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Dress Tips For Men – How to Tie a Tie (Using the Windsor Knot)

Updated on February 15, 2009

How to Tie a Tie Using the Windsor Knot:


There are going to be occasions when you must wear a tie

If you have never tied your own tie before, now is the time to learn how. Don't think that a clip-on tie is acceptable - it isn't.

If you are going on a job interview or meeting with prospective new clients at an important business conference, chances are someone will notice that you are wearing a clip-on tie. You need to know how to tie your own tie.

There are actually a few different ways in which a tie can be knotted.

The most common is called the Windsor Knot.

This is the thick, wide triangular-shaped knot that you have seen on nearly everyone wearing a tie.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to tie a Windsor Knot:

1. Stand in front of a mirror in a button-down shirt. Place the tie around your neck with one end hanging on each side of your neck. The wide end of the tie needs to hang about 12 inches longer than the narrow end of the tie, so adjust the tie as necessary until this is the case. Place the wide end of the tie on top of the narrow end, forming an "X" on your chest.

2. Next, take the wide end of the tie in your hand and bring it up under the "X" and through the loop between the collar of your shirt and the tie. (This loop is the top of the "X.") Let the wide end of the tie come back down to where it was previously.

3. Pull the wide end of the tie behind the "X" (under the narrow end of the tie) to the right. Take it back through the loop and to the right again so that the wide end of the tie is now showing inside-out.

4. Now bring the wide end of the tie across the front of the "X" from right to left.

5. Bring the wide end of the tie back up behind the "X" and through the loop between the collar of your shirt and the tie (the same loop at the top of the "X" again).

6. Take the wide end of the tie and pull it down through the loop that now exists in the front of the tie.

7. Finally, use both of your hands and tighten the knot very carefully as you adjust the tie so that it is snug at the neck.

Of course, the very first time you tie your own tie, it probably won't look very good.

You may even mess up a few times, making mistakes on the steps or misinterpreting the steps.

However, any many can tell you that learning to expertly tie a tie takes a great deal of practice-no one can perfectly tie a tie his first time trying. So, you need to keep trying and keep practicing - over and over again.

Soon enough, you will be able to tie a tie with your eyes closed!

Tie the 'Windsor' knot

Tie the 'Half Windsor' knot


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