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11-06-2004, 08:01 AM
I have large number of 1940s belly hugger ties. Was wondering what knot looks best with these ties?
11-07-2004, 01:03 PM
I haven't heard that term before.
11-08-2004, 12:47 PM
Most 40's movie stars, and John Kerry, did a Windsor knot.
Do "Belly Huggers" refer to short ties?
Master Daniel A. Riser Esq
11-08-2004, 02:46 PM
I think the term is "belly warmers" which are short, wide ties. Most of my 40's ties would qualify I think. I'm a tall guy, so I make the smallest knot possible to get the longest length. flat-top
11-08-2004, 10:21 PM
With my old ties I prefer a four-in-hand knot or half-windsor.
I don't like too big a knot.
11-08-2004, 10:46 PM
I have always been a full-windsor, I used to know the other types, but have since forgot. I love 40's ties, more for their shape than patterns, I love the short, fat look of them.
11-09-2004, 01:39 PM
I use a pratt or shelby knot, which is identical in appearance when finished, but less complex than a double windsor.
Don't forget the dimple! And an easy rule of thumb: '30s style, small knot, with a collar pin. '40s style, large knot with no collar pin, and preferably a collar that is cut such that it is close to the tie on both sides.
11-09-2004, 06:09 PM
Of all the complicated knots, I think the Pratt is the cleanest knot when the knotting is finished.
I myself still stick to the tried and true four in hand... it's a basic and I like my tie to be a little imperfect as it hangs kilter.
11-11-2004, 08:23 AM
Wholeheartedly agreed. I like the four in hand a lot. When I dress forties I prefer my ties to have a "been sitting behind the gumshoe desk a little too long today" look.
and I don't care if I dress forties I still wear collar bars. I look at a collar bar the same way I look at French Cuffs. In the convoluted words of Mr. Magoo "It's the only way to dress!"
Although I have just made my first bow tie, so, for the sake of pride, I may start wearing bow ties primarily... hmm. Can someone say Dan Crosby?
Master Daniel A... ah Crosby Esq
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