How to Tie a Tie: Best 5 Knots Everyone Should Know
Best 5 Tie Knots To Know
Whether this is your first time tying a tie or you have worn ties for years, this guide will give you step-by-step instructions on how to tie different knots.
by Ty's Tiess
Ties are generally there for life's biggest moments. Whether for business or social gatherings, certain knots look better for the occasion. A tie tucked underneath the collar and knotted at the throat brings in a level of formality and elegance to your fit. While it may be tempting to just grab a snazzy clip-on tie, simply remember, something easy usually isn't worth chasing. Having the ability to tie a tie based on the occasion brings a whole new arsenal to your game. No longer are you purely wearing a tie to compliment your shirt, vest, suit or pants, but know you are making your tie the staple of your outfit. With five tie knots to choose from, there's a knot for any tie style and event. If you are solely searching for an easy knot, we recommend the half Windsor. Our easy step-by-step instructions with pictures allow anyone the ability to tie a tie in a polished fashion. Hop on in front of your mirror and lets get that tie tied!
How to Tie a Full Windsor Knot
Wanting that perfect triangular shape at the base of your collar? The Windsor Knot offers what you are looking for. A classy look, the full Windsor if often recommended for job interviews, sales pitches, and work gatherings. Due to the pleasant nature of the knot it is widely accepted as "how a tie knot should look". The best part of all of this tying this tie knot is a piece of cake!
Today we are going to be using The Anastasia as our featured tie to teach us how to tie this knot.
- To get started it is a good practice in tying the full Windsor Knot to raise your shirt collar and dangle the tie around the neck. Do this in such a way that the wide end is on the right side and extends about a foot below the skinnier side of the tie. (in our picture instructions this will appear opposite to help make tying the tie easier on you.) Cross the wide side of the tie over the skinnier end of the tie.
- Lift the wide end of the tie up and through the opening of the neck and then back down (not down the side the tie was pulled up through)
- Pull the wide end below and to the right of the skinnier part with the label facing out.
- Now direct the wide end over the skinnier part of the tie.
- Pull the wide end of the tie up and through the opening of the neck.
- When bring the wide end back down push it through the opening loop at the front of the knot. Tighten the knot and position it the way your prefer!
How to Tie a Four-in-hand Knot
Ohhh, the Four-in-hand Knot, an instant classic. A knot that works well with any fabric of tie and especially for heavy fabrics like wool. Learning how to tie a tie in this style is a breeze. It will take you less than 5 minutes to get this knot down. Even though it is simple to learn, it is a must have knot if you wear ties at least once a week. With a traditional look the Four-in-hand knot goes perfect with any standard button down dress shirt. After this section you might just be tying all your ties in this style!
Today we are going to be using The Gardenia to help present how to tie the best looking Four-in-hand Knot.
- This may be the hardest part of the Four-in-hand Knot, choosing the tie you want to wear to compliment your fit. Like usual, unless you are looking to start a new fad, lift your shirt collar and dangle your tie around your neck. Dangle it in such a manner that the wide end of your tie is on your right side and is roughly 1 foot longer than the skinnier end.
- Lets start this part, cross the wide part of the tie over the skinnier end.
- Then bring that wide part of the tie back around but underneath the narrower part.
- Then go over the skinnier part of the tie with the wide end again.
- Raise the wide end of the tie up and through the loop hole at the neck and gently push the wide end through the loop in the front of the collar that you just formed. Tighten and adjust to your desire. Now that my friend is a knot you should be proud about!
How to Tie a Half Windsor Knot
You know that feeling when you start understanding matching, you see how every piece of your outfit compliments one another and when you get it just right, your confidence rocking your fit is at a whole new level? Understanding how to knot a tie might just bring you that same satisfaction when you are getting ready for your big day. Much like the full Windsor knot, the half brings into play a triangular looking knot. Best part of all is it is symmetrical! Perfect for groomsmen at weddings or for a night out! Tying the full Windsor your first time might be a little confusing, but with the help of this how to tie a tie picture guide you can easily learn the knot.
