Learn How to Tie a Tie

Learn How to Tie a Tie

Who didn’t have problems at least once with tying a tie or a bow tie. That is why we thought it might be a good ideea to present a short article on how to tie a tie. So if you wish to learn how do you tie a tie we hope it will help as much as it helped us. So without further a due let’s get into it.

1. How to Tie a Windsor Knot

Most suitable for spread collar shirts, the Windsor Knot is one of the best known ways to tie a tie. Its features are represented by a thick, wide and tiangular tie knot. It is best used in formal meetings such as presentations or job interviews for it projects confidence. Even though it seems complicated its actually a very simple to do it.

  • Begin with the wide end. Extend it around 12 inches below the narrow end.
  • Cross the wide end over the narrow one.
  • Take the wide end up through the loop between the collar and your tie.
  • Bring the wide end down.
  • Continue by taking the wide end and pulling it underneath the narrow end, then to the right, back through the loop and again to the right. At this moment the wide should be inside out.
  • Take the wide end again and cross to the front from right to left.
  • Pull it through the loop again.
  • Lastly bring the wide end through the knot in front.

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2. How to Tie a Half Windsor Knot

The more modest version of the Windsor Knot, its main features are made of a symmetrical and triangular tie knot. It can be worn with any dress shirt. Best used alongside wider neckties made from light and medium fabrics.

  • Again you have to start by taking the wide end and lowering it 12 inches below the narrow end.
  • Cross the wide end over the narrow one.
  • Bring the wide end around and behind the narrow end.
  • Take the wide end up.
  • Pull it through the loop and towards the right.
  • Then bring it around front, over the narrow one from right to left.
  • Once more take the wide end and run it through the loop.
  • Then simply bring it down through the knot.
  • Finally simply tighten the knot and draw it up to the collar. Make sure to use both hands in this final stage.

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3. How to Tie a Four in Hand Knot

Characterized through its narrow, more discreet and less asymmetrical tie knot, the Four in Hand Knot is possibly the easiest way to tie a tie. It works very well with standard button down dress shirts. Another wonderful feature of this tie knot is that it can be worn by anyone. So let us see how it is done.

  • As always bring the wide end 12 inches lower than the narrow one.
  • Cross the wide over the narrow end.
  • Then take it and turn it back underneath the narrow end.
  • Bring the wide end over in the front of the narrow one again.
  • Pull it through a loop around your neck.
  • Then the front knot should be kept loose with the index finger while bringing the wide end down in through the front loop.
  • In the end just remove the finger and tighten the knot carefully to the collar. Hold the narrow end and just pull the knot upwards.

 

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4. How to Tie a Pratt Knot

Not as wide as the Windsor Knot yet tidy, the Pratt Knot is well suited for any dress shirt. It works well with wider neckties composed of light or medium fabric.

  • To do it first begin by lowering the wide end 12 inches lower than the narrow one.
  • Cross the wide undere the narrow end.
  • Take it over and under the narrow end.
  • Slowly pull the loop down and tighten it.
  • The wide should be taken over to the right.
  • Pull it up behind the loop.
  • Finish by bringing the wide end through the knot and gently tighten it.

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5. How to Tie a Bow Tie Knot

Here’s a special one for all of you who had difficulties on how to tie a bow in the past. The bow tie is used in formal and elegant appereances. Used at weddings for example alongside a tuxedo. It probably won’t be a good ideea to go to a job interview wearing a bow tie, unless maybe if you apply for a history teacher position. Here’s how to make a bow tie:

  • Put the bow tie around your neck. Leave the left part hanging two lower the the right end.
  • Cross the left end over the right one.
  • Take the left end up and under the loop.
  • To form the fron base loop of the bow tie simply take the right part and make a double end over itself.
  • The left part should be then looped over the center of the loop.
  • Continue by making a taking the left part and putting it through the loop behind the bow tie.
  • Finish by adjusting it and straightening the center knot.

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Although it might seem hard to tie a tie at first, it just requires a little bit of practice. There are many styles on how to tie a tie yet their functionality solely depends on the circumstances. A Windsor Knot is very formal, used in job interviews. A bow tie however is best used in formal, elegant gatherings such as a gala or a wedding.

Keep in mind to choose the type of tie knot according to where you wish to go. Whenever you have time, try to practice a little. As in any other situation, practice makes perfect. So do not get fustrated if it does not work from the beginning, simply try again.

This bring to an end our article on Learn How to Tie a Tie. We hoped it was most informative. Let us know how it worked or if you know any other tips feel free to share them with us. We always look forward to learn more.

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