How To Tie A Tie – A Step By Step Tutorial (Videos Included) August 4, 2017

Forget men; it’s incredibly smart of women to know ‘How To Tie A Tie.’ I also think it’s romantic at so many levels. Imagine your man struggling to get that perfect knot, or is not sure of the kind he should be wearing? Now you pitch in to help him with not just matching the tie with the outfit and occasion but also show him a couple of (fancy) ways to do it too. He’s not only going to be mighty impressed but also owes you one for the longest time. Functional yet romantic, yeah?

So, let’s graduate from tying a school tie into something more matured, elegant and classy.

Different Types Of Tie

  1. Four-In-Hand
  2. Half-Windsor
  3. Windsor
  4. Simple
  5. Kelvin
  6. Prince Albert
  7. Pratt
  8. Eldredge
  9. Van Wijk
  10. Trinity
  11. Murrell
  12. Bow Tie

How To Tie A Tie – 12 Quick And Easy Ways

1. How To Tie A Four-In-Hand Tie

FOUR IN HAND TIE Pinit

 

It is considered one of the most common yet classic ways of tying a tie. And, it’s a staple for men who wear ties frequently to work. So, if you’re a beginner, this is a good place to start.

  1. Start with the narrow end on the left and the wide end to the right. And, remember that the small end should be a little over your belly button. This varies depending on a person’s height, so move the wide end to adjust.
  2. Now, the wide end should go over the small end; that is to the left.
  3. Move it to the narrow end and the right.
  4. Bring it across to the front that is to the left.
  5. Throw it up from underneath to make a neck loop, as shown.
  6. Now, pull it to the front through the loop.
  7. Tighten to adjust knot – Pull the wide end down and the knot up for a perfect fit.
  8. You can hide the narrow end into the tie hide, for a perfect finesse.
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How to Tie a Four-In-Hand Knot | Men's Fashion


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2. How To Tie A Half-Windsor Tie

HALF WINDSOR TIE Pinit

 

Half Windsor is usually meant for thin to medium built men and for fabrics that are a sleek or thin. And, here’s how you tie the Half-Windsor tie.

  1. Start with the narrow end on the left and the wide end to the right. And, remember that the small end should be a little over your belly button. This varies depending on a person’s height, so move the wide end to adjust.
  2. Now, the wide end should go over the small end that is to the left.
  3. Move it to the narrow end and the right.
  4. Pull it up to the center, and towards to the neck loop.
  5. Now through the neck loop, to the left.
  6. Move it over to the right across the front.
  7. Throw it up from underneath to make a neck loop, as shown.
  8. Now, pull it down at the front through the loop.
  9. Tighten to adjust knot – Pull the wide end down and the knot up for a perfect fit.
How to Tie a Half-Windsor Knot | Men's Fashion


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3. How To Tie A Windsor Tie

WINDSOR TIE Pinit

This knot is traced back to to the Victorian times and was known to be the preferred style of the Duke Of Windsor and his grandfather. It was quickly picked up by the Americans after the Duke’s USA visit and then went on to become popular all over the world. And, the difference between the Windsor and Half-Windsor is hardly anything. And, that difference is hardly about the style. It is more to do with the fabric of the tie, the suit and also the body type of the person wearing it. This knot is meant for men with a bigger built and ties with thicker fabric.

  1. Start with the narrow end on the left and the wide end to the right. And, remember that the small end should be a little over your belly button. This varies depending on a person’s height, so move the wide end to adjust.
  2. Now, the wide end should go over the narrow end that is to the left.
  3. Move this into the neck loop from underneath.
  4. Bring it down, towards the left.
  5. Move it to the narrow end to the right.
  6. Bring it back up to the center, towards the neck loop.
  7. Bring it down towards the right, but through the loop.
  8. Throw it across to the left side from the front.
  9. From underneath, move it back into the neck loop.
  10. Pull it down to the front from the loop.
  11. Tighten to adjust knot – Pull the wide end down and the knot up for a perfect fit.
How to Tie a Double Windsor Knot


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4. How To Tie A Simple Tie

SIMPLE KNOT TIE Pinit

 

 

Simple, Oriental Or Kevin – all of them refer to this knot. As the name goes, it is one of the easiest ways to tie a tie. Some say that it is quite similar to the four-hand knot, but there are minor differences. Again, these are simplest knots to learn and practice, so it’s perfect for beginners.

