How To Tie A Necktie Easily - Steps and Diagrams
Wait..., what does a woman know about neckties?
I grew up during the New Wave years, when even women wore neckties, so I asked my dad to teach me how to tie a tie. He stood me in front of him in front of mirror, and tied a tie on me. Then he showed me how to slip it off without untying it, and told me "there you go!" It didn't take much practice and then I could tie my own neckties.
Then I went to college and majored in costume and found out that often I could tie a necktie and the actors that I was helping get dressed could not. I taught a lot of guys how to tie ties in college. When I do the thing where I have the person stand in front of me and I tie it on them, I have to stand on a chair, as I'm really short... LOL...!
Men's neckwear hasn't really changed all that much over the last century. Men's shirts have collars that are now sewn on, instead of buttoning onto a collarless shirt. Ties go through phases of getting a bit longer or shorter, or a tad wider or narrower, but overall, they don't change that much.
The best way to learn how to tie a tie is to start wearing them regularly. Having a few on-hand in basic colors and patterns is all you need to get started. If you want to go with standards, a fashion selection is just the thing to get you up and knotting with a minimum of investment. These neckties will coordinate with any shirts, plain or colored.
How to Tie a Necktie => Step-by-step Diagram
Ties and Knots
- Tie knot: how to tie a tie
How to tie the Four-in-hand Knot, the Double-simple Knot, the Windsor Knot, the Half-Windsor Knot, the Small knot and the Cross knot
- How To Tie A Tie
The necktie (or tie) is a long piece of woven or knitted material worn around the neck, under the shirt collar and knotted at the throat with the blades resting on the shirt front.
- TieGuide.com - tie a tie, knots, tying, necktie, neck
Info on buying, caring for, tying and wearing neckties
- To Tie A Tie .com
Learn how to tie necktie knots like the Four-In-Hand, Half-Windsor, Windsor and Pratt. Instructions on tying a bow tie are also covered.
Tie Bars (aka Tie Clips)
As a shorter person, my tie tends to come down to my belt line, and that means it moves around a lot more. So that I don't wind up distracted and futz with my tie all day, I use a tie bar to keep my tie right where I want it. This is also the go-to accessory if you are a tie wearer who finds they dip or drag there tie through things, like food. A tie bar will keep your tie secured to your body.
To Tie... or To Clip-On (and other details)
Here are some details and bits that might help you have a better relationship with neckties.
To Tie Or To Clip-On - If you absolutely can't stand neckties (but sometimes have to wear one) or the act of tying a tie just brings you to frustrated tears, consider the humble clip-on tie. This is a popular way of dealing with bow-ties, which really can be tricky.
Controlling Your Tie - Does your tie flap about too much, fly up in your face or accidentally go for a swim in your soup? You will want to get a tie tack or tie bar. These two accessories act to fasten far down the tie, attaching it to your shirt so that it stays right where you want it to stay. This is also something to consider if you wear a three piece suit and your tie seems to slowly wiggle up inside your vest and bunch up uncomfortably.
How To Tie a Bow Tie
- How To Tie a Bow Tie Instructions & Streaming Video
See our step by step graphical instructions on how to tie a bow tie. The easiest way to learn to tie your tie right is to watch our video 'Knot Easy Video' or download the PDF
- Bow Brummell: How To Tie a Bow Tie
Where Cyber-ians Learn the Manly Art of Tying a Bow Tie.
- How to Tie a Bow-Tie
How to tie a bow-tie, with 16 detailed illustrations and related links.
About Giving Ties As Gifts
Giving a man a tie as a gift is almost a cliché, but it doesn't have to be!
Neckties often have a much maligned reputation as a fall-back gift for Father's Day, Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries. Never give a necktie just because you can't think of anything else.
Really think about the man (or woman) you're buying the necktie for. Is this tie to be worn at the office? Is it meant to be a tasteful accessory, an eye-catching accent or a novelty joke tie?
Get a tie with a design or picture on it of something the receiver likes. For example, sports logos, team colors, boating accents, golf images and more all can appear very small and tastefully on a tie.
How stylish is your tie receiver? If the person you're gifting is really into fashion, consider giving them a gift certificate if you're fashion knowledge is not up to their level.
Follow-Along with a Necktie Tying Video!
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