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.