  1. Start with the narrow end on the left and the wide end to the right. And, remember that the small end should be a little over your belly button. This varies depending on a person’s height, so move the wide end to adjust.
    P.S – Before you begin, notice that the back of the tie should be away from your face.
  2. Now, the wide end should go over the narrow end that is to the left.
  3. Bring it towards the narrow end on the right.
  4. Move it up into the loop, from underneath.
  5. And, now bring it down through the loop.
  6. Tighten to adjust knot – Pull the wide end down and the knot up for a perfect fit.
How To Tie A Tie – Oriental Knot – Most Simple & Smallest Knot


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5. How To Tie A Kelvin Tie

KELVIN TIE Pinit

The knot received its name after the famous physicist who presented knot theory two centuries ago. It’s named after him even though he had little to do with the fashion part of it. A Kelvin knot is nothing but an extension of the simple knot. It is much fuller and thicker; thus an ideal option for someone with medium to big built.

  1. Start with the narrow end on the left and the wide end to the right. And, remember that the small end should be a little over your belly button. This varies depending on a person’s height, so move the wide end to adjust.
    P.S – Before you begin, notice that the back of the tie should be away from your face.
  2. Now, the wide end should go over the narrow end that is to the left.
  3. Across the narrow end towards the right.
  4. Move it under the narrow end to the left.
  5. Bring it back to the narrow end at the right.
  6. Move it up into the loop, from underneath.
  7. And, now bring it down through the loop.
  8. Tighten to adjust knot – Pull the wide end down and the knot up for a perfect fit.
How To Tie a Tie Video – Kelvin Knot


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6. How To Tie A Prince Albert Tie

PRINCE ALBERT TIE Pinit

 

This tie has been linked to Prince Albert who was Queen Victoria’s husband. However, there is nothing concrete that proves this myth. But, that aside this tying style is known to be popular among men who take a keen interest in their choice of clothing. It’s thick, asymmetrical and sophisticated.

Start with the narrow end on the left and the wide end to the right. And, remember that the small end should be a little over your belly button. This varies depending on a person’s height, so move the wide end to adjust.

  1. Now, the wide end should go over the narrow end that is to the left.
  2. Move it to the narrow end and the right.
  3. Bring it to the front, towards the left.
  4. Now under the narrow end to the right.
  5. Bring it back to the left from the front.
  6. Move it up into the loop, from underneath.
  7. And, now bring it down through the loop.
  8. Tighten to adjust knot – Pull the wide end down and the knot up for a perfect fit.
    P.S – If you’ve done this right, you should be able to see a peek of the first loop from the above (second) loop.
How to Tie a Prince Albert Knot | Men's Fashion


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7. How To Tie A Pratt Tie

Pratt Tie Pinit

 

A former employee of the U.S Commerce Department stumbled upon this knot and discovered the Pratt style. According to him, this is one the easiest forms of tying a tie with a dimple, without all the fuss. And, thus it is named after him. So, let’s find out how this is done.

  1. Start with the narrow end on the left and the wide end to the right. And, remember that the small end should be a little over your belly button. This varies depending on your height, so move the wide end to adjust.
    P.S – Before you begin, ensure that the back of the tie (seam) is away from your face.
  2. Now, the wide end should go to the left, from under the narrow end.
  3. Move it up and the center, towards the neck loop.
  4. Bring it down to the left through the neck loop.
  5. Beyond the narrow end and to the right.
  6. Move it up into the loop, from underneath.
  7. And, now bring it down through the loop.
  8. Tighten to adjust knot – Pull the wide end down and the knot up for a perfect fit.
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8. How To Tie The Eldredge Tie

ELDREDGE TIE Pinit

 

Ever heard of a fishtail braid? If you’re a woman and reading this, chances are you know what it is. Anyway, this is how the output looks. It’s just been a decade that Jeffrey Eldredge introduced this style. Unlike the other tie knots, this uses the narrow end as the active one, and that is what will keep moving throughout. This is quite a complex one to crack, so be patient and practice before you finally attempt this. Also, remember that a solid color tie will look the best for this style.

  1. Start from the narrow end to the right and the wide end at the left. Since the narrow end is the active one for this style – the wide end should rest a little over your belly button.
  2. Now, the narrow end should go over the wide end that is to the left.
  3. Move it to under the wide end towards the right.
  4. Now, move it up towards the center and the neck loop.
  5. Through the loop, push the narrow end to the left.
  6. Move it beyond the front towards the right. And, then pull it into the neck loop from underneath.
  7. From left, put it at the wide end and to the right. This loop should be loose.
  8. Bring it towards the front, into the loop that you made previously.
  9. And now tighten it by pulling towards the left.
  10. Move it up to the center towards the loop. Then move it down to the left side.
  11. Move it up to the center towards the loop. Then move it down to the right side. This loop should be loose.
  12. Beyond the front side towards the left, which is into the loop made in step before.
  13. Move the narrow end from the left side to tighten this loop.
  14. There will just be a small part of the narrow end remaining, which needs tucking into the neck loop at the left.
  15. Adjust (if, needed), and you’re done!
How to Tie a Tie: THE ELDREDGE KNOT (slow=beginner) | How to Tie the Eldredge Knot


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9. How To Tie A Van Wijk Tie

VAN WIJK Tie Pinit

 

This is an improvised version of the Prince Albert style. Prince Albert style knot is a more cylindrical, slender and wearable tie. There is a third knot that is created using the active narrow end. Try it a few times, and you will master it to a T.

