In the course of one's life, certain occasions call for a degree of presentable sophistication which a young male in an urban setting simply does not acquire with ease. A suitable example of this is the taking of my senioir photographs- Friday.
My funny anecdote: I went to Burlington Coat Factory because it's closest in proximity to my school- it never ocurred to me that I might need a degree of preparation before my foray into the world of art galas and finger food; translation: dress shirts and ties.
I looked through the enormous selection of dress shirts, and was scolded viciously upon attempting to open one to examine it closely. Acquiescing to the large woman's malevolent glare, I retreated.
I continued to wander for a few moments before having an ephiphany: I DON'T KNOW MY SIZE. Why do all of these shirts seem so unnaturally.. tiny? Size 34-36 chest? Waist? Either shirts are made for chunky folk or for Auschwitz victims. What about the tiny waists and large chests? I inquire cautiously.
"Pardon me, but I really am confused."
"Honey, that big number is your SLEEVE LENGTH."
"..oh. How do I know if the shirt fits by the size of my arm and neck? -scratches head-"
At that point she just told me not to worry, measured me, and walked away. I picked my shirt, and lo and behold- all is good. There's my anecdote. I'm an uncultured savage.
Meanwhile, my inquiry: the "windsor" knot.
I studied a few diagrams on Friday morning and quickly developed the skills necessary to execute the "four in hand" knot, but all of the visual aids for the "windsor" knot seemed vague and did not help me much.
Could anybody give a more readable and usable explanation for executing this particular knot? I prefer its look, and would rather not have to ask someone else to tie it for me.