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How to Tie a Knot

Sunday, 08 February 2009

how to tie a knotA necktie is a must garment in the wardrobe of a businessman and just a solid person who should have his look varied subject to the target goal.  As you know, prototype of neckties appeared long ago, is a large band of fabric that was the integral attributing of Roman legionaries. Neckties among the Europeans came in vogue a bit later, of course, say in the late XVII century. Since that time various models of «neckties» appeared. This quite significant item of the men's wardrobe has undergone lots of experiments which brought to public about 85 interesting technique to tie a tie however 10 of them are actually applied nowadays.

Of course, a rare man operates all 10 techniques. Though, does it matter to be such a perfectionist to know all the above? 2 to 3 most liked methods are quite enough to look elegant and solid though.

By no means all men are able to do with a tie! That is why one of our goals is to master some simple but elegant ways to tie knots and bring help to our men.

The simplest way to tie a tie is «Four-in-hand» technique. This name comes from the English Men's Club and its members invented this method:

  • Place the tie under the collar that a narrow end comes from the right and the wide one from the left. Cross them with the wide end across the narrow end.
  • Swing the wide end behind the narrow end and back to the right, over the narrow one crisscross.
  • Now have the wide end of the tie through the loop under the throat and pull it up. Hold the front of the knot loose with your index finger; pass the wide end down through the loop in front.
  • Tighten the knot and here it is very simple knot.

The collar edges of the shirt should not cover the knot. But if you managed, think you are a winner.

The next technique to tie a tie is the Windsor. It is called not in the name of the Windsor Duke or the way he knotted his ties. By the way, he never wore ties.

Windsor knot is a thick and wide knot that projects confidence. This knot is deemed as classic for presentations, interviews or meetings. This technique is more complicated than the previous one, though the practice makes perfect, isn't it?

  • Cross the ends of the tie - the wide end should extend across the narrow end.
  • Bring the wide end of the tie through the loop of the narrow end between the collar and the tie.
  • Pull the wide end of the tie underneath the narrow end and to the right, back through the loop and to the right again so that the wide end is inside out. Bring the wide end across the front from right to left.
  • Pull the wide end through the loop again.
  • And bring the wide end through the knot in front. Carefully tighten the knot and draw it up to the collar.

By the way, this knot has several peculiarities. It is suitable to the «English collar» with widely set edges and looks solid.

As for the Half-Windsor Knot, it is the version of the Windsor Knot, a symmetrical and triangular tie knot that suits ties of any width and density as well as to any shirt since it is universal. How does one tie it?

  • Cross the wide end across the narrow end of the tie.
  • Bring the wide end of the tie around and behind the narrow end and pull to the left.
  • Now bring the wide end of the tie up, from the left side, pool it through the loop and pull it again to the left.
  • Place the wide end to the right over the narrow end, and through the loop between the collar and through the knot in front. Tighten the knot and draw it up to the collar.

And here it is, Half-Windsor Knot. You may draw your knot but may leave elegant folds there.

Another popular way to tie your tie is Pratt that is ideal to wear with the narrow collar. It looks neat and is suitable for most shirts and occasions.

  • Put on your tie with the reverse side inside out, crisscross, thus having your narrow end over the wide end of the tie. 
  • Take the wide end over and under the narrow end. Put the loop down and tighten.
  • Bring the wide end of the tie to the left, over the narrow end and pull it down through the loop.
  • Bring the wide end through the knot and tighten, and here it is!

In general, the technique is not complicated however it needs practice and you will become a real expert at tying your tie in no time. Good luck!

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