  1. Start with the narrow end on the left and the wide end to the right. Remember that the small end is a little over your belly button. This varies depending on your height, so move the wide end to adjust.
  2. Now, the wide end should go over the narrow end that is to the left.
  3. Move it to under the narrow end towards the right.
  4. Beyond the front of the tie and left.
  5. From under the narrow end at the right.
  6. Once again, beyond the front and left.
  7. From under the narrow end at the right.
  8. Beyond the front and left, once more.
  9. Move it up into the loop, from underneath.
  10. And now, move the wide end through all the three loops at the front.
  11. Pull the wide end down to tighten the knot. Adjust it by sliding the knot.
  12. Just like how you see the first loop for Prince Albert, you need to see the first and second loop under the third loop for this one.
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10. How To Tie A Trinity Tie

TRINITY TIE Pinit

 

A stylish and sophisticated addition to the tie family, a fairly recent one also. Another version of the tie that uses the narrow end as the active end. If you can pull this style off, then it is going to say a lot about you without you actually saying anything. Let’s see how this is done.

  1. Start from the narrow end at the right and the wide end at the left. Since the narrow end is the active one for this style – the wide end should rest a little over your belly button.
  2. Now, the narrow end should go over the wide end that is to the left.
  3. Move it up into the neck loop from below.
  4. Bring it down to the left.
  5. Move it around the back of the wide end towards the right.
  6. Move it up to the center towards the neck loop.
  7. Bring it down to the left through the neck loop.
  8. Beyond the wide end, towards the right. Move it up into the neck look from underneath.
  9. Now, bring it down through the loop from the previous step. Let this loop be loose.
  10.  You then have to bring the narrow end around the back of the wide end towards the right side.
  11. Pull it towards the front, from the center and through the loop that is created in the preceding step.
  12. Tuck the remaining part of the narrow end at the back of the neck loop towards the left.
  13. Give it one last look, and you’re sorted!
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11. How To Tie A Murrell Tie

MURRELL TIE Pinit

 

Have to show up in a tie, but you’re in a playful mood and the event you’re attending permits it? Here’s a knot that does that for you. A fancy yet fun knot that was invented by Brent Murrell. It is layered and inverted, something that others do not give you. Here’s how to tie the Murrell tie.

  1. Start from the narrow end at the right and the wide end at the left. Since the narrow end is the active one for this style – the wide end should rest a little over your belly button.
  2. The narrow end will be over the wide end at the left.
  3. Move it up to the neck loop from underneath.
  4. Bring it down towards the left.
  5. Now move it behind the wide end towards the right.
  6. Pull it towards the neck loop at the center.
  7. And pull it down to the right, through the neck loop.
  8.  From beyond the front, towards the left.
  9. Move it up to the neck loop from underneath.
  10. Bring it down the loop that you just made in the previous step.
  11. Tighten the tie knot by pulling the narrow end down. Adjust accordingly.

Voila, you’re done!

How to tie a Murrell Necktie Knot


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12. How To Tie A Bow Tie

BOW TIE Pinit

 

Want to learn a tie that is fancy and hip? Yes, that’s where we are heading. But first, to get to the history of this. This dates back to the Croatian mercenaries when wearing a tie had just begun. The bow ties look modern and youthful; however, they have been around for centuries now. Except, you can get tiable ones, which are turning out to be popular and hip. They are considered both cool and formal. Nevertheless, here’s how you tie the traditional bow tie.

  1. You will need to use a fabric (tie) that is meant for bow ties, for a perfect output. One side should be shorter than the other. To avoid confusion, let’s call the left side of the tie as ‘A’ and the right side of it as ‘B’.
  2. Start by moving A over to the other side, across B.
  3. Through the neck loop, pull A from underneath B.
  4. At the conjoining tip, first fold B towards the right and then to the left. This will create a bow shape.
  5. Now, bring the side A down over to the bow that was created using side B.
  6. Bend A towards the chest and cinch at the fold.
  7. Shove the cinched end through the loop from behind B.
  8. Yank both the ends at the same time to tighten the bow.
  9. Continue this until the bow is intact and perfect.
  10. Flaunt and have fun!
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It could be overwhelming to look at and seem like an impossible thing to crack. But trust me just like anything else it takes a little practice. Trying everything at once might not be a great idea, so if you’re a beginner – start with one – ace it before you move on to the others. Like we discussed, each of these is used to achieve different looks. You will realize that you have mastered it, in no time. Good luck with it. Happy learning, Happy tying!

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