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How To Tie A Tie — Learning About The 5 WhatKnots

Updated on August 29, 2016

How To Tie A Tie

Worried that you could end up embarrassing yourself at your next interview or a social event as you don’t know the basics of tying a tie? You think you will end tied up as you are not well versed on which knot to tie with a tie?

Well, there is ’knot-tying’ to worry about, for we are to help you out. This even rhymes!

1. Tying a Tie- How to Tie a Windsor Knot

Inspired by Duke of Windsor’s knot style, this is somewhat an advanced way of tying a tie. Being one of those elegant broader knots, Windsor knot goes with shirts having wide spread collars. Therefore it is ideal for presentation, job interviews etc. How to proceed with tying a tie?

Step 1: The broader end of your tie should be hanging twice as low as its narrower end and should be on your anatomical right.

Step 2: Cross the two hanging sides of the tie, with the wider one on top of the narrower overhanging.

Step 3: You can now see a neck loop been created with the two sides of the tie crossed over. Hold the wider end and bring it through the existing loop, starting from the back - a forward summersault.

Step 4: Shift the brought through wider end to your anatomical right.

Step 5: Now move your wider end to your anatomical left, from around the back of your narrower tie end.

Step 6: Repeat step 3, but this time looping from the front and position your wider end towards your anatomical left.

Step 7: Now move that wider end across the front to your anatomical right and repeat step 3.

Step 8: When you are finished with step 7, you will notice a newly created pocket infront. Move your wider end through it once you have brought it forward through the neck loop.

Step 9: Grip your narrower end and adjust your knot and the tie length according to what suits you.


Windsor Knot Instructions
Windsor Knot Instructions

1. Tying a Tie - How to Tie a Half Windsor Knot

The half brother of Windsor Knot is actually three-quarter the size of its elder sibling. It is used when you the thickness of the neck tie is between medium and light. How to proceed with tying a tie?

Step 1: The broader end of your tie should be hanging twice as low as its narrower end and should be on your anatomical right.

Step 2: Cross the two hanging sides of the tie, with the wider one on top of the narrower overhanging.

Step 3: Move the wider end to your anatomical left

Step 4: You can now see a neck loop been created with the two sides of the tie crossed over. Hold the wider end and bring it through the existing loop, starting from the front. Almost like a backward summersault.

Step 5: Shift the brought through wider end to your anatomical right.

Step 6: Now move that wider end across the front to your anatomical left and repeat step 4. The only modification that you need to do while repeating step 4 is start the turnover of the wider end from the back – the forward summersault.

Step 7: Once you complete step 6, you will observe a knot pocket in front. Pass the wider end through it.

Step 8: Grip your narrower end and adjust your knot and the tie length according to what suits you.

How to tie a Half Windsor Knot
How to tie a Half Windsor Knot

1. Tying a Tie – How to Tie an Eldredge Knot

Invented by Jeffrey Eldridge in 2007, this unconventional knot does not only appear distinctive visually but also in the way it’s tied up. Even broader than the Windsor Knot, it is suitable to be worn in parties. How to proceed with tying a tie?

Step 1: The broader end of your tie should be at the level of your belt buckle, hanging by your anatomical right.

Step 2: Cross the two hanging sides of the tie, with the narrower one on top of the wider overhanging.

Step 3: After crossing over, swiftly move it under the wider end of your tie and to your anatomical left.

Step 4: You can now see a neck loop been created with the two sides of the tie crossed over. Hold the narrower end and bring it through the neck loop, starting from the front. Almost like a backward summersault.

Step 5: Shift the brought through narrower end to your anatomical right.

Step 6: Now move that narrower end across the front to your anatomical left and repeat step 4. The only modification that you need to do while repeating step 4 is start the turnover of the narrower end from the back – the forward summersault.

Step 7: With the narrower end brought through the neck loop, move it to your anatomical left from the back of your wider end. As you do that you will notice another cut loop being created, through which you can pull off your narrower end across the front of your tie.

Step 8: Reverse flip the narrower end across the neck loop from the front of the tie and then roll it back through the neck loop from across the front and to your anatomical left.

Step 9: The previous step creates another loop, through which pass your narrower end and hoof it behind the right of your collar to hide it.

Step 10: Adjust your knot by holding the wider end.

How to tie an Eldredge Knot
How to tie an Eldredge Knot

1. Tying a Tie – How to Tie a Trinity Knot:

Trinity knot is for the people with triangle, oval or diamond face cut and seems to complement tuxedo, classic and spread collar types. It gives a sharp and elegant look. How to proceed with tying a tie?

Step 1: The broader end of your tie should be at the level of your belt buckle, hanging by your anatomical right.

Step 2: Cross your narrower end to your right, over the other broader end

Step 3: Bring it through the neck loop from underneath your broader end.

Step 4: After looping it through, move it to your anatomical left from underneath the broader end.

Step 5: Pull it again through the neck loop, starting from the front and down to your anatomical right.

Step 6: Move it across the front to your left, creating a pocket and slide it inside the pocket after bringing it through from the back of your neck loop.

Step 7: The slipped through narrower end should then be spiraled to your left from behind the wider end.

Step 8: This creates another pocket, through which the narrower end should slide upwards and moved to your right.

Step 9: Adjust the knot by holding the wider end and hide the smaller end to the left behind the neck loop.

How to Tie a Trinity Knot
How to Tie a Trinity Knot

1. Tying a Tie – How To Tie a Four in Hand Knot

One of the most used knots - this tie knot is sure to be the easiest knot in your life. It is just by Army and Navy it can be worn with vests, cardigans and suits. Many use it in a professional setting. How to proceed with tying a tie?

Step 1: Bring the broader part of the tie a crossed the front of the narrow part.

Step 2: Bring the broader part of the tie behind the narrow part to your left.

Step 3: Bring the broader part around the front of narrow part of tie.

Step 4: Bring the broader part of the tie behind the backside of tie.

Step 5: Move the narrower end across to your anatomical left, creating a flap in the process.

Step 6: Bring the broader part thru the loop in the front of the tie and adjust to length.

How to tie a Four in Hand Knot
How to tie a Four in Hand Knot

Long Live the Ties

They make you look cooler, trendier and more professional – ties have an unmatched swagger. And the best thing about them is: They are there to be worn with everything as long as you wear anything and something.

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      2 years ago from Tallahassee FL

      Don't forget to add a dimple to let everyone know how classy & sophisticated you are.

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