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The Best Unusual Tie Knots for Men's Style
6 of the most stylish, eyecatching knots
Ties come in all styles, but an unusual tie knot can be extra stylish and eye catching - especially one like the Eldredge or Trinity that you'll learn here. Men don't have much room to move when it comes to dressing up - women can wear blouses and dresses in all styles, colors and patterns but a guy is stuck with a solid color suit, solid color shirt, and a tie. These cool tie knots are fashionable and eye catching, and you can use them for different occasions to match your personal style.
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This makes the necktie is one of the best ways for a man to make a statement about his style. In this article we'll go through the best, most unusual tie knots and how to tie them and when to wear them.
The knot pictured here is the Eldredge Knot, and it's included in the list of knots you'll learn to tie on this page. Click here to jump down the page to the Eldredge knot.
Includes instructions for the Eldredge, Ediety, Trinity, Han/Cape, and Atlantic knots. You can also visit my website AwesomeTieKnots.com for more information and newsletter signup.
Something to keep in mind:
Note: It may help to get a cheap silk tie for practice before you buy a good quality tie to attempt these knots with. I've ruined some perfectly nice, good quality neckties simply by practicing these same knots. So practice, but save a tie and buy a cheap silk one first. Buy a solid color to practice with because you'll be able to see where to tweak your tying, and you'll also see the knot better.
The Timeless Classic - Not As Popular As You Think
Bear with me on this one. The Windsor knot is actually not as common as you think, and we'll make very good use of the Windsor knot later on. The Windsor is like the granddaddy of tie knots.
If you can tie a good Windsor you will be able to master basically any tie knot relatively quickly. The principles of tie knot tying are embodied in the Windsor.
We're talking about the Full Windsor knot here, not its slightly askew sibling the Half Windsor.
Tying the Windsor
Y&G Ties: Tie Up Something Unique
Y&G is one of three necktie makers I can recommend (along with Lorenzo Cana and Paul Malone). Good quality with a good price. These ties will last you through many years of unique tie knots.
These ties included here also ship with a matching pair of cufflinks for formal occasions.
Eye Catching and Thoroughly Modern
The Trinity tie knot is perhaps the most eye-catching of these unusual necktie knots. So named because of it's triple tucks that resemble the Celtic-looking Triquetra knot, the Trinity is one of the boldest tie knots you can learn.
The Trinity knot can require a bit more patience to learn, and unlike most other tie knots, it is also tied somewhat loosely, which can be hard to remember when you're learning it, and may at first bring a little frustration and need more patience to master.
Tying the Trinity
Clean, Complex & Tasteful
Named after it's now well-liked originator, the tasteful Jeffrey Eldredge, the Eldredge knot is going to be one of your favorites once you learn it. I first learned the original Eldredge, which is a bit less polished than this, the revised Eldredge - the revised is also a cleaner result. I've included a link to the original below the video so you can get a grasp of where it came from.
A note on the Eldredge is that it works best with a solid color tie, which emphasizes the pattern of the knot. You can also try striped tie, but wider stripes will diminish the impact of the knot. Patterns make the knot less easy to notice and the whole purpose of tying an unusual knot will be lost.
Here's a link to the original Eldredge video, the one that started it all.
Tying the Eldredge
Paul Malone Ties: Great Quality, Great Style, Great Price
Popularized in the Matrix Reloaded
The Ediety Knot, which uses both wide and thin ends of the tie for a dramatic fashion statement, was popularized by Lambert Wilson's character The Merovingian in the second Matrix film. For this reason you'll not uncommonly hear the knot referred to as the Merovingian Knot in the same context.
This is where the Windsor comes back in. The Ediety Knot is basically an inside-out, backwards Windsor knot - you flip the tie around and then tie it exactly the same way you tie the Full Windsor. It's an ingenious twist on an old classic.
Tying the Ediety
Simple, Tasteful and Neo-Formal
The Han knot is a very sharp knot and perfect for a classic, formal occasion. The knot is named for it's originator, Henry Hu. Hu also demonstrates on his YouTube channel how to incorporate a second piece for a very unusual two-toned knot.
Hu mistakenly calls this knot the Ediety, but does admit that it's a simplified version. However, don't get confused: The two knots may bear some similarity but are otherwise very different knots.
Tying the Han
Lorenzo Cana Ties: Top Quality All the Way Around
This is my favorite brand of necktie. The ties are hand made of 100% Italian silk. When I first found Lorenzo Cana ties on eBay, I was regularly finding them for a good price... now the prices on these ties have gone up a bit, but the quality is still bar none.
High quality construction, fabric, and very eye catching patterns. The fabric on most Lorenzo Cana ties has an iridescent quality - the pictures don't show this quality.
Revitalizing a Classic From the Turn of the 20th Century
The Cross, or sometimes The Christensen, knot is a very subtle, but still very unique, tie knot. It bears a strong resemblance to the traditional knots like the Victoria Knot - but the additional band across the front adds depth and detail.
The Cross tie knot is very suitable way to add some sparkle an occasion where a more noticeable knot might not be appropriate, such attending a memorial service.
Originally popular shortly after the turn of the 20th century (hello, stiff collars!), this knot is a subtle twist on the typical tie knot.
Tying the Cross
Awesome Tie Knots: The Book - Step-by-step Instructions for Tying the 6 Most Awesome Tie Knots
Awesome Tie Knots (awesometieknots.com) is the only book on the market that teaches you how to tie the knots in this article: The Eldredge, Ediety, Han/Cape, Trinity, Windsor, and includes the Atlantic as well.
Chapter 1 includes some interesting history of the tie and tie knots as well for a better understanding. Chapter 2 shows how to match a knot to a tie - so you don't end up basically hiding the knot in the pattern of the tie.
Finally, a Resources chapter gives you links to video resources so you can watch exactly how to tie them also.
Each knot has a dedicated chapter, with each one including tips for tying it better and written and illustrated step-by-step instructions. The illustrations even include "in between steps" so you know exactly what's going on.
A Knot for Every Occasion
Try to Match the Knot With the Occasion
Remember to match a tie knot for an occasion - more traditional knots for solemn occasions and more unusual knots for times when you can be more outgoing.
Tying a good tie knot is kind of a lost art - it used to be dad passed his favorite knot down to his son, and so on. With all the informal dress nowadays knowing how to tie a necktie is like an art form that is past it's Golden Era. These knots bring it back, without being boring.
These 6 best unusual tie knots are sure to keep you busy - and stylish - for a long time to come.
The Perfect Practice Tie - Recommended on Amazon
Practicing tie knots can take a great deal of patience and a cheap tie you're not afraid to mess up. I've picked one of the best ties for practicing these knots with... the solid color makes it great because you can see the pattern of the knots better and you can also see where and how to tweak the knot to improve it's form.
We're not worried about price and quality right now, just having something to practice with that will stand up to a lot of knots!
The Handbooks of Tying Your Tie - Learn All the Classic Knots with these 'Tie Knot Manuals'
If you're after more traditional, less eye-catching tie knots, these are books that will not let you down - giving you the basic knots as well as lesser-known but still classic shape tie knots.