How to Tie a Half Windsor Knot

In our last blog, we detailed the way to tie a Windsor knot, which can be found here. In this entry, we will provide information and instructions on the Half Windsor Knot. Despite its name, the Half Windsor Knot is bigger than the Windsor Knot. It is a versatile knot that produces a deep and substantial dimple when done correctly. It is best suited for light to medium weight fabrics, however, still remains a highly versatile knot.

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  • Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end on the left. The tip of the small end should rest slightly above your belly-button (this will vary depending on your height and the length & thickness of your tie). Only move the active (wide) end.
  • Wide end over the small end to the left.
  • Under the small end and to the right.
  • Up to the center, towards neck loop.
  • Through the neck loop and to the left.
  • Across the front, over to the right.
  • Up into the neck loop from underneath.
  • Down through the loop you’ve just created in the front.
  • Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up & adjust.

How to Tie the Windsor Knot

The knot is often thought to be named after the Duke of Windsor. However, many believe that it was invented by his father, George V. He preferred a wide knot and had his ties specially made with thicker cloth in order to produce a wider knot when tied with the conventional four-in-hand knot. The Windsor knot was invented to emulate the Duke’s wide knot with ties made from normal thickness cloth.

The Windsor knot is especially suited for a spread or cutaway collar that can properly accommodate a larger knot. For correct wear, the tie used for a Windsor knot should be about 4 centimeters or 1.6 inches longer than a conventional tie. Below are instructions and video on how to tie the knot correctly:

  1. Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end on the left. The tip of the small end should rest slightly above your belly-button (this will vary depending on your height and the length & thickness of your tie). Only move the active (wide) end.
  2. Wide end over the small end to the left.
  3. Up into the neck loop from underneath.
  4. Down to the left.
  5. Around the back of the small end to the right.
  6. Up to the center, towards neck loop.
  7. Through the neck loop and down to the right.
  8. Across the front to the left.
  9. Up into the neck loop from underneath.
  10. Down through the loop you’ve just created in the front.
  11. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up & adjust.

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We’ll continue to provide you with more information regarding the different styles of tie knots. We believe that it is important to establish this skill at an early age as it is a skill that any business professional needs.

Black Tie vs. Formal Wear

The Holiday season is always a busy but fun time for you and the family. It usually consists of several family and work parties where you would like to look your best.

In order to look your best, you must be aware of the attire requirement for whatever party you are attending. Most Holiday events usually require either formal wear or black tie attire and the distinction is crucial.

For a black-tie event, men must wear a tuxedo. A black bow tie, black vest or cummerbund, and patent leather shoes are also suggested. Women have options, they can go a bit dressier and wear a formal floor-length gown, or they can choose a dressy cocktail dress, paired with heels or dressy flats. Dressy pants suits are also acceptable.

Formal or Black-Tie Optional attire men have the option of wearing a tuxedo or a formal dark suit, white shirt, and conservative tie. For women, the choices are the same as with black-tie: a floor-length gown, a fancy cocktail dress, or a dressy pants suit. As far as women are concerned, there’s no difference between black-tie attire and black-tie option attire. The “optional” part comes in for the men.

So for your next Holiday party make sure you know the dress code for the party and make sure you have the proper attire for the event. An important rule to remember is that you’d rather be overdressed as opposed to underdressed.

Tips for Your Fall and Winter Wardrobe

With the Winter season in full swing, you will need to make a few adjustments to your wardrobe. Heavier fabrics, muted colors, and unique patterns coincide with lower temperatures.

It goes without saying that you obviously want to wear heavier fabrics in the winter. However, you will want to pair these heavier fabrics with interesting patterns such as flannels, windowpane, glen check, or houndstooth. These patterns tend to mesh well with softer colors like brown or tan, which also pair with the Fall and Winter Seasons.

Other colors that work well with the colder seasons are darker shades of blue, red, green, and purple. If you like to spice up your outfits you can opt to brighten up your outfits with some accessories. Pocket squares are a perfect way to brighten up your Fall and Winter outfits. Ties are another great way to show your personality in the colder months.

