Our neckties guide will help you master the three most common tie knots!
When it comes to tying your neckties there are surprisingly lots of knots to choose from but this blog concentrates on the three most common and arguably essential knots that every man should know about and our walkthrough guides are here to help you!
Here you can learn how to tie a tie in 3 steps, watch our videos, use our step by step guides or follow our easy to follow graphics!
In this "self-tie" guide, we will have a series of step-by-step guides for the following knots, perfect for those looking to perfect wearing ties for the first time or for those just looking for a refresh to brush up those skills! We can even teach you how to pull up a tie in these nifty styles:-
- Learn the Four-In-Hand Knot - How to tie a four in hand knot
- Our Half-Windsor Tutorial - How to tie a tie half Windsor
- Master the illusive Full-Windsor Knot - How to Tie a Tie Full Windsor Style
When it comes to neckties not all knots are the same, and each comes with pro's and con's, once you master the not so dark art of tying your tie, you will no doubt want to try some more adventurous knots like our customer below sporting a stunning Eldredge knot!
Revive CEO Cornel Sampson Sporting An Eldredge Tie
But for now let's get on with the job at hand and teach you the first of three knots, the Four-In-Hand knot!
How to tie a Four-In Hand Knot
Just looking for a refresh? Then take a look at our Quick Video Guide!
How To Tie A Four In Hand Knot (Quick Guide)
One of the most popular knots (especially amongst beginner and casual tie wearers) is the Four-In-Hand knot, its beautifully simple, versatile, and easy to tie, the result when perfected can be great, giving you a slender tight knot with reasonable symmetry.
It's often said that everyone knows this knot and you can get through life only learning this style, so it makes it an obvious choice to kick this guide off
Step 1 - Hang The Tie Around The Neck
Hang the tie loosely around your neck, with the wide end on the right as the above image, as a rough guide this should sit slightly above the navel, and the smaller thin end will fall slightly below the breast pocket level (imaginary if there isn't one) on a shirt.
Take a moment to remove any ripples or folds in the tie, especially around the back of the neck so the tie sits comfortably around the collar
Step 2 - Take The Wide End Over The Top
Now we need to take the wide end of the tie and place it over the shorter (thin end).
Step 3 - Take The Wide End Around The Slim
You might remember this bit from school, we're going to go around the slim part of the tie, taking the wide end, and going behind the slim end, back toward the right.
Step 4 - Complete The Loop
We're now going to complete the loop by moving the wide end fully over the front of the narrow end back towards the left.
Simply put, step 3 under, step 4 over!
Step 5 - Bring The Wide End Up Behind The Knot
We now need to take the wide end of the tie and bring it up behind the newly formed loop from the underside.
Step 6 - Take The Wide End Through The Loop
We are now going to take the wide end and pull it through the new loop.
Simply put in steps 5 and 6 it is under over and through!
Step 7 - The Knot Is Now Formed
The knot is now formed, you can adjust the positioning and tighten the knot by pulling down the wide end, and sliding the knot up to adjust the position.
Step 8 - Your Four In Hand Knot Is Complete
Hopefully, you found this easy enough and are ready to try something a little more adventurous?
If not, then don't worry, you can take the tie off, pull the knot to the end of the narrow end and start again. It just takes a little bit of practice and each and every necktie is truly unique!
Are you ready to learn a new knot, then check out our Half Windsor tutorial next!
How To Tie A Half-Windsor Knot
Half Windsor tie knots are a popular way to wear a tie, the half Windsor knot is a well-balanced form of necktie knot, and when formed correctly gives a medium-sized unrivaled tie envied by onlookers, this half tie offers the wearer style and sophistication!
How To Tie A Half Windsor Knot "Quick Guide"
Step 1 - Hang The Tie Around The Neck
Hang the necktie around the neck, ensuring the tie sits comfortably around the collar with no twists around the collar or neckline.
The wide end of the tie should be positioned on the left just above the waistline, this will vary slightly for longer and shorter ties, you will find the correct balance, with practice, for your specific tie!
