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.


A patterned tie can add a lot of interest to a suit.  (Not that Ryan Gosling needs much adding to...)
A patterned tie can add a lot of interest to a suit. (Not that Ryan Gosling needs much adding to...)

Fashionable Neckties

Bundle Monster 5pc Mens Trendy Fashion Business Solid, Woven, Stripes Necktie Tie Mixed Set 2 - Skinny Tie 2" Wide
Bundle Monster 5pc Mens Trendy Fashion Business Solid, Woven, Stripes Necktie Tie Mixed Set 2 - Skinny Tie 2" Wide

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

Tie Bars (aka Tie Clips)

Kenneth Cole Reaction Mens Matte Black With Notched Step Tie Clip, Black, One Size
Kenneth Cole Reaction Mens Matte Black With Notched Step Tie Clip, Black, One Size

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.


Comedian Rodney Dangerfield was known for his signature behavior of tugging on his tie and saying "I don't get no respect."
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield was known for his signature behavior of tugging on his tie and saying "I don't get no respect."

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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Necktie Comments and Questions 34 comments

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relache 2 years ago from Seattle, WA Author

Pulinc, one thing to remember about tying ties (and knots) is that the same directions can produce different looking knots. Knots sometimes have to be "dressed," a costuming term that means you have to hold and pull the knot as it's being tied to control the tension and shape so that it comes out how you specifically want. Unless I'm tying the tie myself or watching someone, I can't really troubleshoot effectively.


PULINC 2 years ago

Actually I am not new to tying a tie-knot; but I came here looking for procedures for a specific knot that I have never been able to get using my own procedures. Intriguingly, the knot that I have in mind looks exactly like the perfect one sported by Ryan Gosling in the picture above; but the procedures illustrated by you turned out to be the ones that I have already been using and yet my knot does not look like that of Gosling's. What gives?


joe51 3 years ago

very easy way to tie a necktie. thanks for the demo.


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louromano 4 years ago

very attractive and creative.. thanks for sharing.


Shinar 4 years ago

I am a single mom and the actual video wasthe best help. My son is 5 and loves to wear ties to church and any other time he can. So I have to learn to tie so he can tie it.


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

I loved reading this! I know how to tie a tie with no issues, but I was curious when I read this title on how you explained it. I had to learn how to tie a tie for my boyfriend because he is clueless and for some reason it made sense to me and now I can do it in my sleep (since he often wakes me up to tie it for him)!! Very informative!


David 5 years ago

Thxxx so Thxx


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st lucia for sale 5 years ago from St Lucia

I always seem to get one part too long. Then I retie it, overcompensate, and the other part is too long!

Great guide


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mysisters 5 years ago

Great Hub. These are nice steps on how to tie a tie correctly. When I tie is tied correctly it just looks so much better.


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alexmar 5 years ago from St. Maarten

Up to this day I just can't tie my own tie. Will bookmark this page, so that the next time I can look it up...


Kate 6 years ago

This is a good post for women too, they of all people should know how to tie men's ties!


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Rismayanti 6 years ago from Tropical Island

very attractive and creative.. thanks for your afford


Rachel B. 6 years ago

This article is a wonderful help. I'll never have to fluster with how to tie that darn knot again!


rambo mambo 6 years ago

This is great.now i can teach to my childrens.more photos or videos if have.Thanks


diamond 7 years ago

Thanks a lot for that I learn how to tie necktie.


james lim 7 years ago

nice one.


thowfer 7 years ago

oh.. thanks a lot for the easy instruction....

yeahhh


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kbdunn 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

very easy guide. thanks


StrangeLittleBird 7 years ago

I never thought you could mix math with tying a tie, but two mathematitions from England, Thomas Fink and Yong Mao seems fit to publish a book titled "The 85 Ways To Tie a Tie"! Now that's a lot of variations!


kyaw zin linn  7 years ago

Great. Openly, I did not know there are many ways to tie a necktile.thanks


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