Tie a Necktie

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Neckties come in an endless array of colors and designs. They are a great way to accessorize for a male, but are also a quick addition to a suit that takes you from business casual to full corporate or formal dress in just a few minutes...as long as you know how to tie one.

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Step by Step Instructions For Tying Your Necktie

Tying a knot in your necktie is something of a lost art these days, but it's one that everyone should know. Below we are going to take you through four classic knots so you can go from everyday to elegant in just a few short moments.

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How to Tie the Windsor Knot

The classic Windsor Knot is sometimes also referred to as the Double Windsor.

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    First of all, make sure that you have a long necktie, almost 50 percent longer than a standard tie, to perform this knot.
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    Put the tie on your neck with the right hand side being the wider end
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    It should extend about a foot below on the narrow side.
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    Fold the wider side over the narrow side and pull it up in a loop
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    You should already be able to see one knot at this stage.
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    Now put the wide end over the narrow part again and bring it back through the loop
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    This is essentially the same thing again.
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    The next step is to put the wider side through the loop that you have made and pull it around the narrow part of the tie until it reaches the back
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    You can then pull it back up through the loop again.
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    You can now complete this knot by pushing the wide part of the tie through the loop that should be there, and pulling it all tight to prevent it from coming apart
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    You have now completed the Windsor knot and can position your collar and the tie to complete your appearance
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How to Tie the Half Windsor Knot

This is a simpler variation of the above method, which still looks nice, albeit slightly less formal and impressive. If you don't have a longer tie to work with, then this knot is a good choice. You can check out the illustration below to make the Half Windsor Knot even easier.

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    Begin by draping the tie over your neck and folding through the wide side of the tie over the narrow part
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    Fold the wider side over the narrow side and pull it up in a loop
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    You should already be able to see one knot at this stage.
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    Now put the wide end over the narrow part again and bring it back through the loop
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    This is essentially the same thing again.
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    Now that you have successfully tied a Windsor Knot, you can position your tie and collar as you like
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    As you can tell from the steps and the image, it is the same as the double knot, with one knot removed.
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Tying The Four In Hand Knot

The Four In Hand Knot is a somewhat more relaxed and common method of tying.

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    Drape the tie over your neck and just as with the other knots, place the wider side over the right shoulder
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    You should also have a foot of tie to work with, extending on the narrow side.
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    Fold the wider side over the longer part of the tie and pull it up from underneath; then keep bringing it around the wide side of the tie to cross over the longer side one more time
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    You can now push the side end through the loop and hold the front part of the knot with a finger
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    You can then pass the wide part of the tie back through the loop that has been created.
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    This knot is now complete
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    Pull everything tight to secure the tie and adjust the position and your collar as necessary.
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Tying A Bow Tie

The bow tie is usually paired with a tuxedo and is required specifically for certain occasions. The bow tie is also one of the hardest to perform. Read on below to find out how to knot your own bow tie.

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    Start off with each end of the tie in either hand, making sure that the one in your right hand is extended around two inches further than the left
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    Pass the longer side around the shorter one and pull it up in to a loop
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    On the front of the tie, you should create a loop
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    You can do this by doubling the shorter end and pulling it over the collar. Then hold that loop and push the long end through it.
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    Now the bottom part of the hanging part can be passed up behind the font loop and everything should be held together in a bow tie
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    Now you can adjust and tighten the tie and your collar
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Tips

  • If you have a thick and/or a short neck, stay away from the larger knots. Four in the Hand would be ideal for you.
  • Likewise, make sure the neck of your shirt is a good fit. Don't wear a shirt when the collar is too tight. It will make you look pinched, from the neck up.
  • If you are very thin, you might want to lean toward the double-Windsor.
  • Don't scotch tape the two ends together, because it will look ridiculous when the wind blows. Try for a tie pin or tie clip.
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