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How to Tie a Tie

Knowing how to tie a tie is a skill that every man has to master some time in their life. Whether you've been wearing clip-on ties, have been asking for help, or only know one knot and want to learn a few other options, it’s a good idea to learn to tie a tie confidently. Knowing how to tie a men's tie the right way adds the finishing touch to your outfit. Learn to tie these four different styles, so you look dapper during all occasions.


Windsor Knot

The Windsor, otherwise referred to as double Windsor, is the basic go-to knot for most men. Wear this style of knot to interviews, meetings and other semi-formal events.

Step 1 Pop Your Collar and Wrap the Tie around Your Neck

Make sure that only about 3 to 4 inches are on the left side. The wide, front end of the tie should be on your right side. The skinny end of your tie should be on the left.

Step 2: Cross the Right Side (Wide) Over the Left (Narrow)

Right now, it should look like an X shape. Some ties have a mark to let you know where to cross the tie.

Step 3: Loop the Right Side around the Left Side and Bring it Back Through to the Front

This will form a V-shaped loop, which should be placed about where you initially crossed the two sides in the previous step.

Step 4: Bring the Wide End to the Right, Crossing Underneath the Narrow End, and Then Bring it Back around the V-Shaped Loop at the Neck

This back side of the wide end of your tie should be facing outward, and this step will create the inner part of your knot.

Step 5: Take the Wide End and Cover the Inner Knot by Crossing Over it to the Right Side then Back Under to the Left

Doing this will cover up the V-shaped knot with a horizontal loop of fabric.

Step 6: Pull the Wide End Down and Through the Front Loop You Just Made

Carefully tighten the knot to the correct length below your collar, and fold the collar down.


Half-Windsor Knot

When you want the look and feel of the Windsor, but don't want as much bulk or effort, go with the half-Windsor knot. It looks similar and takes less time while still achieving that pulled-together look.

Step 1: Wrap the Tie around Your Neck as if You Were Going to Make a Windsor Knot

The wide end of the tie should be on the right side and the narrow end on the left.

Step 2: Cross the Right Side Over the Left to Create an X Shape

Once the wide end is on the left, bring it behind and over the thin side at where the sides cross at the neck.

 

Step 2: Cross the right side over the left to create an X shape.

Once the wide end is on the left, bring it behind and over the thin side at where the sides cross at the neck.

 

Step 2: Cross the right side over the left to create an X shape.

Once the wide end is on the left, bring it behind and over the thin side at where the sides cross at the neck.

Step 3: Cross the Wide End Over the Front of the Loop from the Left to the Right

This is will form the horizontal front loop that is typically the last step of the double Windsor knot.

Step 4: Bring the Wide End up Through the Neckline and Then Down Through the Horizontal Loop

Make sure you tighten up the knot and fold down your collar.

 

Step 4: Bring the wide end up through the neckline and then down through the horizontal loop.

Tighten up the knot and fold down your collar.

 

Step 4: Bring the wide end up through the neckline and then down through the horizontal loop.

Tighten up the knot and fold down your collar.


Four-in-Hand Knot

This style is one of the easiest ways to tie a necktie. It's the perfect knot if you're in a hurry or want to wear a tie with a dress shirt and pair of men's jeans. The four-in-hand is considered a casual knot and isn't appropriate for formal occasions.

Step 1: Pop Your Collar and Hang the Tie around Your Neck

The wider end should be on the right and the skinny side should be on the left with the tie label facing inwards.

Step 2: Take the Wide End and Wrap it 1 ½ Times around the Thin End of the Tie

If you're of short stature, wrap it two and a half times to accommodate for the length of the tie. The wide end should be on the left, over the narrow end.

Step 3: Pull the Wide End up Through the Neckline Behind the Knot and Down Through the Front Side of the Loop

Your four-in-hand knot should have a rectangular shape as you pull it tight. If it looks good, finish adjusting it and fold down your collar.


Pratt Knot

The Pratt knot, otherwise referred to as the Shelby, is similar to the Windsor but doesn't take as long to make. Unlike the four-in-hand, the Pratt is suitable fornearly all occasions, both semi-formal and formal.

Step 1: Start with the Label Facing Away from Your Body

Unlike the other knots, you will start with the back of the tie facing outward.However, just like the other knots, you still want to keep the fat side of the tie on your right.

Step 2: Cross the Wide End Under the Narrow End so the Wide Side is on the Left Side.

Doing this should form an X shape.

Step 3: Loop the Wider End Over the Neckline and Back Down so it Hangs Behind the Narrow Side

You'll see the inner part of the knot starting to form.

Step 4: Cross the Larger End Over to the Left and Bring it Up Through the Neckline Again

Keep your four right fingers inside this loop to hold it in place, and then tuck the large end of the tie down and through the loop.

Step 5: Tighten the Knot to Your Liking

Once the tie is tight, smooth it out and fold down your collar.