How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

If you've never tied a man's necktie, you may gape in wonder as you watch an experienced businessman whip the ends of his about, without even a glance in the mirror. The art of tying a tie lies simply in practice. Here are instructions for tying the three most popular styles with ease.

The Four-in-Hand Knot

This asymmetrical method of tying is slightly youthful, jaunty, and casual. Some call it "the schoolboy." Very easy to execute, and a great choice for button-down shirts. This style works best with heavier-weight fabrics and wider cuts.

1 Drape the necktie around your neck. The wide end should drop down about a foot below the narrow end of the tie.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

2 Now, cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

3 Turn the wide end back underneath the narrow end.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

4 Continue by bringing the wide end back over in front of the narrow end once again.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

5 Pull the wide end up and through the loop around your neck.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

6 Hold the front of the knot loosely with your index finger and bring the wide end down and through the front loop.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

7 Remove your finger and tighten the knot carefully to the collar by holding the narrow end and sliding the knot up.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

The Half-Windsor Knot

This is the junior version of the windsor knot. This triangular and symmetrical shape is best used with dress shirts and light- to medium-weight fabrics. For shirts with standard collars, it's a safe and traditional choice.

1 Drape the necktie around your neck. The wide end should drop down about a foot below the narrow end. Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

2 Bring the wide end of the tie around and to the back of the narrow end.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

3 Push the wide end up and pull it down through the hole between your collar and tie.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

4 Bring the wide end around the front, over the narrow end, from right to left.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

5 Bring the wide end up and back through the loop again.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

6 Pull the wide end down through the knot in front.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

7 Tighten the knot and center it with both hands.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

The Windsor Knot

A bold, thick, and symmetrical knot, this style has long been associated with confidence and power. This knot pairs best with a wide-spread collar and is appropriate for important events like job interviews and work presentations, as well as formal events like business dinners and awards ceremonies.

1 Drape the necktie around your neck. The wide end should drop down about a foot below the narrow end. Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

2 Bring the wide end of the tie up through the hole between your collar and the tie, then, pull it down toward the front.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

3 Pull the wide end to the back of the narrow end, and then to the right.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

4 Take the wide end back through the loop one more time. You will have a triangle now, where the necktie's knot will ultimately be.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

5 Wrap the wide end around the triangle by pulling that end from right to left.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

6 Bring the wide end up through the loop a third time.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

7 Pull the wide end through the knot in the front.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

8 Tighten the knot and center it with both hands.

How to Tie a Tie: 3 Easy Tie Knots

Famous for their perfect dimple, Windsor knots came about in the early 20th century when the fashionable Duke of Windsor (briefly King Edward VIII) inspired their creation.

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