Ancient Rome was the first city to adopt what was soon to become the male accessory par excellence: the tie. Roman legionaries used to wear a strip of cloth around their necks as protection for their airways during their long road marches. Over the years, the piece of cloth gradually thinned to the shape we know today.
Around the first half of the 17th century, Croats arrived in Paris to fight in the Thirty Years' War wearing a special handkerchief twisted around their necks. The fabric that the foreign mercenaries wrapped around their necks immediately caught the attention of the Parisians. They were so fascinated by it that they wanted to spread it throughout the country.
First as a military accessory, then as a bourgeois accessory, the tie began its rise as an iconic and sought-after male item. It was in 1661 that the Sun King established the new profession of the “tiemaker”: a gentleman of the court whose job it was to tie the sovereign's tie impeccably.
This is how the irrepressible passion for the tie explodes: a fine accessory, faithful companion of every man on the most special occasions, even on the most important "Yes" day of his life.
Depending on its width, fabric and consistency, the tie can wrap around the shirt collar in a variety of ways. But the best tie knot for a wedding is undoubtedly the one that best expresses the personality of the man wearing it.
Easy to tie but equally fine and sophisticated, the Onassis knot is named after the Greek shipowner and tycoon Aristotle Onassis. The distinctive feature of this tie knot is the large part of the tie, which does not go inside the knot but remains free, just like a scarf wrapped around the groom's neck. Ideal for larger ties, the Onassis knot is the best wedding tie knot for all brides and grooms who wish to combine this accessory with a waistcoat or waistcoat on their big day.
Also known as Prince Albert's knot - although there is no confirmation, it seems that the Prince particularly liked to tie his ties in this way - the Victorian knot is an emblem of sophistication and charisma. The Victorian knot goes with every type of collar and tie, except very thick ones. Perfect for ceremonial occasions such as weddings, the Victory Knot is actually suitable for all more formal occasions.
Popular especially with overseas brides and grooms, the Pratt knot is named after the famous television presenter Jerry Pratt who first wore it in the 1980s. More restrained than the Windsor version, the Pratt knot is preferably associated with open-neck shirts. Unlike other types of knots, the Pratt requires the tie to be held in an unusual way, i.e. with the seams facing forward. Combined with a pure silk garment, the Pratt knot is the best wedding tie knot for the man who is inspired by linear and classic geometries. For this reason, the effect of the Pratt knot is enhanced if you opt for ties in solid colours or with light and delicate patterns.
Windsor knot (single or double)
Classicism and symmetry: the Windsor knot is the British knot par excellence, perfect for big occasions such as weddings and ceremonies. Suitable for shirts with French or open collars, the Windsor knot can be single or double. For finer postures, the single Windsor knot is certainly the best tie knot for the wedding day. For a more elegant effect, a thin silk tie is recommended. If you want to add volume, you can opt for a wool model. Also perfect for the wedding day is the double Windsor knot, which will give depth and breadth to your wedding outfit.