Another important ally for your fall outfits is a solid pair of brown oxfords. They will be a versatile accessory to add to your Fall and Winter wardrobe. Brown will go with a vast variety of colors and patterns that you will find yourself wearing.

Just as versatile as a solid pair of brown shoes, you will also need a brown, black, or blue wool overcoat. Not only will this provide you with the warmth you’ll desire but will also provide the style you desire.  A well-fitting wool overcoat acts as the shell for an outfit in the colder months so it needs to fit correctly.

Lastly, but certainly not least, a warm and matching pair of wool, leather, or cashmere gloves will have your wardrobe ready for the Fall and Winter seasons.

It’s vital to keep your wardrobe up to date as the Winter months tend to drag on. If you have questions or need guidance don’t hesitate to reach out for a consultation(248) 646-0535. 








Wardrobe Essentials

Your closet is your wardrobe’s toolbox and much like a toolbox, there are some essential tools that need to be present first before branching out. You’re not going to have a shingle froe in your toolbox without having a hammer. Your closet needs to be treated the same way. 

When you first start hanging up garments in your closet these are some of the first things that should be added. First and foremost, for any business professional you should have at least one navy, charcoal, or black suit. These colors are extremely versatile and refined. They allow for many different outfit combinations and can be worn for a multitude of occasions. They each have the versatility to be dressed up or dressed down.

Secondly, you will need to acquire a white/cream or blue button-down dress shirt. Again these colors are versatile and can be combined with any one of the suit colors listed above. A good rule to remember is that you can never have too many white button-up dress shirts.

One of the most important accessories you will ever buy is a power tie. Your tie is the centerpiece of your outfit and it must make a statement. A well-tied power tie is one great way to make a first impression. Oscar Wilde once said, “A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.”

Now we get to footwear. An absolute must for your closet is a pair of both brown and black lace-up oxfords. These are essential classics that need to be your first footwear purchase. Versatility is key when starting your wardrobe and these must be apart of your wardrobe’s foundation. 

Lastly, a classy accessory to add to your wardrobe is the pocket square. The pocket square is like the cherry on top of your outfit. It lets people know that you take your appearance seriously. It is a great way to add your own personal flair.

Once you have acquired these five essential pieces to your wardrobe you are freed up to experiment and get creative. Building your wardrobe is a process and it takes time. However, adding these essentials will make the process easier, faster, and more enjoyable. Just remember versatility is key.

Developing Your Wardrobe

Developing and acquiring the proper wardrobe at an early age is an investment in your future.  Your physique, build, and size has no bearing on how you look, the way you present yourself does. Anyone with the proper wardrobe can be the best dressed, any given day.

What many people struggle with is how to acquire their own personal style, which can be a tough process. However, there are a few simple steps that can be taken to develop and obtain a style to call your own.

First things first, you have to realize that dressing well is a necessity for anyone who wants to be successful in a business setting. Once you realize that it will be a much easier process to develop your eye for style.

Secondly, you need to recognize what your style type is. Are you conservative? Flashy? Classic Fit? Slim Fit? These are all questions that you need to answer before acquiring anything.  Developing the correct fit for your physique is key in developing your closet. You can spend all the money in the world on clothes but if they don’t fit properly, let’s just say it’s not a good look. This then leads to acquiring the highest quality for your budget.

There are many different levels of quality of fabrics that can certainly sway the price of a garment when shopping. However, the quality of the garment is not limited to the fabric quality but the size as well. There are plenty of ways of stretching a budget but also maintaining the proper fit.

Now that you have developed your own style and fit, it’s time to start shopping. An important thing to remember when starting this process is, to begin with, the foundation of your wardrobe and build around it. Build a few outfits and then go from there. Two jackets, five shirts, three pairs of pants, two ties, and two shoes allows for 120 different outfit combinations. That’s a solid place to start.

Now that you have your style and foundation, it’s time to start taking some risks. It’s ok to step outside of your comfort zone every once in a while with your wardrobe. It is supposed to be a fun process which means you can take some chances. It’s always nice to catch people off guard with a garment. It shows a different side of you that some people around you might not know you had.

