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How To Knot Your Tie Like A Real Man

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To complete a gentle man’s suit up is a tie. A tie does perfection to the combo and speaks well of any gentleman. However, learning how to tie a tie is a rite of passage for every gentleman. And it certainly matters even more so if you are an aspiring dapper gentleman!  In this guide, we’ll show you eight ways to tie a tie and the merits of each of them!

So you’ve bought that tie you had your eyes set on for a while, and are ready to wear it.  Maybe you’ve worn it to work, and now you want to put it on casually.  Or maybe you’ve worn it to a semi-formal event, but now need to wear it to an all-important presentation. Join me as I show you different ways to knot just one tie, and if you have a collection of ties, lucky you! A style for a tie should work, depending on how many occasions you show up at being completely gentle.

FOUR-IN-HAND KNOT

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The four in hand knot is also known as the simple knot or schoolboy knot due to its simplicity and style. History suggests that the four in hand knot came to be known as a result of members of the four in hand club in London starting to regularly pull this tie off, hence making it fashionable.

The four in hand knot is best worn with a narrow spread collared shirt and is suited for men who are trying to accentuate perceived vertical lines i.e look taller. The four in hand knot looks especially good on gentlemen with shorter necks as it serves to elongate their neck.

HOW TO TIE A FOUR-IN-HAND-KNOT:

1. Start with the wide end of your necktie on your left, extending about 8 inches to a foot below the narrow end of the tie.

2. Cross the wide end over the narrow end of the tie.

3. Bring the wide end underneath the narrow end of the tie.

4. Continue bringing the wide end over the narrow end of the tie again.

5. Pull the wide end through the loop.

6. Hold the knot loosely and slip the wide end of the tie through the loop.

Remove your finger and tighten the knot. While tightening your knot, create a dimple under your knot by pressing in with your index finger as you pinch the sides of the knot with your thumb and middle finger.  This dimple in your necktie will leave you looking extremely dapper!

HALF WINDSOR KNOT

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The Half Windsor Knot produces a singular, neat triangular knot, which is larger than the four in hand knot but smaller than a full Windsor knot. Contrary to popular belief, the half Windsor knot does not take up half the space of a full Windsor knot, but rather about 75%, and so still creates an air of elegance about it.

The Half Windsor Knot is best worn with a medium or wide spread collar, due to its size and thickness. The Half Windsor Knot is a great knot for semi-formal, formal occasions and work, and because it is easier to tie than a full Windsor knot, makes it extremely convenient year round! The Half Windsor Knot would particularly suit slimmer men with longer necks, as it serves to accentuate horizontal lines i.e make you look broader.

HOW TO TIE A HALF WINDSOR KNOT:

1. Begin with the wide end of the tie on the right-hand side. Keep the wide end of your tie about eight inches to a foot below the skinny end of your tie.

2. Cross the large end of the necktie over the slimmer end.

3. Bring the wide end of the tie under the loop.

4. Bring the wide end of the tie over and through the loop, allowing the back end of the tie to fall through on your right hand.

5. Bring the tie over the knot, from right to left, wrapping it over and under the Knot.

6. Bring the tie through the loop.

7. Slide the wide end of the tie through the knot.

8. Fasten the knot and create a dimple when adjusting the knot. While tightening your knot, create a dimple under your knot by pressing in with your index finger as you pinch the sides of the knot with your thumb and middle finger.  This dimple in your necktie will leave you looking extremely dapper!

FULL WINDSOR KNOT (AKA WINDSOR KNOT OR DOUBLE WINDSOR KNOT)

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The Grand Daddy of all knots, the Full Windsor Knot is considered the most elegant of all. The Full Windsor Knot produces a wide, symmetrical triangular knot. The Windsor Knot is a thick, wide and triangular knot that projects confidence. It is, therefore, a popular knot of choice for presentations, job interviews, important meetings, weddings, and other formal occasions.

HOW TO TIE A FULL WINDSOR KNOT:

1. Start with the wide end of the necktie on your left, about 12 inches (a foot) below the skinny end of your tie. More difference in length is needed for a full Windsor knot versus the half Windsor or four in hand, as more fabric is used to tie the necktie.  This is important to understand so that you can get the knot right hopefully on the first go around!

