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😗😱🙂 Have you graduated beyond the clip-on tie? Beginning with these helpful instructions, a sharp-looking tie, a mirror, and some patience, you can become an expert in tying your own fashionable knot. You have several options available, from the versatile Four-in-Hand Knot to the classic Windsor.
😗😱🙂 If you're helping someone else put on a tie, see this article for instructions from that perspective.
Method 1Method 1 of 4:Using the Tupac Method (Four-in-Hand Knot)
- 1Drape the tie around your neck. With your collar up and your shirt fully buttoned, place the tie around your shoulders. Hang the wider end of the tie on your right side, with the narrow end about 12 inches (30 cm) higher on the left.XResearch source
😗😱🙂 Tip: Avoid spread collars with this small, asymmetric knot.
- 2Cross the wide end over the narrow end. Bring the wide end to the left side of your body, over the narrow end. Hold the two pieces of cloth together with your left hand, near your neck.Advertisement
- 3Loop the wide end under the narrow end. Let go with your right hand. Tuck it underneath the narrow end, grab the wide end, and pull it back through to your right side.
- 4Loop the wide end back over again. Cross it over the narrow end one more time, at the same point where your left hand is holding the knot together.
😗😱🙂 Note: The front of the tie should be facing forward again (so the seam is hidden).
- 5Pull the wide end up through the neck loop. Fold the tip of the wide end under itself and pull up through the neck loop.XResearch source
- 6Insert the wide end down through the front knot. You should have a horizontal knot across the front of your tie. Hold this knot open with your finger and carefully insert the wide end.
- 7Tighten the knot. Hold the narrow end and slide the front knot up to tighten the tie. Make sure your tie is straight and the length is appropriate, ideally ending at the top of your belt buckle.
- Squeeze the sides of the knot gently to create a dimple just below it.
😗😱🙂 Tip: The four-in-hand knot is a little asymmetrical at the neck. Don't worry about this; it is normal.
- 8Tuck the narrow end of the tie into the loop on the back side of the wide end.
- 9Fold your collar down, and make sure that the tie is covered by the collar all the way around your neck.
Method 2Method 2 of 4:Tying the Traditional Windsor Knot (Extra Formal)
- 1Put the tie around your neck. Make sure the wider end is on the right, and about 14 inches (36 cm) lower than the thinner side on the left.XResearch source The Windsor knot uses a lot of cloth, so the lower end should start a bit lower than you would usually position a tie.
😗😱🙂 Tip: Many consider the large, symmetric Windsor knot the most elegant and formal option. Wear it with a spread or wide spread collar.XResearch source
- 3Bring the wide end up through the neck loop. Using your right hand, hold the two ends where they cross near your collar. With your left hand, pull the wide end up through the neck loop from below.
- 4Bring your tie back down. Rest the wide end back on your chest, to the left of the narrow end.
- 5Fold it end behind the narrow end. Grab the wide end with your right hand and pull it back to the right side of your body, under the narrow end. Hold the knot near your collar in place with your left hand.
- 6Bring the wide end up to the neck loop from the front. Keep it on the right side.
- 7Pull the wide end through the neck loop. Insert the tip of the wide end and pull through, still on the right side.
😗😱🙂 Note: The underside of the wide end should now be facing forward.
- 8Fold the wide end over the narrow end. Fold it back over from right to left, so the front side is visible again.
- 9Pull the wide end through the neck loop from below. Bring the wide end back up through the neck loop one last time.
- 10Insert the wide end through the front knot. Place the wide end through the horizontal knot at the front of the tie. Pull it through.
- 11Tighten the knot. Hold the base of the front knot and squeeze gently from the sides. Slowly pull the wide end of the tie to bring the knot closer to the neck.
Method 3Method 3 of 4:Tying the Pratt Knot (Basic Formal Knot)
- 1Place the tie upside down around your collar. Unlike most knots, the Pratt knot begins with the tie upside down, so the seam of the tie is facing forward. Hang the wide end of the tie over your right side, and the narrow end over your left side.
- This medium size knot suits most collars and builds.
- 2Check the position of the wide end. In a knotted tie, the wide end should just graze the top of your belt buckle.XResearch source At the start, however, raise or lower the wide end until it hangs 1–2 inches (2.5–5 cm) below this point. As a rule of thumb, the Pratt knot will lift the wide end by this distance as you tie the knot.XResearch source
- The narrow end of the tie should be higher than the wide end. It will usually be around belly button level, but this is less important than the wide end's placement.XResearch source
- 3Cross the wide end under the narrow end. Move the wide end across your body to the left side, placing it underneath the narrow end.
- Do not move the narrow end of the tie for any part of this knot.XResearch source Just hold it steady while you use the wide end.
- 4Bring the wide end up to the loop around the neck. Place the tip on top of the loop, still on your left side.
- 5Pull the wide end through the neck loop. Insert the wide end down into the loop from above. Pull it through in the same direction it lay before, on the left.
- 6Fold the wide end over the narrow end, from left to right. This flips the wide end so the seam is no longer visible. The wide end will extend at an angle off to your right.
- 7Pull the wide end up through the neck loop. Bring the wide end up to your neck loop again, but this time from below. Pull it through.
- 8Tuck the wide end down through the new loop at the front. Your last fold created a horizontal loop at the front of your tie. Tuck the wide end through this loop, and pull straight down to tighten. The wide end should now rest in front of the narrow end.
- 9Slide the knot to adjust. Pull down on the wide end to tighten. Slide the front knot up to the base of your collar to fasten the tie.