The clothes you wear say a lot about who you are. The clothes you wear also determine a lot of your first impressions. According to a Harvard Study of Communications, it only takes seven seconds for you to make a first impression on another human being. So how you look is an enormous part of making a good first impression.

Dressing well is not just beneficial to your future but it’s also fun. It can also be a little difficult at times but that’s why we are here to help. Our clothing consultants and master European tailors create casual, professional and formal garments with timeless appeal and unparalleled quality. So give us a visit and see how we can help you.

What Makes a Cicchini Custom Suit?

The making of a custom suit is an elegant science. No detail is left unfinished, from the thread in the jacket to the buttons on the sleeve. Everything is customized, and everything must be perfect, no exceptions.

When we say perfect this is what we mean. Before any fabric is picked out we take 28 meticulous measurements to ensure that the fit of the garment will be the perfect contour to your physique. Once we have taken the proper measurements, you will be shown to our stately fabric room. This is where the real fun begins. Endless possibilities are available with our one of a kind selection of the finest fabrics from around the world. Everyone has their own style, so we realize the importance of keeping vast variety in stock. Then there is the lining of the jacket, which we also offer an array of options. We also allow the unique treat of picking your own thread, buttons, lapel width, etc. As mentioned before, the possibilities are endless.

Underneath every custom suit, there must be a custom shirt. At this point, some people might be a little overwhelmed and that is totally understandable. This process is a science and luckily, we are equipped with the absolute finest clothiers, stylists, and master tailors to make this process as easy as possible.

However, back to the custom shirt. We will be breaking out the measuring tape

again and taking 13 more careful measurements to ensure that the shirt has the correct fit underneath your jacket. You will also pick out the kind of cuff and collar you would like, as well as, picking the buttons out and thread.

This whole process is not only made easier by our incredible staff, but we also do everything in-house. Nothing is shipped anywhere, we have our own insanely talented master tailors and seamstresses that can make up any garment.

So, there is a lot that goes into the recipe for a custom suit. However, the most important ingredient is you, the customer. Without you, a suit is an empty canvas. You are the paint to our painting, and together we create a timeless art.

Welcome to Cicchini Custom Clothier

G. Bruce Boyer, former editor for GQ and Esquire, once said “Style is what happens when a person bends fashion to his personality.”

Here at Cicchini Custom Clothier we’ve embraced this mindset since 1949 when we first opened. We pride ourselves on our ability to suit our clients in the style that fits them best both in physique and personality. Style is a lot like fingerprints no two people have the same. So, it is important to embrace your own style.

When shopping with us we make sure to go the extra mile to make sure your satisfaction is met. From consultations to at home or in office visits, we make it work. 

Whether you want customized or off the rack, we have what you need. And if we don’t have it in the store we will get it in the store. Your wardrobe is something to take seriously and we certainly do, however, we like to have a little fun along the way.

We guarantee that when you walk down the street in a custom Cicchini suit that heads will turn. With 26 individual and precise measurements taken, the fit will be better than a glove. You also have the ability pick the buttons, collar, cuffs, which can even be monogrammed, the possibilities are endless.

If you don’t need a suit and just are looking for shirts, we have you covered. Our customized shirts are second to none. We take 13 measurements to make sure that the garment fits perfect.

We also offer a large selection of retail clothing from V-neck sweaters, quarter zip sweaters, denim jeans, dress pants, button up shirts, polo shirts, socks, belts, ties, and the list goes on. 

Our shoe collection is also high class but affordable. We offer the best brands in the business. The finest Italian products such as Mezlan, Bugatchi, Bacco Bucci and many more. We also just started carrying the latest in the Cole Haan collection.

What we’re trying to say is that we have everything your wardrobe needs and we don’t stop when it is finished. We are available even after sale for future questions and advice if you need.

So, for your next wardrobe needs come check us, we promise we won’t disappoint. We’re located at 494 South Old Woodward Avenue in downtown
Birmingham, Michigan or give us a call at (248) 646-0535