How To Tie A Tie

How To Tie A Tie

How To Tie A Tie

Tying a tie is a rite of passage for most men as they were taught at a young age by their fathers.  Yet, some men still do not know how to properly tie a tie.  A tie is an essential every man’s wardrobe (much like a handbag in womenswear) and symbolizes a sense of refinement and proper dressing.  But as important as it is in a man’s wardrobe, its presentation is just as crucial.  Currently there are about 85 different knots a man can use to tie his tie.  For obvious reasons, we cannot not show you all 85 knots, but we will highlight the 4 most common knots that are currently in use…


the windsor knot

The Windsor Knot is a thick, wide and triangular tie knot that projects confidence.  It is best suited for spread collar shirts and it’s actually quite easy to do.  While just about everyone can use this tie knot to tie his tie, it looks especially well on men with longer necks as its wide form shortens the perceived height of the neck a little bit.

step 1:

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Start with the wide end (“W”) of your necktie on the right, extending about 12 inches below the narrow end (“N”) on the left.

step 2:

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Then cross the wide end over the narrow end.

step 3:

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Bring the wide end up through the loop between the collar and your tie.

step 4:

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Then bring the wide end back down.

step 5:

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Pull the wide end underneath the narrow end and to the right, back through the loop and to the right again so that the wide end is inside out.

step 6:

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Bring the wide end across the front from right to left.

step 7:

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Then pull the wide end up through the loop again.

step 8:

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Bring the wide end down through the knot in front.

step 9:

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And — using both hands — tighten the knot carefully and draw it up to the collar.

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the half windsor knot

The Half Windsor Knot, a modest version of the Windsor Knot, is a symmetrical and triangular tie knot that you can use with any dress shirt. It works best with somewhat wider neckties made from light to medium fabrics.

step 1:

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Start with the wide end (“W”) of your necktie on the right, extending about 12 inches below the narrow end (“N”) on the left.

step 2:

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Then cross the wide end over the narrow end.

step 3:

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Bring the wide end around and behind the narrow end.

step 4:

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Then bring the wide end up.

step 5:

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Pull the wide end through the loop and to the right.

step 6:

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Bring the wide end around front, over the narrow end from right to left.

step 7:

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Again, bring the wide end up and through the loop.

step 8:

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Then, bring the wide end down through the knot in front.

step 9:

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And — using both hands — tighten the knot carefully and draw it up to the collar.

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the four-in hand knot

The Four in Hand Knot makes for a narrow, more discreet and slightly asymmetrical tie knot. It is best suited for a standard button-down dress shirt and works best with wide neckties made from heavy fabrics.

While this tie knot can be worn by anyone, it looks especially well on men with shorter necks as the knot’s rather narrow and elongated form stretches the perceived height of the neck a tiny bit.

step 1:

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Start with the wide end (“W”) of your necktie on the right, extending about 12 inches below the narrow end (“N”) on the left.

step 2:

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Then cross the wide end over the narrow end.

step 3:

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Turn the wide end back underneath the narrow end.

step 4:

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Continue by bringing the wide end back over in front of the narrow end again.

step 5:

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Then, pull the wide end up and through the loop around your neck.

step 6:

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Hold the front of the knot loosely with your index finger and bring the wide end down through the front loop.

step 7:

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At last, remove your finger and tighten the knot carefully to the collar by holding the narrow end and sliding the knot up.

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the pratt/shelby knot

The Pratt Knot, also known as the Shelby Knot, is tidy and fairly wide, yet not as wide as the Windsor Knot. It is well suited for any dress shirt and somewhat wider neckties made from light to medium fabrics.

step 1:

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Start with the necktie inside out, with the wide end (“W”) on the right, extending about 12 inches below the narrow end (“N”) on the left.

step 2:

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Then cross the wide end under the narrow end.

step 3:

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Take the wide end over and under the narrow end.

step 4:

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Pull the loop down and tighten.

step 5:

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Then, take the wide end over to the right.

step 6:

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Pull the wide end up, behind the loop.

step 7:

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And finally, bring the wide end through the knot and tighten gently.

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after-care

properly untying the tie:

A very common mistake a beginner makes when learning how to tie a tie is that once you get that first knot done right, you would never even think about untying your tie at the end of the day. Instead, you would probably prefer to make the loop just big enough to pull your head out and hang the tied tie on a clothes hanger or over the back of a chair.

Unfortunately, that is the most damaging thing you could ever do to your tie. What you would rather want to do is to properly untie your tie.  However, this is where half the nation, yes, beginners and folks who have worn ties for quite some time alike commit the second gravest sin when it comes to untying any tie. That is to just rip it off by the time you get home.  Paying a little attention is key here, though, as doing the opposite will definitely ruin your tie, rather sooner than later.

Instead of hastily tearing and yanking a tie from your neck, repeat all of the steps you followed to tie your tie but now do so in reverse order! Step #7 becomes #1, step #6 becomes #2 and so on.  While this process might not necessarily save you an extra minute each evening, it will definitely save you your precious tie and your money.

tie wrinkles:

After untying your tie, especially when your tie is made of thick and heavy silk, you will probably notice that there are wrinkles that make it look very worn and used, even though you have only worn that tie for only a couple of hours.  However, there is something you can do to get rid of that problem overnight.  Basically, all you do is to wrap the tie around your hand, then put it onto a table or into a drawer and let it rest for a while.

  1. Hold the narrow end of your tie with your thumb while letting the wide end hang down to the floor.
  2. Wrap the wide end around your hand several times.
  3. Take the wrapped-up tie and place it on a flat surface.

You will see that after only a few hours all of the wrinkles will be gone and your tie looks as fresh and new as if you had just purchased it at a store!

By the way, wrapping up your ties is also great while on travel to prevent the ties from being damaged in a tightly-packed suitcase.

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