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Not everyone knows how to tie a tie.  For some, it comes easy, for others, it can take practice. Some tie knots can be a work of art!  
The most common knot is the Four-In-Hand knot (also known as a simple knot) and is said to be the easiest to tie. Skinny and medium width ties look best with this knot. To tie this knot you can follow these step by step instructions:  
  • Start with the wide end of the tie to the right making sure it extends about 10" to 12" below that of the narrow piece.
  • From the right side, wrap the wide part of the tie around the narrow end one time.  
  • Then tuck the wide end of the tie around the back of the loop you just formed.  This will make the wide part of the tie in the space between your necktie and your shirt
  • Hold the knot with your first finger and bring the wide end of the knot through the loop from underneath and down through the loop you have made in the front
  • Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end and slide the knot up to adjust

 

 

The Half Windsor Knot is a more simplified version of the Windsor Knot.  This is what you would consider the "classic" tie.  This knot will look best with a wider tie and can be used with any dress shirt.  

  • Start with the wide end of the tie to the right making sure it extends about 10" to 12" below that of the narrow piece 
  • From the right side, wrap the wide part of the tie around the narrow end one time 
  • Then bring the wide end up and then down to the right through the loop you created in the front
  • Cross over the narrow part of the tie again (from the right to the left)
  • Again, bring the wider end up then down through the loop and then through the loop in the front 
  • Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end and slide the know up to adjust

 

 

The Windsor (or full Windsor) Knot:  A symmetrical knot that's larger than most knots and a great way to make your tie stand out (rather than your suit).  This is a more complicated knot to tie than the Four in Hand or the Half Windsor, however, if mastered, you may be perceived as well cultured.  We suggest avoiding this knot if you are trying to tie a wide or short tie.    

  • Start with the wide end of the tie to the right making sure it extends about 10" to 12" below that of the narrow piece 
  • Cross the wide end over the narrow end and bring it up through the loop
  • Bring the wide end down, around then behind the narrow end then up on your right
  • Push that end down through the loop, then pull tight
  • Turn the wide end and pass it across the narrow 
  • Pull the wide end up through the loop
  • Slip the knot in the front, tighten then draw up to your collar