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How to Tie a Tie In 9 Different Ways

Our step-by-step guide that makes tying a tie a breeze. From an easy, basic style to flamboyant knots that impress, try one (or more) of these to look your dapper best.

If you need to 'knot up' you have come to the right place. As Oscar Wilde once said, "A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life" (we hear both Ryan Gosling and Ranveer Singh are huge fans).Work meetings, weddings, dinner-dates and more, these are certain situations where knowing how to don a neatly-knotted tie can be an extremely important skill to have. If you find yourself all thumbs and consider the very thought of tying a tie scary, you have come to the right place. Our compilation of illustrative instructions, videos and simple step-by-step directions will make learning how to tie any kind of tie-knot a breeze. Choose from popular styles like the Windsor, the Four In Hand or the Simple Knot—even the self-tied Bow Tie, or try an OTB style to stand out, Just take a look below and start practising in front of the mirror.

1. The Simple Knot (difficulty Level easy)

The simple knot is exactly what it sounds like, simple! This is the way to go it you want a really small,1940s style knot. It is also the knot to use with a skinny-tie and can be used for wider styles as well. Style Tip: Skinny ties usually look best with skinny suits. 

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2. The Full Windsor Knot (difficulty level medium)

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The polished, triangular shape of the full Windsor knot makes it a great choice for job interviews, presentations and social occasions. It is much easier than it looks, just follow the steps given below. Style Tip: This knot looks best with a spread-collar shirt (due to the extra space between the shirt points)

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  1. Raise the shirt collar and drape the tie around the neck, so the wide end is on the right side and extends about 12 inches below the narrow end.
  2. Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow part.
  3. Pull the wide end up through the opening at the neck.
  4. Pass the wide end underneath, to the right of the narrow part with the wrong side facing out.
  5. Cross the wide part over and to the left of the narrow part with the correct side facing out.
  6. Pull the wide end up through the opening at the neck.
  7. Bring it down passing through the loop in the front. 
  8. Holding the dangling parts with one hand, slide the knot carefully up toward the collar with the other hand till it is securely in place. 

 

3. The Half Windsor Knot (difficulty level medium)

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Smaller than the full Windsor, this knot offers a triangular, symmetrical shape. It works best with wider, medium-weight ties and pairs with all kinds of dress-shirts.

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  1. Raise the shirt collar and drape the tie around the neck, so the wide end is on the right side and extends about 12 inches below the narrow end.
  2. Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow part.
  3. Cross the wide part under the narrow part so the wrong side is facing out.
  4. Bring the wide end up and over to the left.
  5. Pull it through the opening at the neck so that is lying with the wrong side out to the right.
  6. Bring the wide end over the narrow part from right to left with the correct side facing up.
  7. Bring the wide end up through the neck loop again.
  8. When bringing it down, insert it through the loop at the front of the collar.
  9. Adjust the knot by sliding it upward with one hand and holding the tails with the other.

 

4. The Four-In-Hand Knot (difficulty level easy)

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This fancy knot that can dress up a traditional look, and can be tied in a matter of minutes. Style Tip: This knot works well with heavy fabrics.

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  1. As with other styles, raise the shirt collar and drape the tie around the neck so the wide end is on the right side and extends roughly 12 inches below the narrow end.
  2. Bring the wide part of the tie across the narrow part.
  3. Then bring the wide part under the narrow part.
  4. Bring the wide side back over the top of the narrow part.
  5. Bring the wide side up through the large loop at the neck.
  6. With a loose hold on the knot, insert the wide end in a downward direction through the loop in front.
  7. Holding the bottom narrow part of the tie with one hand, slide the knot upward with the other.

 

5. The Trinity Knot: (Difficulty Level tough)

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If you want to graduate to a more sophisticated look, you can try this stylish, named after the Trinity symbol. Tying the Trinity knot is a little more complicated, but it makes quite a statement. 

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6. The Pratt Knot : (Difficulty Level easy)

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The Pratt aka the Shelby knot is a stylish knot that requires just a few simple steps to master. Style Tip: This style works best with light to medium weight ties.

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  1.  Raise the shirt collar and drape the tie wrong side up with the wide end hanging on the right side roughly 12 inches lower than the narrow end.
  2. Cross the wide part of the tie under the narrow part.
  3. Bring the wide end up and loop it down through the opening at the neck and tighten.
  4. Cross the wide end to the right with the correct side up.
  5. Pull it up through the neck opening.
  6. Bring it down through the knot loop.
  7. Slide and adjust the knot gently and lower the shirt collar to complete the process.

 

7. The Bow Tie (difficulty Level medium)

Take it from James Bond, nothing looks as sharp as a bow tie! It's not as hard to master as it seems, so skip the pre-tied option (unless you are in high school) and opt to tie one yourself. 

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8. The Double Trinity Knot (difficulty level tough)

If you really want to get noticed and stand out, you can try the stylish, complex and super-cool double Trinity knot. 

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9. The Aperture Knot (difficulty level tough)

A complicated knot inspired by the camera lens, this one is sure to make heads turn anywhere you go. All it requires is a little patience, practice and deftness. 

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