2. Cross the wide end of the tie over the skinny end.

3. Bring the wide end of the tie under the cross and through the loop

4. The wide end of your tie should out on the right-hand side.

5. Bring the wide end of the tie underneath the knot (from right to left)

6. When you have taken the wide end underneath the knot, take the wide end of the tie through the loop from the outside.

7. The wide end of the tie should now be on your left-hand side, with the base of your full Windsor knot firmly formed.

8. Wrap the wide end of the tie over the knot (from left to right).

9. Bring the wide end of the tie underneath the knot and through the loop.

10. Slide the wide end of the tie through the knot.

11. Tighten and adjust the knot.  While tightening your knot, create a dimple under your knot by pressing in with your index finger as you pinch the sides of the knot with your thumb and middle finger.  This dimple in your necktie will leave you looking extremely dapper!

Let us take a break and look at how to tie classic ties. Don’t get tired, this is just the unique touch you need to complete your gentlemanliness.

HOW TO TIE CLASSIC NECKTIE KNOTS

THE PRATT (SHELBY) KNOT

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The Pratt Knot is a versatile, highly elegant knot, of medium size, between the four in hand and half Windsor. It is best worn with a narrow spread or medium spread collar. The Pratt Knot is ideal for daily work, an evening out or the next wedding reception. It should not be used in the most formal of situations.

HOW TO TIE A PRATT (SHELBY) KNOT:

1. Keep the tie around your neck, with the backside of the tie facing outwards. Keep the wide end of the tie on your left, and the skinny end of the right. The tip of the skinny end should lay just above your belly button (but this will vary depending on your height and the length of your tie).

2. Cross the wide end of the tie under the skinny end, to your right.

3. Bring the wide end of the tie up to the center, and through the loop

4. Bring it down to your right side.

5. Bring the wide end, across the skinny end towards your left.

6. Bring the wide end underneath the skinny end, and up through the loop.

7. Take the wide end down through the loop that you have just created in the previous step.

8. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end.

SIMPLE KNOT / ORIENTAL KNOT:

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Looking for something even simpler than the four in hand? Yes, even we didn’t think it was possible. The simple knot, whilst not tied with popularity in the west, is sometimes worn in the east. It is a small, asymmetrical knot that is tied with the wide and skinny end facing outwards when you begin. The simple knot works well with thick neckties or for taller men who don’t have an extra long length tie.

How To Tie A Simple / Oriental Knot:

1. Start with the tie facing outside, with the wide end of the tie on your left side and the skinny end of the tie on your right side. The tip of the skinny end of the tie should rest slightly above your belly button (however, this will vary depending on your height, and the length and thickness of your tie).

2. Cross the wide end of the tie underneath the skinny end, to your right.

3. Bring the wide end over the skinny end, to your left.

4. Bring the wide end up through the neck loop, from underneath.

5. Take the wide end through the loop you have just created in the previous step.

6. Pull down the wide end to tighten. Slide the knot up to adjust.

KELVIN KNOT

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Looking for a straight forward tie knot that is similar to the four in hand knot, but that is more angular and with more substance? Cue The Kelvin Knot. The Kelvin is an extension of the Four In Hand Knot. Unlike the four in hand, the Kelvin starts with the tie lying inside out, resulting in an inverted tail.

The Kelvin Knot is named after Lord Kelvin, a mathematical physicist!

The Kelvin Knot, similar to the Four In Hand Knot, is best worn with a narrow or medium spread collar. Given the informal nature of the knot, it is best worn to social occasions such as a date night or evening out!

HOW TO TIE A KELVIN KNOT:

Similar to the four in hand knot, the Kelvin knot is best worn with a narrow spread collar. The Kelvin knot is highly versatile (but shouldn’t be worn to the most formal occasions), and so can be worn to daily work, a date night or on an evening out.

1. Start with the backside of the tie facing away from you, with the wide end on your left side and the skinny end on your right side. The tip of the small end should rest slightly above your belly button (will vary depending on your height, and the length and thickness of your tie). This tie is tied using the wide end.

2. Bring the wide end under the skinny end to your right.

3. Bring the wide end across the small end to your left.

4. Bring it over the wide end to your right.

5. Take it across the skinny end to your left.

6. Bring the wide end up through the neck loop from underneath.

7. Bring the wide end through the loop that you have just created.

8. Pull down the wide end to tighten. Slide the knot up to adjust.

There you go, I  have shown you some classic and contemporary ways of knotting a tie the right way. If you have more ways to knot a tie, please comment in the box below and let’s all be dapper together in our ties.  

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