Whether you are dressing up for a formal social event or a business meeting where first impressions are crucial, a tie can complete any ensemble. There are a wide variety of different types of ties on the market to choose from, so your look can remain dignified and professional regardless of your unique stylistic tastes. With so many different methods of tying a tie, even an amateur can learn how to tie a tie properly and take their style to the next level. Today we will be highlighting each of the 8 most popular ways to tie a tie so that you can pick the method that fits you best.
The Four-in-Hand Knot
The Four-in-hand knot is one of the most popular ways to tie a tie and is especially useful when tying a thick tie. A tie of a thicker material can prove a challenge when tying a knot as many other methods will create a knot that is far too large. The Four-in-hand knot is typically the first method learners are introduced to. A large knot can result in a sloppy look overall.
So what is the proper way to tie a Four-in-hand knot? Here are the necessary steps you should follow to tie the Four-in-hand knot:
- Begin by draping the tie around the neck, situated underneath the shirt collar. The tie should be situated around the neck with the widest end of the tie on the right side. The more narrow end of the tie should hang roughly 12 inches above the wide end.
- Next, take the wide part of the tie and lay it across the narrow end.
- Now, take the same wide section of the tie and cross it underneath the narrow.
- Cross the wide section back over the top of the narrow.
- A large loop should now have formed at the neck. Take the wide end and run it through this loop.
- Using a downward motion, insert the wide section through the front loop. This should be done with an attention to how securely you are holding the knot itself. Make sure to keep your hold relatively loose.
- Finally, take one hand and slide the knot upward until it is snug while using the other hand to hold the bottom part of the narrow section.
The Windsor knot is considered to be one of the most professional methods of tying a tie. The Full Windsor knot, which we will be discussing here, is particularly common for business settings such as job interviews, staff meetings, and presentations. When tied properly, this knot results in a tie that is elegant and tidy with a triangular shape.
Looking to try out the ever-popular windsor knot method? Here are the steps you should take:
- Similarly to the four-in-hand knot, start by draping the tie around your neck and underneath the shirt collar. The wider end is, again, situated on the right side with the narrower end placed around 12 inches higher.
- Cross the wider section over the top of the narrow section.
- Take the wide end, loop it through the opening at the neck, and pulling it directly down.
- This next part can be a bit tricky. Take the wide section and run it under the right side of the narrower section with the wrong side facing out.
- Next, take the wider section and cross it back to the left side of the narrow section, running it over the top. If done properly, the correct section should now be facing out.
- Pull the wide section again through the top loop at the neck but make sure to pass it through the front loop again on the way back down.
- Now all that’s left to do is slide the knot up until it is snug and clean at the base of the collar. Make sure to hold the dangling sections of the tie with one hand until you have secured the knot.
So what’s the difference between the Half Windsor knot and the full windsor knot? You may be quick to assume that the Half Windsor is a simpler method of tying a Windsor knot and this isn’t entirely untrue.
The real difference, however, lies within the final look of each knot. The Half Windsor is more appropriate for wider ties of a medium weight. If you prefer a smaller knot that closely resembles the polished look of a Full Windsor knot, this will be a method for you to consider.
Here’s how to tie a Half Windsor knot step-by-step:
- Begin by crossing the wider section of the tie over the narrow end.
- Run the wider section directly behind the narrow section with the wrong side facing out.
- Now pull the wide end to the left.
- Remaining wrong side out you should now pull the wide section through the opening at the neck and to the right side.
- Cross back to the left with the wide end lying over the narrow part with the correct side facing up this time.
- Cross the wider section back over to the left with the correct side facing out this time.
- Run the wider section up through the loop again, inserting it through the front loop on the way back down. Hold the remaining unsecured sections of the tie in one hand and pull the knot up until it is secured with the other. That’s all there is to it!
The next knotting method we’ll be highlighting to help you learn how to tie a tie is the Simple knot. Of all the knots included in our guide, the Simple knot is, well, the simplest. With a very few amount of steps, this knot is ideal for beginners and is also one of the more secure methods of tying a tie as it isn’t self-releasing. Unfortunately, this also means it is much more difficult to untie at the end of the day.
Here’s how to go about tying the simple knot:
- Start by positioning the tie in front of you with the backside of the tie facing away from you. Make sure the wider end is on the right side and the narrow end is on the left. Throughout the process, the smaller end should remain stationary- only the wider end should move.
