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Still don't know how to pair tie knots and collar? Try this.

There are a lot of things that we don’t know, but what we do know is that coordinating your necktie knot with your shirt collar is something that every man should do. This concept seems simple enough; however, most men are unaware of this fact or only know one way to knot a necktie. Below are a few of the most common shirt collar types and we’ve highlighted the knots that look best with each.

Wide-Spread & Cutaway Collars

These collar types are wide, especially the cutaway collar. This allows room for you to be more creative with both the look and size of your knot. Large, triangular shaped knots look best with these types of collars. The Windsor knot is perfect for these wide collars. Although more difficult to master, the Windsor knot is increasing in popularity and ideal for wide collars due to its symmetrical, large triangular shape.

Button-Down Collars

Button-down collars are found on a variety of different shirts, which gives you freedom to play with the color and material of your necktie. However, button-down colors are restrictive and are not the best collar choice for large, elaborate knots. When wearing a button-down collar it’s best to use with the Four-in-Hand because its knot is small and will fit nicely within the collar gap.

Straight Point Collars

Straight point collars are the most common and popular type of collar in men’s fashion. This collar type has a medium spread and allows for some versatility with knot styles. The Four-in-Hand, Half-Windsor and Plain knots all pair well with this shirt collar type.


Men’s fashion is all about proportions. It is important to keep this in mind when pairing your tie knot to the collar of your shirt. Matching your necktie knot with the collar of your shirt is crucial and key for effortless style. Have more questions? Our friends over at Alabaster & Chess have elaborated on this topic with a nifty Collar & Knot style guide.

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