Step 2 - Take The Wide End Over The Narrow Side
Take the wide end of the tie and place it over the top of the narrow side (left as looking at the image) ad above!
Step 3 - Take The Wide End Under The Narrow Side
Move the wide end of the tie under the narrow end of the tie back towards the right (as looking at the image) hand side of the body.
Step 4 - Take The Wide End Back Up Towards The Middle
We now need to take the wide end of the tie back up towards the middle of the build to the center of the neck loop.
Step 5 - Pass The Wide End Through The Loop
Pass the wide end through the neck loop and back over to the left-hand side (left as you look at the image) as per the above.
Step 6 - Pass The Wide End Over The Top
Take the wide end of the tie back over the top of the loop towards the right-hand side (as looking at the image).
Step 7 - Pass The Wide End Under The Loop
Now take the wide end of the tie and take it back under the loop and over the top of the knot to be formed.
Step 8 - Bring The Wide End Through The Loop
Bring the tie wide end of the tie back through the loop you've just created in the front of the tie.
Step 9 - The Knot Is Now Formed
You can now tighten the knot by pulling the end of the end of the tie down and sliding the knot upwards to adjust to comfort.
Step 10 - Your Half Windsor Is Now Complete
We hope you found this guide easy to follow, and that you feel you're now truly confident in tying a half Windsor knot.
But if you're not happy with your result then you can always release the knot fully by sliding it down the wide end of the tie and over the end, then starting again, practice, as they say, truly does make perfect!
Fun fact they say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything, but we think you can do it in under an hour!
How To Tie A Full-Windsor Knot
Our next step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of tying a full Windsor knot. We have broken down each stage from start to finish. But don't worry if you need any help we are here for you!
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The full Windsor offers the perfect balance of symmetry and size for an everyday knot. Contrary to popular belief it's not actually as complex as people think to achieve!
So let us show you how!
Tying a Full Windsor Knot "Quick Guide"
If it's just a quick reminder you need then our quick guide might be the perfect starting point to refresh the memory!
If you want a more detailed breakdown of how to tie a Windsor knot then keep reading!
How to tie a Windsor Knot Step By Step Guide!
If you've never tied a Windsor knot before then that probably feels like information overload. But don't worry our walk-through guide will break down the tutorial into bitesize chunks to help you master the perfect tie in no time!
Step 1 - Drape The Tie Around The Neck
Drape the tie around your neck collar. The wider end of the tie should rest slightly above the navel (this will depend on the length of the tie and your height), but this acts as a good starting point!
Step 2 - Wide End Over The Top
Take the wide end of the tie over the top of the narrow end towards the right.
Step 3 - Up Behind to Form a Loop
We now take the wide end behind and up through the newly created loop.
Step 4 - Over & back Down Across The Body
We will then take the wide end over the top and down towards the right of the body.
Step 5 - Back Around The Loop
Now take the wide end around the back of the narrow (short) end towards the left of the body.
Step 6 - Up and Over To Form a Loop
Now bring the wide end up towards the centerline of the knot where the neck loop is to be formed.
Step 7 - Across The Body
We now need to take the wide end through the neck loop and down towards the left of the body.
Step 8 - Bring The Tie Around
Now we take the wide end of the tie over the top of the loop and back towards the right of the body.
Step 9 - Up and Under The Loop
Now take the wide end of the tie upwards back under the loop from the underside.
Step 10- Back Through The Loop
Bring the wide end of the tie back down through the front of the loop that you just created!
Step 11 - Tighten The Necktie
You can tighten the knot to your preference by pulling the wide end down and the knot up, do this gradually so as not to overtighten the knot or the overall assembly.
Your Windsor Knot Is Complete!
And that's it! Hopefully, your tie now looks like this, but don't worry if not, it takes a bit of time and practice to get it perfect, so you can pull the knot to the end of the wide end of the tie and start all over again!
We hope you found this series of how to tie a necktie guides, useful, but please let us know if you need any more help, then our team of expert stylists would be happy to reach out and support you at firstname.lastname@example.org