The Guide of 5 Stylish Ways of how to tie a tie
Here’s our guide of 5 stylish ways to tie a necktie, this guide can be used as a reference for the next time you need to wear a necktie. The guide covers how to tie the tie for he Full Windsor, Pratt, Half Windsor, Cavendish, Four-in-Hand knots, save this article for a guide for the future for your next event.
- How to tie a tie: The Full Windsor Knot
There are over 100 ways to tie a necktie but the Windsor Knot is the most popular of all. You may have heard of the knot being called the Full Windsor also as Double Windsor, even just the plain old Windsor. The windsor knot, compared to other methods, produces a wide symmetrical triangular knot. The knot is best used with a wide collar or spread collar.
A bit of history on the knot
The knot is said to have originated from the Duke of Windsor but likely invented by his father George V.
The Duke of Windsor visited the United States in the 1930's, his stylish fashion sense was quickly adopted and spread throughout the Country.
The name was created in honor of the Duke of Windsor although he preferred a Four-in-Hand himself. However, he employed heavier material to obtain a satisfactory appearance. The Windsor steps were designed using a thinner material which made the knot appear similar to the appearance of the thicker fabric used by the Duke of Windsor to produce the knot.
Here are the steps:
- Grab your tie, place the wider side on your left shoulder.
- Then cross the wide end over the narrow end.
- Bring the wide end up through the loop between the collar and your tie.
- Down to the left.
- Around the back of the small end to the right.
- Up to the center, towards neck loop.
- Through the neck loop and down to the right.
- cross over the front to the left.
- Bring the tie up into the neck loop from underneath.
- Down through the loop you've just created in the front.
- Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up & adjust.
Congratulations, you now have a Full Windsor knot tied. The Windsor knot is the foundation to learning how to tie multiple versions of stylish knots. Enjoy your Windsor knot and I hope you pass your skill forward to teaching someone in the future how to tie the full windsor knot.
- How to tie a tie: The Pratt Knot
Tying a perfect tie is not an easy chore, but at the same time it’s not an impossible one. Take a sigh and say you can do it. Today is your day when you will not end up tying a tangled mesh of cloth that would stubbornly not come out of the miserable knots. Many occasions call for a tie, school functions call for tie, formal dinners call for tie, office and some workplaces call for tie and most importantly do you want to look tie-less on your wedding day too? No? So learn it today!
One of the most common and elegant ways of wearing a tie is a Pratt Knot (also known as Shelby Knot). Mr. Pratt led the trend of tying his necktie in his discrete fashion before anchorman Don Shelby publicized it on local television in 1989. The knot’s popularity shot up spectacularly when articles about the "Shelby Knot" appeared in the New York Times and the New York Daily Telegraph. It is basically a method of tying a tie around one’s neck and collar, it was called unique because of being tied inside out The Pratt knot is nifty, graceful and of a perfect size, almost between the Four-in-Hand Knot and the Half Windsor Knot.
How to tie a Pratt knot:
- To begin with, start with the necktie inside out, with the wide end should be on the right, extending about 12 inches below the narrow end on the left.
- Only move the wide end.
- Next, cross the wide end under the narrow end, bring it up to the center, towards the neck loop
- Then Pull the loop down and tighten it.
- (You are almost there) Take the wide end over to the right.
- Neatly pull the wide end up, behind the loop.
- And lastly, bring the wide end through the knot and tighten lightly.
- Adjust it according to your neck size.
Comparison with other ways of tying a tie:
The Pratt knot is composed of a variation of both: the Windsor knot and the lesser known Nicky knot. It begins with the tie seams facing outward and yields a proportionate and a crisp triangular knot. It uses less of the tie fabric than the full Windsor, yet produces a knot that can easily be mistaken for it.
Because of the resemblances to the Windsor, the Pratt knot can be worn in nearly any type of semi-formal to formal affair. Business, Official trips, weddings, this knot is a home to each and every one men. Since the Pratt knot has a medium sized knot, it works fairly well for men with moderately sized faces. For some men, the Windsor would dwarf their faces; however the Pratt knot accolades and complements their face and body.
Due to the Pratt knots suitable size, it fits well with button down and spread collars. The knot doesn’t direct these collar types as the Windsor would. In conclusion the Pratt Knot is a pleasant, classic necktie knot that would be wise for the stylish man to tryout and include it in their routine.
Hence, learning to how to tie a Pratt knot is in your hands. All you need is a bit of practice. Best of luck then!
- How to tie a tie: The Half Windsor Knot
Tying a Tie!
There are literally hundreds of methods to tie a necktie. There are many styles and shapes of knots. All of these styles produce variations in sizes and shapes giving different designs while tying s knot of necktie. Some of the most popular knots would be Full Windsor or Double Windsor, Half Windsor or Single Windsor, Four-in-hand, or Pratt Knot.
What’s the ‘Windsor’ part?
The name is said to be derived from the style statement of Duke of Windsor. Although, it is likely that knot which bears the name ‘Windsor’ is invented by his father, George the Fifth. In 1930, Duke visited United States; his style statement was widely appreciated and adopted throughout the country. Though the knot got its name, Duke of Windsor personally used the Four-in-Hand knot. The Windsor part is used for two different knots, Full and Half, as discussed earlier. Let’s see the method of tying a Half Windsor or Single Windsor knot.
