There are many different ways to tie a tie that can give you a simple style to stand out among a crowd. From the simple and easy methods like the Four-in-Hand or Half Windsor to the extravagant and eye-catching styles like the Eldredge and Van Wijk, we’ve got a few new ways to give your suit and tie a stunning new look. Read one for several different methods for a unique stylish look.
The Four-in-Hand is one of the first methods many learn for tying a tie. It’s a simple knot that looks great for any occasion, especially for people with slimmer necks or collars.
- Start this knot with the wide end of the tie resting on your left, hanging around 12 inches past the narrow end. Then, cross the wide end over the top of the narrow end.
- Next, pass the wide end underneath and wrap it around the narrow end.
- With the wide end wrapped around the narrow end, pull the wide end through the loop around your neck.
- Lightly grip the front of the knot with your index finger and pull the wide end down through the front loop.
- Finally, tighten the collar to your collar by holding the narrow end and slowly sliding the knot upward.
The Half Windsor
The Half Windsor is the perfect cross between easy-to-tie and stylish. The Half Windsor is a triangular knot that works excellent for wider neckties and collared shirts.
- Much like the Four-in-Hand, start with the wide end hanging 12 inches below the narrow end and cross the wide end over the narrow, wrapping it around the narrow end.
- Lift the wide end and feed it through the neck loop, pulling the wide end back to the left so that the inside is showing.
- With the wide end to the left, cross it back over the right side and feed the wide end up through the neck loop.
- Finally, pull the wide end down through the loop once more. You can tighten the Half Windsor by pulling down on the wide end and sliding the knot up toward the collar.
The Eldredge is a recent complex method of creating a stunning, eye-catching knot invented by the eponymous Jeffrey Eldredge. Unlike many traditional methods, this method mainly uses the narrow end and creates a braided look.
- Start with the wide end hanging on the right, just about to the top of your belt buckle. You will only need to move the narrow end to create the Eldredge.
- First, cross the narrow end over the wide end and then wrap it back underneath the wide end.
- Pull the narrow end up the center over the neck loop, then feed it through the loop to your left.
- Next, cross the narrow end over again and feed it up, going underneath the neck loop this time.
- Then, loosely take the narrow end back over the other side of the neck loop and feed it under the wide end once again. Make sure to keep this part of the tie loose.
- Next, cross the narrow end back and feed it through the loop made during the previous step. Pull the narrow end to your right to tighten this loop.
- Feed the narrow end up once more and down underneath the neck loop to your left
- Wrap the narrow end back over the neck loop before moving it down through the left side of the neck loop.
- Finally, pull the narrow end back across the front to your right and feed it through the loop made during the previous step.
- Pull the narrow end to the right to tighten and tuck it behind the neck loop on your right side.
The Van Wijk
The Van Wijk is an incredibly unique-looking knot that can give your tie a look that pops with style. The cylindrical nature of the knot stands out from the more standard triangular styles and was created by artist Lisa Van Wijk.
- Start with the wide end hanging on your left to just above the belt buckle.
- First, cross the wide end over the narrow end and wrap it back around underneath to the left.
- Cross it over again and back underneath until you have three loops with the wide end resting on your right side.
- Pull the wide end back up through the inside of the neck loop.
- Next, feed the wide end through the three loops and pull it down.
- Finally, tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end and sliding the knot up to adjust. The first and second loops should be just barely visible underneath the third.
How to tie a bow-tie
Some occasions may call for a different kind of look, so it is important to know how to tie a bow-tie as well as a normal tie. Learning how to tie a bow-tie isn’t that different from learning how to tie a ribbon. Wearing a bow-tie can be perfect for “black tie occasions” or weddings.
- To start tying your bow-tie, one side of the bow-tie should hang about four to five inches with the bow-tie resting on your neck.
- Start by crossing the longer end over the shorter end then create a half-knot as if you were tying a pair of shoes.
- Keeping one finger on the half-knot, fold the shorter end of the bowtie in half.
- Take the longer end and pull it over the folded side, then fold the unfolded side.
- Next, feed the bow-tie through the loop at the back of the bow, but only feed it about halfway through.
- Finally, pull on both sides of the bow-tie until it is tight. You can also do this by pulling from the inside on each side.
- Adjust the bow-tie until it is fully tightened and center it in the middle of your collar. There you have it, just a variation on how to tie a ribbon.
How to tie a tie made easy
There are many different ways to wear your tie. Particular ties can give your outfit a simple, understated look or an eye-catching appearance that draws all eyes in a room on you. Whether you want to look suave and slick with something like the Half Windsor or rock a flashy fashion look like the Eldredge, learning how to tie different styles help you dress to impress anywhere you go.
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