Today we are going to be using The Tropics Tie to help present the best way to tie a Half Windsor Knot.
- Grab the tie you want to wear. How to tie a tie always begins with you raising your shirt collar and draping the tie around your neck.
- Cross the wide end of the tie over the skinny tie part.
- Wrap the wide end below the skinny tie part having the Ty's Tiess branding facing out.
- Now bring the wide end of the tie up and through the neck and back down, again with the branding facing out.
- Cross the wide part of the tie over the skinny tie part.
- Bring the wide end of the tie up and through the opening neck loop.
- Gently push the wide end of the tie through the opening loop at the front of the knot you just formed. Tighten the knot and adjust the position of the necktie and that is what we call the Half Windsor Knot
How to Tie a Trinity Knot
As you get a little more comfortable with the basics of how to tie a tie, the trinity Knot is one of a kind. The knot known for bringing good luck can transform any regular tie into something special. With a sophisticated and stylish look the Trinity Knot was patterned after the trinity symbol. While this knot is a little more complicated and might require patience, once you get it right it can act as a true fashion statement for formal occasions.
With the help of The Dahlia Tie featured in a picture step by step instruction guide we will learn how to tie the Trinity Knot.
- Select The Tie to Tie. In tying the Trinity Knot, raise the shirt collar and dangle your best tie around the neck. Have the wide end on your right side (Pictures above will be presented opposite to better aid you when you are tying your tie) normally just above the naval, depending on your height and the tie length you use. KEY TIP: Right below your collar, pinch the wide side or your tie long ways to form a dimple in the fabric.
- Take the thin part of your tie and cross it over the wide side of the tie.
- Now bring the thin end of the tie up and through the opening.
- Gently bring the thin end back towards its original position. (You are practically wrapping the thin part of the tie around the neck opening)
- Then cross the thin part of the tie under the wide part and to the other side with the wrong side facing towards you.
- Bring the narrow end up and pull it through the neck opening forming a heart shape.
- Slightly move it across the heart shape and bring it through the neck loop (thus creating the third strand on the face of the knot)
- Tuck and hide the lose end. (This can also be done by tucking it into the first button or wrapping it)
How to Tie a Pratt Knot
Maybe you might know this one as the Shelby Knot, but today we are going to call it the Pratt Knot. Sorry Shelby lovers out there, please forgive us. A thin styled knot can be a perfect tough to any dress shirt of suit. With the knot being thinner than a typical Windsor Knot, it is widely used when fashioned with lightweight ties, like cotton. With just seven steps you can learn the Pratt Knot and have a thin looking knot for your tie in minutes. With little confusion with the help of this guide you might just fall in love with this knot, its that useful and easy.
Thank to The Teal Bouquet Tie a picture step by step guide will instruct you on how to tie a Pratt Knot.
- Lets begin this party by selecting the Best Tie you can find! Like usual we are going to raise the collar of the shirt and place the tie around the neck. We recommend placing the wide end about a foot longer than than skinny tie end.
- With this knot we are going to do something maybe not very traditional, this time drape the tie with the wrong side up.
- Cross the wide end of the tie under the skinny tie part.
- Loop the wide end of the tie up and through the neck.
- Again, cross the wide end of the tie with he skinny tie part, but this time over it.
- Then bring the wide end of the tie up and through the neck loop.
- Push the wide end through the front loop of the knot you just created. Tighten the tie knot and adjust the positioning and there you have a real tie knot, the Pratt Knot.
After just a couple tries you got some of the most fundamental knots for ties down. We are impressed with you and those who will be with you in the coming moments are going to be even more impressed that you didn't just tie a single knot for your tie. A variation of tie knots in your wardrobe arsenal will bring a whole new dimension to style with any fir that you are wearing.
Imagine a tie out of 100% pure organic cotton... Can you even imagine how that would feel. Take a look at one of our short blog posts that goes into detail of why cotton ties are becoming the world's favorite type of ties.
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