Monday, January 4, 2010
In Praise Of: The Spread Collar with the Four-in-Hand
Did I just the other day praise the same collar's pairing with the Four-in-Hand's spiritual opposite, the Windsor?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
With a properly thick necktie, the Four-in-Hand straddles the line between "thick enough" and "not quite thick enough" to bridge the gap between the spread collar's points. The observing eye spots a potential imbalance but ultimately realizes that all is in harmony after all. Then you are left to do with the observer's captured attention what you will--perhaps ask for a raise or a date (preferably not from the same person).
When a necktie is sufficiently wide higher up its length, its Four-in-Hand may even reach below the collar points, again pushing against but not breaking the eye's expectations. The same effect is possible on a narrower necktie if you take care to create a large dimple.