- Pull the wide end underneath the narrow end and to the left.
- Next, cross the wide end over the narrow and to the right.
- Pull the wide end through the front loop from underneath.
- Pull the tie through the loop that you should have now formed in the front and pull the wide end until the knot is secure.
The Trinity knot offers a unique, eye-catching look that is slightly asymmetrical. Being slightly larger than the windsor knot, the Trinity knot is elegant, making it perfect for formal occasions where appearances are of key importance. As you may guess due to the bold look of this particular knot, the Trinity knot is considered more difficult than other knotting methods.
- Begin with the wide end of the tie on the left and the narrower end on the right. In the trinity knot method, only the narrow end of the tie will move.
- Cross the narrow end to the left by placing it across the wide end.
- Coming from underneath, pull the narrow end through the neck loop and then down to the left.
- Coming from the right, cross the narrow end over the wide section and through the neck loop again. Approach the loop from underneath.
- Pull the tie through that same loop in a downward motion but do not pull to secure. Keep the loop as loose as possible.
- Bring the narrow end to the right by moving it around the backside of the wide section.
- Bring your active end of the tie front and center and then through the loop you just created.
- Now it’s time to tighten the tie. Tuck the remaining portion of the narrow end behind the loop found on the left side of the neck.
The Bowtie knot is a classic, easily-identifiable knot popularized by red carpet events and “black tie” occasions. Better yet, Bowtie knots are becoming an increasingly popular knotting style for everyday wear. If you’re looking to keep up with the fashion trends of today, a Bowtie style is one to consider. After all, the sleek, dignified look of a properly tied Bowtie is a hard style to beat.
Here’s how to tie a bowtie:
- Begin by placing the bowtie face up. You should then adjust the tie until the right side of the material is shorter than the left side.
- Move the left end of the tie to the opposite end, crossing over the other end.
- You should then bring the left section of the tie underneath the right section and through the neck loop.
- Next, fold the right section of the tie to the right and then back to the left. This should result in a noticeable bow shape.
- Now bring the left section straight down over the center point of the bow and fold it back towards the direction of the chest, pinching the fold once positioned.
- Take the pinched end and push it through the loop.
- All that’s left now is to secure the knot by pulling on the folded sections. You can create a tidy, symmetrical look by adjusting the sections accordingly.
The Eldredge knot isn’t a particularly popular method of tying a tie. This can likely be attributed to the difficulty associated with properly tying the Eldredge knot. Characterized by its larger knot and resemblance to a fishtail braid, the Eldredge knot is visually unique.
Looking for a challenge? Here’s how to tie a Eldredge knot:
- Position the wide end of the tie on the left and the narrower end on the right respectively. In the eldredge knot, the narrow end will be considered our active end.
- Cross the active end to the left, laying it over the top of the wide section.
- Cross the active end back to the right, running it underneath the wide section.
- Position the active end at the center, running it through the neck loop and then down to the left.
- Cross back over to the right by pulling the active end behind the wider section. Don’t pull too securely.
- Run back to the left, crossing through the loop created in step 5.
- Tighten the knot by pulling the active end to the left.
- Pull the active end up and through the center loop and then back down and to the left.
- Pull the active end up and through the center loop again but this time pull down and to the right. Keep the loose you just created as loose as possible.
- Cross over the front and down to the left and then through the loop created in step 9.
- Finally, pull the active end to the left tightly to secure the knot. Tuck any remaining sections of the active end behind the loop on the left side.
The Van Wijk knot is best for those who favor a longer knot effect. The Van Wijk knot is, in fact, the longest knot style found in popular culture. This knotting method may be best for those of especially tall stature as it won’t look undersized and awkward.
Here’s the steps for tying the Van Wijk knot:
- In this knotting style, the wide end of the tie will act as our active end. Start by positioning the wide end on the right and the narrow end on the left.
- Run the active end over the narrow end and to the left.
- Run the active end underneath the narrow end and back to the right.
- Cross the front again and back to the left.
- Run the active end underneath the narrow end and back to the right.
- Cross back over the front and to the left.
- Run the active end through the neck loop from underneath and then back down through all three loops in the front.
- Finally, tighten the knot by pulling down on the active end with one hand and using the other to slide the knot up.
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