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Top 10 Best Different Ways To Tie a Tie For MenTop 10 Best Different Ways To Tie a Tie For Men
Most men spend their entire lives wearing the same tie knots they learned as boys, such as the informal Half-Windsor or the aristocratic Balthus. There’s nothing wrong with that – a well-tied knot is never a fashion faux pas – however, like with haircuts and spectacles, changing knots frequently exposes a style that may better fit your appearance. Tie knots are a great way to jazz up an outfit by making something a little more interesting out of your old cravats. And a unique knot will always awe people because imaginative folding appears far more difficult than it is. Here are ten traditional knots that are simple to tie (and even easier to pull off). So, for all your uncertainties, trust Teeanime!
1. The Four-in-Hand
The Four-in-Hand originated in the mid-19th century when ascots and cravats were replaced by narrow, rectangular strips of material, which became ties. This basic knot is perfect for everyday wear. Its asymmetrical shape shows seamless attention to detail without shouting it, like an exclamation point-shaped knot might. The skinny knot goes nicely with pointed or button-down collars and flatters guys with oval or skinnier faces. Heavyweight knitted or wool ties work best with this knot.
- Start with the longer, wider end, which is about 12 inches longer, on your right.
- Cross the wide end over the top of the narrow end with your right hand, then bring it from left to right behind the shorter end.
- Bring the wide end to the left and back over the skinny end.
- Pull the wide end up through the loop in front of your neck and under the knot.
- Put the wide end through the front of the knot and gently pull until the knot is tight.
- With one hand, pull down on the narrow end, and with the other, move the knot up to the middle of the collar. Adjust for desired tightness.
2. The Pratt
Although it is symmetrical to the Windsor, the Pratt (also known as the Shelby or the Shell) is knotted with little length in the knot. That means you may make the most of your tie’s length, which is especially useful for shorter ties (and taller men). Another distinguishing element of the Pratt is that it is tied with the rear seam of the tie facing out; hence, the finished product has the front side of the narrow end of the tie facing your shirt. Aside from being a stylistic departure, it’s a sly technique to extend the life of a soiled tie.
- Begin by turning the tie inside out so that the back seam is facing outward. Wrap it around your neck so that the wide end is on your right side and the narrow end is about 12 inches longer.
- Pass through the wide end behind the narrow end.
- Loop the wide end around and back behind the narrow end.
- Pull the wide end to your right and up behind the loop.
- Pass the wide end through the knot. Adjust to achieve the desired tightness.
3. The Half-Windsor
If a Four-in-Hand is too little and a Windsor is too large, the Half-Windsor is an option. This lightweight Windsor retains its robust, symmetrical structure, but it is more streamlined, with fewer folds and a less bulky appearance. Because of its medium size, the Half-Windsor knot is suitable for all occasions and goes well with any size shirt collar.
- Begin with the wide end on your right side, which should be about 12 inches longer than the narrow end.
- Cross the wide end to your left over the small end to your right, then back behind the narrow end to your right.
- Take the broad end and loop it up over the front of the knot, down through the loop behind the knot, and to the right.
- Bring the wide end to the front and cross it over the narrow end from right to left.
- Pull the broad end of the tie all the way up through the rear of the loop.
- Bring the wide end down through the knot’s front. Adjust to achieve the desired tightness.
4. The Full Windsor
Despite the fact that many menswear fans credit Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor, with inventing the modern-day Windsor knot, the Duke preferred a four-in-hand that he tied with custom-made extra-thick ties. The Windsor knot of today is merely a means to achieve the same powerful fabric fist with any basic tie. Remember that selecting the proper tie knot is all about dimensions. The Windsor suits men with larger necks or squarer, heavier features because of its wide, symmetrical design. Don’t forget to give this knot some breathing room by using a spread or semi-spread collar.
- Begin with the wide end on the right, approximately 12 inches below the narrow end on the left.
- Cross the wide end over the small end and pull it up through the loop between the collar and the knot.
- Return the wide end to the front of the knot.
- Pull the broad end underneath the narrow end and to the right, then back through the loop and to the right, so the wide end hangs inside out.
- Bring the wide end from your right to your left across the front.
- Pull the broad end back through the loop and down through the front of the knot. Adjust to achieve the desired tightness.
5. The Grantchester
The secret to wearing larger tie knots, such as the Grantchester, is to use silk or other lightweight fabrics, as wool or knits might look uncomfortably thick. Another advantage of this larger knot? If you’re shorter than average or your tie is a bit too long, its multiple layers are a terrific way to use up some extra fabric length.
