb and forefinger to press the bottom of the knot into a V-shape and the convex will deepen to form the dimple. Then continue to lift the knot up to your collar by using on hand to pull the bottom blade while the other hand holding on to the knot.
Generally, in order to succeed to tie a tie this way, the hand of the fabric (explained in the details of ties) is very important. Heavier hand ties will take into V-shape knot and the dimple very easily and with style. Those lighter hand ties will do better with the Windsor or half-Windsor to create a fuller knot.
This knot is named after the Duke of Windsor who popularized it. Generally to tie a tie this way would preferably for suits with wider lapels or dress shirt collars that are wide spread.
The Windsor has a tendency to create larger triangular shaped knots. The knot will also be more symmetrical with more horizontal geometry.
However, Windsor is not suitable for heavier hand ties since it would lead to really huge knots. The thin or light hand ties would definitely benefit in getting better V-shaped knots with a Windsor.
This is a version that is half of the Windsor as suggested by its name. It would be considered as in-between in the size of the knot compared to both the Windsor and four-in-hand. The types of collars suitable for the Half-Windsor would be spread collars as well as wide spread depending on the hand of the tie.
Pratt (Shelby) Knot
This is close to the half-Windsor and my preferred way to tie a tie compared to the half-Windsor.
The tying method is simpler and has an easier way to create the dimple. The tie will also be more symmetrical like that of a Windsor but with a size knot of the half-Windsor.
Learn how to collect autographs from celebrities and famous people for almost nothing!
Ever wanted your favorite movie and TV star's autograph? How about your favorite author? Or sports personality? Here's a little secret: autographs of public personalities are quite easy obtained! All you need is some stationery, some postage and a few addresses. And it's a relatively cheap hobby to take up, too.
Most celebrities - actors and actresses, authors, sports personalities, politicians and other people in the public light - oblige through-the-mail autograph requests as a part of their public relations. In most cases, they will provide a signed photo of themselves or sign items you send them.
The first thing you'd want to do is find the addresses of celebrities whose autographs you want to collect. You can find mailing addresses of actors and actresses care of their agents or their show (you can find the address in the rolling credits at the end of the show). If you know of celebrities who are currently in town you could send a request care of their hotel or the theatre/stadium they are acting/playing in. Requests can be sent to authors through their publishers, and politicians generally have their mailing address well publicized. The best place to get celebrity addresses, however, is the Internet - there are a lot of sites online that feature autograph collecting and good addresses to send to. www.autographcentral.com is a good starting point for address lists.
Your through-the-mail requests should include your request letter, any items for signing and a SASE. Your request letter should at all times be polite, neat and short - no more than one typed or handwritten page. Also, it's good to be sincere when making your request - it helps to write about the celebrity's achievements. Your letter should make it very clear that you are requesting an autograph. You could include with your request a photograph or index cards you would like the celebrity to sign. Remember that at no time is the celebrity obligated to send you an autograph, although most of them do. Tools of the Trade
Autograph collecting is relatively cheap; a lot of the money you spend will be on stationery. For starters, you will need 9" by 12" envelopes for your SASEs. These should have your address as both the addressee and the sender. It helps if you mark clearly on the corner the words "DO NOT BEND" so whatever sent to you doesn't get mishandled. Of course, you need envelopes large enough to contain the SASEs and request letter. Business-sized envelopes are recommended - the SASEs can be folded. Lastly, you need the required postage on the SASE. If you don't have the same kind of postage from the celebrity because you live in a different countries, try getting International Reply Coupons (IRCs) from your post office. These coupons can be exchanged for postage of equivalent value internationally. Building the collection
Depending on how many and how frequent you send requests, you could get successful replies as early as two weeks to maybe a year. For most part, you should get authentic, sometimes even personalized, autographs through the mail. Be prepared, however, for unsuccessful replies; some of your requests might get rejected or be unreplied. The key to this hobby is to send requests frequently and regularly to ensure a steady stream of requests coming in.
You might want to start carefully filing and storing your autographs or frames them from display. Generally, you should keep them in a cool, dry place, filing them in clear pockets; if you plan to frame them and display them, remember that the images tend to fade in sunlight and time.
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