How to properly tie a tie

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Knowing how to tie a tie is something every young man should know how to do. If you have no one to teach you there are many instructional videos online that will walk you through step by step. There are different ways of tying a tie. Each one gives your tie a certain kind of knot and look. Some are more formal than others, so knowing more than one way is a smart idea.  Although there’s no one best way to tie your tie, here are two of the simpler, most commonly used ways here.  The important thing is that you know how to properly tie a tie.

The Full Windsor knot is one of the most popular and most commonly tie knots there is. You can master this knot by following a few simple steps. These are the steps to properly tie a tie using the Full Windsor method:

The Full Windsor Knot is a thick, wide, and triangular tie knot that projects confidence. It would therefore be your knot of choice for presentations, job interviews, courtroom appearances etc. 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.

To tie the Full Windsor Knot, select a necktie of your choice and stand in front of a mirror. Then simply follow the steps below:

  1. Start with the wide end of your necktie on the right, extending about 14 inches below the narrow end on the left. Then cross the wide end over the narrow end.
  2. Then Bring the wide end up through the loop between the collar and your tie.
  3. Then bring the wide end back down.
  4. You now pull the wide end underneath the narrow end and to the right. The backside of the tie’s wide end should be visible.
  5. Next, you pull the wide end through the loop between the tie and your neck.
  6. Pull down the wide end to tighten the wrapping. Then take the wide end and wrap over the narrow end so that the front of the wide end is visible again.
  7. Then pull the wide end up through the loop again.
  8. Now bring the wide end down through the knot in front.
  9. Finally using both hands, tighten the knot carefully, and draw it up to the collar.

Congratulations, you did it. Follow these steps and you’ll be a pro in no time. The Full Windsor knot is a slightly more advanced way to tie your necktie. If you like large tie knots, and/or need the right tie knot for a shirt with a widespread collar, then the Windsor is perfect.

If you’re looking for a more casual, looser feeling knot, you could try the Four in Hand knot, Which Is an easier knot to tie. Follow these steps for a more casual knot:

  • Begin by crossing the wide end over the narrow end.
  • Fold the wide end underneath the narrow end.
  • Pass the wide end horizontally over the narrow end again.
  • Take the wide end up and through the loop around your neck.
  • Take the wide end through the knot in front. Proceed to tighten the knot and pull it up to your collar.

The Four in Hand knot is the knot that is most appropriate for casual situations since it doesn’t look like you spent too much time in front of the mirror getting it done. It looks like you just quickly put on a tie before you went out the door, almost as an afterthought. Also, if you’re ever in a hurry, this is the knot to know.

So there you go. Now you know how to properly tie two of the most popular most often used knots there is. Two different knots for different occasions. So wherever you are going, whether it be a casual night out or a fancier event, you’re ready to go. Never underestimate the power and strength of a solid, properly tied knot.