Have you tried to knot a tie, only to end up with a horrible tangled tie? Starting with these instructions, a sharp-looking tie, a mirror and some patience, you can become an expert in tying a fabulous tie. Because there are several different ways to tie a tie, we've listed several methods, starting with the easiest tie to tie.
Method One: Four-in-Hand Knot
Method Two: Half Windsor Knot
Choose the Half Windsor as an alternative to the Four-in-Hand method of tying a tie. The knot is bigger, resembles a triangle, and is considered to be more distinguished than the four-in-hand (but not as distinguished as the full Windsor). Most men tend to prefer the half Windsor because it isn't as bulky to wear.
Method Three: Traditional Windsor knot
- Choose the traditional Windsor knot as a more formal alternative to the Half Windsor. The Duke of Windsor started the trend for this knot back in the 1930s. It has remained popular to this day because it projects a statement that suggests the wearer is elegant and has confidence. It's more dignified than the Four-in-Hand knot, but a little harder to tie. This knot should be worn with a spread collar.
Method Four: Pratt Knot
Try exploring with different sizes to get the hang of it.
- Look in a mirror while doing this.
- There are different types of knots you can tie, some of which are more appropriate to formal occasions (like the Windsor knot), while others are casual.
- Make a mnemonic device to help you remember, such as the word Ouat, which is an acronym for over, under, around and through.
- To make a dimple, hold the top blade on both edges and then pull it down gently until the top blade starts to tighten. A slight convex should appear close to the knot. Use your thumb and forefinger to press the bottom of the knot into a V-shape and the convex will deepen to form the dimple.
- In general, the wide end of the tie should hang twice as low as the narrow end.
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