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A Step By Step Guide On How To Tie A Tie (With Pictures!)

By Edited Oct 5, 2015 0 0

Ties are an essential fashion accessory for males looking to propagate a professional appearance. That being said, choosing an appropriate one for a given occasion isn't always as simple as one would expect. Some prefer ties which blend in with the shirt, while others would rather contrast the two. There are those who wouldn't be caught dead wearing "skinny" ties, and those who swear by them. Regardless of colour or style preference, one thing that will set you aside from the rest is the knot. Every man should posses some knowledge on how to tie a tie. The Four in Hand, Half Windsor, Windsor, and the Modified Windsor are some of the more popular knots, and will be outlined in this article. The pictures below are accompanied by sequential steps for each preferred style.

How To Tie A Tie - The Four in Hand:

Begin by wrapping the tie around your neck, under your collar.

Four In Hand Step 1(54693)

Cross the larger portion of the tie over the smaller one, forming an "X" across your chest.

Four In Hand Step 2(54694)

Wrap it around the back, pulling gently to the left (or right) side.

Four In Hand Step 3

Bring the tie back by wrapping it over the front, keeping the knot firm by gently pulling towards the right (or left) side. Keep some space between the knot and the overlapping fabric by placing your index finger on the knot itself.

Four In Hand Step 4(54696)

Swing the tie underneath and pull it up from the pocket between the knot, and your neck.

Four In Hand Step 5(54698)

Grab the tip and slide it through the space between the knot and overlapping fabric.

Four In Hand Step 6(54699)

Grab both ends of the tie and tighten the knot.

Four In Hand Step 7(54700)

How To Tie A Tie - The Half Windsor:

Begin by wrapping the tie around your neck, under your collar.

Four In Hand Step 1(54693)

Cross the larger portion of the tie over the smaller one, forming an "X" across your chest.

Four In Hand Step 2(54694)

Wrap it around the back, pulling gently to the left (or right) side.

Half Windsor Step 1

Pull the tip directly upwards.

Half Windsor Step 2

Tuck it around and pull it to the side; the front of the tie should be facing the chest, and the back facing away.

Half Windsor Step 3

Bring the tie back by wrapping it over the front, keeping the knot firm by gently pulling towards the right (or left) side.

Half Windsor Step 4

Swing the tie underneath and upwards.

Half Windsor Step 5

Grab the tip and slide it through the space between the knot and overlapping fabric and tighten the knot.

Half Windsor Step 6

How To Tie A Tie - The Windsor:

Begin by wrapping the tie around your neck, under your collar.

Four In Hand Step 1(54693)

Cross the larger portion of the tie over the smaller one, forming an "X" across your chest.

Four In Hand Step 2(54694)

Bring the tie up and under the smaller portion of fabric.

The Windsor Step 1

Pull the tie forming an "X" across the chest once again, except this time the tie should be intertwined as shown.

The Windsor Step 2

Wrap it around the back, pulling gently to the left (or right) side.

The Windsor Step 3

Bring the tie back by wrapping it over the front, keeping the knot firm by gently pulling towards the right (or left) side.

The Windsor Step 4

Swing the tie upwards and underneath as shown.
The Windsor Step 5

Slide the tip of through the space between the knot and overlapping fabric and tighten the knot.

The Windsor Step 6

 

How To Tie A Tie - The Modified Windsor:

The Modified Windsor is for those who prefer a thicker knot in comparison to the ones above. Keep in mind the thickness depends greatly on the fabric.


Begin by wrapping the tie around your neck, under your collar.

Four In Hand Step 1(54693)

Cross the larger portion of the tie over the smaller one, forming an "X" across your chest.

Four In Hand Step 2(54694)

Bring the tie up and under the smaller portions of fabric.

The Windsor Step 1

Pull the tie downwards forming an "X" across the chest once again, except this time the tie should be intertwined as shown.

The Windsor Step 2

Wrap it around the back, pulling gently to the left (or right) side.

The Windsor Step 3

Bring the tie back by wrapping it over the front, keeping the knot firm by gently pulling towards the right (or left) side.

The Windsor Step 4

Wrap it around the back once more, as in step 5.

Modified Windsor Step 2

Bring the tie underneath and upwards, and pull it opposite to the initial side as instructed in step 3.

Modified Windsor Step 3

Notice the "heart" shape. Pull the tie around the back. The knot should be fairly sturdy.

Modified Windsor Step 4

Bring the tie back by wrapping it over the front.

Modified Windsor Step 5

Swing the tie underneath and upwards.

Modified Windsor Step 6

Slide it through the front, and tighten the knot.

Modified Windsor Step 7

Here is the Modified Windsor formed with thicker fabric.

Modified Windsor TF

A flimsy fabric was used for the purpose of this article. Some prefer the bulky look, others not so much; it's all a matter of personal preference.

The patterns used to form most knots are relatively similar. Once you've learnt how to tie a tie, manipulating them comes easy, so get creative! Cheers!

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