Half Windsor Knot
Half Windsor knot is bigger in size than the four-in-hand knot and pratt knot. Yet, it smaller than the Full Windsor knot. Half Windsor knot is derived from its full version. This method of tying produces a neat and triangular knot. The knot suits well with light and medium weight fabrics.
How to tie this Half-Windsor Knot?
Let’s begin to tie this knot. Here are the step-by-step instructions for tying a good Half-Windsor Knot to your necktie.
Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end on the left. Depending on your height and the length & thickness of your tie, the tip of the small end should rest slightly above your belly-button. Only move the wide end.
- Wide end over the small end to the left.
- Under the small end and to the right.
- Up to the center, towards neck loop.
- Through the neck loop and to the left.
- Across the front, over to the right.
- Up into the neck loop from underneath.
- Down through the loop you've just created in the front.
- Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end.
- Slide the knot up & adjust.
And Bingo! You have a Half Windsor Knot tied. The skill of tying this knot improves over a period of time and when you learn it, do pass it on to others who seek help tying one.
- How to tie a tie : The Cavendish Knot
Cavendish tie style is a symmetric and an aesthetic knot. The aesthetic knots are described as; Terminal groupings (the last three moves that end in the tying of the bunch) are in striking. The bunch is assigned by its number alone.
A bunch is self-discharging if, when the slim end is hauled out through the bunch, no bunch is left; as all bunches begin on the left, a bunch is relaxing if the terminal arrangement is Ro Li Co; it is not relaxing if the terminal grouping is Lo Ri Co. Symmetry and relaxation are in integral circulation for bunches with the best level of parity for their class.
The Cavendish Knot is a moderately huge and thick tying strategy. It is comparative in its thickness to the Windsor bunch, and contrasts by its being marginally awry and less triangular (like a mix between the half-Windsor look with the thickness of the full Windsor).
The Cavendish tying strategy will be a decent decision for really long and thin ties. The benefit of this tying technique, dissimilar to other cumbersome tying strategies, is for its being tied from the standard beginning position (not upside-down, similar to the Balthus hitch), which is extraordinary news for the individuals who don't care for the look of the transformed limited end of the bowtie.
This article will help you in making your Cavendish knot. Follow the step by step procedure for tying a Cavendish styled tie.
- At the beginning, the wide end of the tie should be on the right side and the other end should be on the left side
- Cross the wide end over the other end. Now three regions are formed (Left, Right, and Center).
- Bring the wide end underneath the narrow end from the Left region to the Right region.
- Bring the wide end up from Right to Left.
- Bring the wide end up from Left to Center.
- Bring the wide end down to the Right region
- Bring the wide end under the tie knot from the Right region to the left region.
- Bring the wide end over the tie knot from the Left region to the Right region
- Bring the wide end from the Right to Center.
- Bring the wide end down and pass the loop in front. Ensure the knot is tightened.
- Use one hand to pull narrow end down gently and use the other hand to move the knot up until it reaches the center of the collar
You effectively tied your tie utilizing the Cavendish Knot tying strategy! Continue honing the Cavendish Knot to master the technique with precision and speed.
- How to Tie a Tie: The Four-in-Hand Knot
How to Tie a Tie
It is quite essential for men to know how to tie a tie. However, many men are without the skill to tie a tie and those who know it also may know only one necktie knot when there are four different types of tie knots – Four-in-hand, Pratt, Windsor and Half Windsor. It is very easy to learn how to tie a tie and it won’t take much of your time. Those who practice the same are advised to hold the tie in hand and keep a mirror near to them so that they can view the knot and check whether the knot is made properly.
The Four-in-hand knot
Though the Four-in-hand knot is considered as a common tie knot, it suits most to men whose necks are comparatively shorter. The perceived length of the neck gets stretched by a bit because of this knot since it is an elongated knot and is very narrow. This narrow knot is a little asymmetrical and is more discreet. For neckties made of heavy fabrics, this is the ideal knot. It is also the best knot for button-down type standard dress shirt.
Here are the 7 steps to tie a tie using the four-in-hand knot.
- One end of the tie is wide and the other end is narrow. Keep the wide end below the narrow end by approximately 12 inches.
- Keep the wide end crossed over the narrow end.
- Hold the wide end up above and behind the narrow end
- Again bring the wide end back over in front of the narrow end
- Pull up the wide end through the loop that is around the neck
- Using your index finger hold the knot loosely and through the front loop pull down the wide end
- Remove the index finger. By holding the narrow end and slowly sliding the knot up tighten the knot to the collar.
The Four-in-hand tie not is also known as the “schoolboy” knot. This knot is the easiest as well as the most widely used tie knot. For the ties that are made of thick material, Four-in-hand is the best knot. Also, when the spread collars are comparatively smaller, the Four-in-hand knot looks highly stylish.
Removing the tie
When you want to remove the tie, instead of removing it in haste, follow the correct procedure. All the steps that were followed to tie the tie are to be repeated in the reverse order to remove the tie. Since the tie is a precious part of your dress, by taking proper care to tie the tie as well as remove it, it can be used for a longer period.
It is easy to get rid of the wrinkles of the tie. Hold the narrow end of the tie up using the thumb leaving the wide end to hang down. Repeatedly wrap the wide end around your hand, take up and keep on a flat surface. The wrinkles will disappear within few hours and the tie will appear fresh.
Length of neck tie
Irrespective of the type of the knot, the wide end of the tie must be almost at the same height as the upper edge of the belt with the tip of the tie a little below the same. There is no specific location for the tip of the narrow end.