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How to Tie a Tie - The Belly Button Tip

Updated on March 19, 2012

How to tie a tie

In this article, I will teach you how to tie a tie by walking you through detailed steps as well as presenting clear illustrations for you to follow a long with.

When you tie a tie with the windsor knot, it not only looks professional and helps increase your chances of succeeding in business, but it also projects confidence.

Let's get started on how to tie a tie below.

How to Tie a Tie
How to Tie a Tie

Step 1

Start by popping your collar and wrapping your tie around your neck so that the tip of the large tip of the tie (point W) is about down to a little past you belly button and the smaller tip (point N) of your tie is just a bit past your nipple on the other side.

You may have to play around with adjusting the tie a bit, till you get it just right. When you are finished, it should look like the depiction on the right hand side of this paragraph.

How to Tie a Tie
How to Tie a Tie

Step 2

Cross the wider end of the tie across the narrower end of the tie. The wider end should be touching just to the side of right above your belly button.  The narrower end should be pulled across under the wide end and resting on top of your buttons.

How to Tie a Tie
How to Tie a Tie

Step 3

Pull the wide end of the tie up and underneath the narrower end, like shown in the picture to the right.  Wrap it the wide end around the narrower end and pull the tip of the wider end up and through the top.

How to Tie a Tie
How to Tie a Tie

Step 4

After you have pulled the wider end up and around the narrow end, as instructed in Step 3, pull the wider end back down and over the top of the narrower end, so the wider end is wrapping around the narrower end twice.

I know it's confusing to read, which is why I am providing an illustration to the right.

How to Tie a Tie
How to Tie a Tie

Step 5

Pull the wide end underneath the narrow end from left to right, so the wide end is inside out.

This part is a little tricky, so pay close attention to the picture on the right to make sure you're doing it correctly.

How to Tie a Tie
How to Tie a Tie

Step 6

Pull the wide end across the front, from right to left, so the that the wider end comes back around, wrapping around the narrower end one more time, and is sticking to the left.

How to Tie a Tie
How to Tie a Tie

Step 7

Pull the wide end up through the loop again, like you did in Step 3.  This step should be pretty simple and straight forward.

How to Tie a Tie
How to Tie a Tie

Step 8

Bring the wide end down through the knot on the front of the tie.

Then, using both hands, tighten it up carefully and pull the knot up to the collar.

You may want to take a minute and straighten it out, perfecting it just a bit before your done.

How to Tie a Tie
How to Tie a Tie

You're finished!

That should be about it!  Take a look in the mirror and make sure it's straight and perfect, once again.  Now you should be all set for a nice romantic date at an expensive restaurant, a job interview, a business meeting, a funeral or you name it!


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      7 years ago

      Great instructions and visuals, Jared!


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