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An Ultimate Guide to the Eldredge tie knot

Updated on July 31, 2013

Eldredge Tie Knot

The History of the Eldredge tie knot

So, who is the man this tie knot is named after? Nothing very special is known about Mr. Eldredge, and Wikipedia doesn't cover this topic, either. He is known to have invented this amazing tie knot which gained popularity all over the world.

It is known, though, that Mr. Eldredge was seeking for some new original ways to tie his own tie and accidentally, or to the contrary, as a natural result, he gained what he named 'the Eldredge knot' after.

So, a wide collection of existing tie knots was enriched by one more extravagant but yet elegant tie knot.


The Eldredge tie knot and dress-code

Speaking about dress-code, we must distinguish between formal and informal style in their broad sense. Formal dress code usually refers to formal business wear which is necessary in the business environment and a conservative workplace. Informal style means casual wear, sporty and trendy outfit, 'smart casual' style and street wear as well.

Most men know that some tie knots such as Windsor, Half-Windsor or Simple Double are traditional tie knots for the formal business dress. These tie knots do the job - they serve to decorate the man but don't attract much attention and don't break up the whole ensemble.

Some other knots such as the Diagonal knot which has an unusual diagonal pattern are better chosen for less formal events such as a corporate party or a friendly meeting in a pub. Or, for example, the Onassis tie knot which makes a really bold impression. These tie knots are better suited to informal style or casual wear when so strict rules apply.

Speaking about the Eldredge tie knot, it is evident that it is a novelty tie knot, which has to win its place in the sun. Its appearance definitely puts it on a par with tie knots appropriate at festive occasions and evening entertainments rather that at work or business meetings.

Thus, before wearing the Eldredge tie knot for work, study the dress code of your company. If it is 'business casual' or 'smart casual' then you have freedom to choose any tie knot and complement your outfit with any accessories until they look descent and suitable.

If your company tends to have a conservative look on many things including the dress code, you'd better refrain from wearing the Eldredge tie knot at work. The same holds true if you work in law offices or the financial sector offices. It is hard to imagine a lawyer wearing some unconventional outfit or accessories. Usually, the chastity in style is offset by the high cost of such things.

Spread Collar Shirts are Perfect for the Eldredge Knot

The Eldredge knot shape and appropriate collar types

it is known that tie knots differ from each other in shape, structure and manner of tying. It is the manner of tying, or a tying method, that determines how the tie knot will look and of which shape it will be. Some knots are small and some are big, some knots turn out narrow and others wide, some have a triangular and some a rectangular shape.

Let's describe the Eldredge tie knot.

  1. It is triangular and wide.
  2. It is rather big.
  3. It requires either a long or extra long tie depending on the person's height.

According to the above features, the Eldredge tie knot is very similar to the Windsor knot, which is big, triangular and conspicuous. Thus, the best collar type to choose for the Eldrede tie knot is the same as for the Windsor knot, that is, collars with a wide apread. Avoid standard and turndown collars, as the knot will slightly raise the collar corners.

Tie Pattern and Prints: Pick Carefully

Carefully choose the tie pattern when tying the Eldredge knot

A word must be said about tie fabric and pattern.

The Eldredge tie knot is a very complicated knot in terms of its structure. Unlike classic tie knots, it's not purely triangular in shape, it has a beautiful interlacing in front like a maiden's braid. So, only carefully selected ties will look good with this knot.

Special requirements for the tie fabric and colors:

  • Choose plain colors and fabrics, like pure gray, red, brown, pink or gold, the color must emphazise the unusual pattern of the knot.
  • Avoid striped, plaid and checkered ties, otherwise, the beautiful design of the knot will be supressed.
  • It is acceptable to use ties with smaller patterns or prints. Avoid heavy pattern ties and novely prints.

Prefer silk ties which are thin, as sick ties made of wool, cotton, cashmere are not suitable for tying this knot. They will be too bulky, and you will not definitely like a bulb at your neck.

All in all, follow a simple rule of proper combination: the more complicated structure a piece of clothing has, the simpler and quiter colors and prints must be.

The Eldredge Knot Tying Instruction Step by Step with Pictures

Step 1. Place the tie around your neck. Make sure that the wide end touches your belt in the middle.
Step 1. Place the tie around your neck. Make sure that the wide end touches your belt in the middle.
Step 2. Squeeze the tie at the neck and make a dimple.
Step 2. Squeeze the tie at the neck and make a dimple.
Step 3. Cross the ends so that the narrow end is on top.
Step 3. Cross the ends so that the narrow end is on top.
Step 4. Swing the narrow end behind the wide end holding the ends tightly.
Step 4. Swing the narrow end behind the wide end holding the ends tightly.
Step 5. Go up with the narrow end and bring it through the loop and towards the right shoulder.
Step 5. Go up with the narrow end and bring it through the loop and towards the right shoulder.
Step 6.  Bring the narrow end over the center in front and go up through the middle from the inside of the loop.
Step 6. Bring the narrow end over the center in front and go up through the middle from the inside of the loop.
Step 7. Pull the narrow end to secure the knot tightly.
Step 7. Pull the narrow end to secure the knot tightly.
Step 8. Bring the narrow end behind the wide end to the left.
Step 8. Bring the narrow end behind the wide end to the left.
Step 9. Making the upper knot loose enough, push the narrow end through the loop on top.
Step 9. Making the upper knot loose enough, push the narrow end through the loop on top.
Step 10. Pull the narrow end till the knot is tight.
Step 10. Pull the narrow end till the knot is tight.
Step 11. Pass the narrow end behind the loop.
Step 11. Pass the narrow end behind the loop.
Step 12. Swing the narrow end up in front again and by passing it through the middle bring it down to the left.
Step 12. Swing the narrow end up in front again and by passing it through the middle bring it down to the left.
Step 13. Keep the knot loose enough and go through the loop on top, pull through and tighten the knot.
Step 13. Keep the knot loose enough and go through the loop on top, pull through and tighten the knot.
Step 14. Hide the narrow end of the tie behind your loop.
Step 14. Hide the narrow end of the tie behind your loop.
Step 15. The task is almost complete now. Just lower the corners of your collar, arrange the knot properly to fit the collar spread and voila! You've done that!
Step 15. The task is almost complete now. Just lower the corners of your collar, arrange the knot properly to fit the collar spread and voila! You've done that!

The Eldridge Knot Tips and Tricks

  • This knot is very convenient for tying. When placing the tie around your neck, secure the length of the tie. As all manipulations are made with the help of the narrow end, the wide end will remain untouched. And you won't have any problems with finding the right length.
  • The most preferred tie fabric is natural silk. Such ties are rather expensive, but they keep the shape of the knot and are very long-wearing.

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A list of most appropriate occasions when you can tie the Eldredge tie knot

So, let's number a few most appropriate occasions when you can tie the Eldredge tie knot.

  • A corporate party
  • A friend's wedding
  • Going out to a restaruant
  • A stag party
  • A birthday party
  • A prom
  • A cocktail party

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      Dixie 

      2 years ago from Texas

      I think that you will find this link interesting, it is an interview with the inventor of the Eldredge tie knot! Thank You for such an informative page, all the very best to you. :) Dixie

      https://youtiquebridal.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/je...

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      Waqas Ahmad 

      3 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan

      Nice infographics, people will sure understand how to knot ties as illustrated in photos.

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      Albab 

      5 years ago

      Great work...

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      Albert Drett 

      5 years ago

      Thank you!

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      Ramil 

      5 years ago

      Interesting..

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