Ties have been around in some way form or another since the 17th century. It has been noted by popular science that there are 177,147 Ways to tie a tie. Many are very similar with a slight change but for the most part, very similar. The fundamental aspect of wearing a tie is certainly the knot. If this is done with care and correct method, it is able to emphasize the characteristics of the necktie itself and can give a touch of refinement or, on the contrary, deteriorate the look. So be careful which knot you use for every different occasion.
So what is the perfect way to tie a knot? It all depends on the width of the tie, the fabric it is made out of and the consistency of the interior. After you choose your tie and have decided on a knot, you’re ready to go. Here is a list of the most common knots used:
We won’t go into detail on all of them, just the more commonly used knot. Well start with the Four in Hand Knot:
- Loop the tie around your collar. Thick end on the left, 3-4 inches lower than the thin end.
- Cross the thick end in front of the thin end.
- Wrap the thick end around behind the thin end and cross horizontally from right to left.
- Bring the thick end horizontally across the front of the knot from right to left. Slip a finger beneath this horizontal band.
- Turn the tip of the thick end upward and in, sliding it beneath the loop around your neck.
- Feed the thick end down through the loop you’ve held open with your finger.
- Pull the thick end all the way through the loop and snug the knot down tightly.
- Tighten the knot by holding it gently in one hand and tugging on the thin end with the other.
The four in hand knot is one of the most popular necktie knots for beginners to learn how to tie your tie. Not only is it easy to learn, but it’s also one of the oldest. It’s used in a more casual atmosphere. This knot requires less of the tie’s length, making it a great choice for tall men trying to tie a regular length tie.
A more formal knot is the half windsor knot. It’s a little more complicated but still fairly simple. Here are the step by step directions:
- Drape the necktie around your collar with the wide end on your right hanging down to your thigh and the thin end on the left at about your rib cage.
- Cross the wide end in front of the thin end from right to left, making an X-shape below your chin.
- Loop the wide end of the tie horizontally around and behind the thin end.
- Take the wide end over from the top and through the opening of the X and pull tight.
- Hold the wide end with your right hand and wrap it in front over the thin end, from your right to your left.
- Keeping the triangle intact with your left hand, bring the wide end towards your chest and from behind the loop, pass it over the X.
- Using the index finger of your left hand, open up the triangle that has now formed over the X and pull the wide end all the way through.
- To adjust the length, pull the knot up towards your collar while pulling the thin end of the tie down. You may need to adjust the horizontal loop to make sure it’s flat and even.
Just like the Four-In-Hand knot, the Half Windsor is most suited for guys just beginning to learn how to tie a tie. This knot is the perfect choice for medium-width and thick ties. It is the most versatile and popular tie knot.
Although there are many different techniques to tie a tie, these are two of the most common for beginners. Master these two then you can move on to the more complicated techniques. You’ll be perfectly fine and get by just knowing these two. It’s up to you how fancy you want to get. Happy learning!!!