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Tie Your Tie

Updated on July 3, 2014

The Finishing Touch

A necktie is the finishing touch to any suit. The variety of colors goes on forever. When tastefully executed a bold tie can spice up an old suit or show your classy side with high contrast. Don't be shy when it comes to choosing your tie!

Where Did the Tie Come From?

Necktie's originated somewhere around the 17th century. They were first on the scene as la cravate, a piece of cloth worn by mercenaries to secure their coats closed. La cravate were short and poofy; a fluffy bow tie would be a good definition.

Their popularity grew over time and so did their length. The bow tie was reserved for formal wear, but the tie was used for everyday fashion.

Four in hand is the original knot used to secure the tie. Since those early beginnings many different knots have been used. The four in hand is still a very popular knot, so is the windsor and the shell knot.

If you're interested in the latest fashion in tying ties check out for some extraordinary knots that are on the cutting edge of necktie fashion!

Of the three tie knots below which do you prefer?

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Four in Hand

Four in Hand
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Four in Hand

Tie A (pictured above and full shot at the right) is the Four in Hand. This is the most commonly used knot for a necktie. It is easy to twist this knot but it tends to leave the tie off kilter a bit. Pulling on the larger end of the tie only exacerbates the problem and the smaller end (underneath) only tightens and loosens the piece that goes around your neck. Good knot, but there are better.

Shell Knot

Shell Knot - My personal favorite.
Shell Knot - My personal favorite.

Shell Knot

Tie B (pictured above and full to the right) this is the shell knot, one of my favorites. This is a very simple knot to tie and stays nice. The lines are parallel and the stay parallel throughout the day.

Half Winsor

Half Winsor - This knot tends to morph into a square as the day goes on (inset)
Half Winsor - This knot tends to morph into a square as the day goes on (inset)

Half Winsor

Tie C (pictured above and at the right in full) - The half winsor has a fancy name, for what I believe, to be an average knot. It has more moves to make than the four in hand or the shell knot and it ends up slightly lopsided every time. As the day wears on the half windsor tends to become square.

The half winsors, cousin to the winsor, I attempted, but there was nothing I could do to make it easy or look nice. So we won't be talking about that knot.

The video's below have instructions as well as pictures to help you with your necktie knot. Just choose the video that is titled with the knot you wish to tie and then follow along. You may get it the first time, if not just play it again! After you've tied a necktie knot a couple of ties you'll know it by heart! Then you can learn another knot if you like!

Tie the Four in Hand Knot

Tie the Shell Knot

The Half Winsor


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