- To create a dimple just below the front knot, squeeze the sides of the knot gently as you tighten.XResearch source
Method 4Method 4 of 4:Tying a Half Windsor Knot (Formal)
- 1Position the wide end on the right side. Place the tie around your neck and let the sides hang in front of you. The wide end should be on the right side of your body, and hang roughly 12 inches (30 cm) lower than the narrow end on the left.XResearch source
- The Half Windsor is a triangular, symmetrical knot suitable for formal occasions. Larger than the Four-in-hand but less bulky than the Windsor, this can work with most neckties and collar types.XResearch source Neckties made from thicker fabric will likely require a spread or wide spread collar with this knot.
- 2Cross the wide end over the narrow end. Bring the wide end of the tie over to your left side, crossing over the narrow end.
- 3Fold the wide end back under the narrow end. Complete a loop around the narrow end and pull the wide end back to the right side.
- The underside of the wide end should be visible at this point.
- 4Take the wide end up to the neck loop. Raise the wide end up to the loop of necktie at your collar. Keep it on the right side.
- 5Pull the wide end through the loop and to the left. Insert the wide tip down through the loop and pull it through from the left side, so it crosses under the narrow end.
- 6Fold the wide end over the front of the narrow end. Bring the wide end back across the front and onto your right side.
- 7Slide the wide end up through the neck loop. Fold the wide end up through the neck loop a second time.
- 8Insert the wide end down through the front knot. Loosen the front knot with your finger and insert the wide end. Pull it through to rest over the narrow end.
- 9Pull on the wide end to tighten. Gently squeeze the front knot as you pull to slide the knot up and create a dimple at the front of your tie.
- QuestionCan I use a scarf as a tie?Community AnswerYes, you can use a scarf as a tie.
- QuestionWhat type of knot should I use for school?Community AnswerThe four-in-hand knot should work fine for school.
- QuestionWhat is the quickest way to tie a tie?Community AnswerThe four-in-hand knot should work. Doesn't take more than a minutes with practice.
- QuestionShould the label be facing outward instead of touching the front of the shirt?Community AnswerIt should be touching the front of the shirt for all knots except the Pratt knot.
- QuestionWhich methods are more informal?Community AnswerThe four-in-hand knot is easy and pretty informal.
- QuestionCan I wear a Windsor tie to school?Community AnswerMy son always uses a double Windsor knot for his tie when he goes to school and it has not presented any problems.
- QuestionHow can I remember how to tie a tie if I keep forgetting the steps?Community AnswerIf you keep forgetting it always helps to write it down. Each step in order neatly will help you remember. Read it a couple times, and practice over and over until you don't need the directions.
- QuestionWhat is a formal knot to wear with a suit to a wedding?Community AnswerI think half windsor knot and traditional windsor knot should work well, because they are more official and formal.
- QuestionWhich type of knot should I use for an internship?Community AnswerThe type of knot should really depend on the size of your collar. If the shirt has a small collar, use a smaller knot like the four in hand. If it's a standard collar, use a Windsor knot.
- QuestionWhat if I don't know how to tie a Windsor knot?Community AnswerThen you look at the instructions on this page and keep practicing. There are also other pages that explain how it is done. Use your favorite search engine.
- To make a dimple, hold the top blade on both edges, then pull it down gently until the top blade starts to tighten. A slightly convex shape should appear close to the knot. Use your thumb and forefinger to press the bottom of the knot into a V-shape and the convex will deepen to form the dimple.
- If your tie has a loop underneath the wide side of the tie, you may slide the narrow side through that loop to prevent it from "peeking" from behind the wide side of the tie.
- Left-handed people may find it easier to switch the starting positions of the wide and narrow ends. If you do this, switch all "left" and "right" instructions.
- Ideally, the tip of the tie should graze the top of your belt buckle. It's all right if the tie dips down to the bottom of the belt buckle ("Italian style"). If it's any lower, try a knot that uses plenty of cloth (such as the Windsor), or switch to a shorter tie.XResearch source Similarly, if the tie ends above your belt, buy a longer tie or try the Pratt knot, which doesn't use much cloth in the knot.
- The four-in-hand is an effective technique for tying a knit tie.
- Make a mnemonic device to help you remember these steps, such as the word OUAT, which is an acronym for over, under, around and through.
- If you're helping someone tie their tie, tie it on yourself first since it will be easier to make the proportions accurate. Then, before you tighten the knot, transfer the tie to their neck.XExpert SourceChloée Ohayon-Crosby
Costume Designer & Wardrobe SpecialistExpert Interview. 24 July 2020.
- ↑Thuy Tranthi, Tie a Windsor Knot, in The Expert's Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do, p. 51, (2004), ISBN 1-74114-586-4
- ↑Chic Simple, Shirt and Tie, p. 37, (1993), ISBN 0-500-01593-7
- ↑Chloée Ohayon-Crosby. Costume Designer & Wardrobe Specialist. Expert Interview. 24 July 2020.
About This Article
The best way to tie a tie for beginners is the 4-in-hand knot. Step 1. Button the top button of your shirt, and fold your collar up. Step 2. Hang the tie around your collar so that the wide end is on your right side, about 4 inches below the narrow end. Step 3. Cross the wide end in front of the narrow end. Step 4. Bring the wide end behind the narrow end, and pull the wide end from left to right. Hold the narrow end steady throughout. Step 5. Cross the wide end in front of the narrow end from right to left. Step 6. Pull the wide end up through the neck loop, then push the wide end down through the loop you created in front. Step 7. Hold the narrow end in one hand, then pull the wide end to tighten the knot. Straighten the knot as needed. Step 8. Check to make sure that the end of the tie is about at the middle of your belt buckle, and tuck the narrow end of the tie into the loop on the back side of the wide end. Step 9. Fold your collar down, and make sure that the tie is covered by the collar all the way around your neck.
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