- Begin with the wide end on your right side and the small end on your left side, which is about 12 inches shorter. Begin by turning the tie inside out so that the back seam faces outwards from your neck.
- Cross the narrow end over the broad end, then bring the wide end to the right over the top of the narrow end.
- Take the wide end behind the small end to the left and back over the top of the narrow end to the right.
- Bring the broad end through the loop around your neck and beneath the narrow end.
- Drop the wide end to your left side. Bring it back over to your right side, under the knot.
- Return to the knot, dragging the broad end back over the left side, and pulling the length of the tie up through the loop.
- Bring the broad end down through the front of the knot to finish. Adjust to achieve the desired tightness.
6. The Balthus
The Balthus, named for Polish painter Balthasar Klossowski, resembles an artist’s canvas. Because the Balthus utilizes so much fabric, attaining the appropriate length might be difficult. (The golden rule: Ties cease at the belt buckle.) The Tie Bar’s Leslie Simon suggests pairing the Balthus with closed vests or coats. The vest or jacket may help with length by hiding your midsection.”
- Turn the tie inside out so the back seam faces your neck. Start with the wide end on your right, which is much longer than the narrow end—this knot needs a lot of fabric.
- Hold the small end over the wide end on your right. Your left is now the wide end.
- Loop the broad end over the front, through the neck loop, and behind the narrow tie.
- Bring the wide end up from your right side and down through the loop again to your left.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 again, looping the broad end over the knot on the left and right.
- Pull the tie length through the loop, passing the wide end behind the knot again.
- Put the wide end through the knot’s front. Adjust tightness.
7. The Bow Tie
Today’s oldest necktie is the bow tie. Aristocrats knotted lace cravats in the 17th century. The bow tie has gone in and out of style since Regency-era England popularized smaller silk bow ties. Today, men who want to be recognized tie bow ties. Bow ties are available in many materials and patterns and can be worn anywhere. For smart casual clothes, use cotton or wool, and for formal wear, silk satin or grosgrain.
- Start by hanging the bow tie over your neck, seam side down, with the right end 1.5 to 2 inches longer than the left.
- To make an overhand knot, cross the long end over the shorter end and bring it up through the loop. Tighten this to the appropriate tightness—loose enough to manipulate the tie, tight enough to not dangle off your collar when finished.
- Fold the dangling end to the right. This fold will become the tie’s front.
- Bring the longer end down over the folded end and feed it up behind the knot, drawing the middle through the loop you made behind the folded end. (Like shoelaces.)
- Adjust your bow tie by tightening both parts at once.
8. The Eldredge
You probably won’t want to wear the Eldredge knot every day because it takes so much longer to tie than, say, a simple Four-in-Hand. Still, when done right, the Eldredge is the epitome of slick, with a unique layered shape. Set this one aside for special events. We recommend wearing it with understated outfits, where your suit and shirt are simple enough to let your tie be the main attraction.
- Wrap the tie around your neck with the wider end on your right and about 2 inches longer than the narrow end on your left. Make the wide end as long as you like after tying.
- Bring the narrow end over the wide end and back to your left behind it.
- Pull the narrow end over the neck loop front, through the back, and to your right side. Now tighten the knot.
- Cross the narrow end back over the knot’s front to your left and up through the loop’s back.
- Bring the narrow end down from the top, under the broad end from right to left, and over the front of the knot through the loop you just produced.
- Wrap the narrow end around your right neck loop.
- Return the thin end through the neck loop, cross it over the front, and pull it behind the knot to your left. Pull the thin end through your new loop and tighten. The narrow end will be minimal. Tuck this under the tie loop around your neck.
9. The Merovingian
The Merovingian is the knot for fashionistas. This unusual form displays the tie’s narrower end. A Merovingian knot is only utilized when the bottom ends of a tie are hidden, so wear a sweater, buttoned jacket, or vest. As with the Eldredge, use plain colors or a subtle stripe to show off this knot’s artistry.
- The seam should be on the outside of this Windsor knot.
- After tying the Windsor knot, the broader, longer front end will have a seam through the middle. Loosen the tie enough to remove it, flip it, and put it back on.
- The tie’s thin end should be front. Tighten the knot.
10. The Cavendish
Consider the Cavendish knot to be a Four-in-Hand knot tied twice, once as a mirror image. As a result, you get a nice lump of fabric that’s more substantial than a Four-in-Hand but less pronounced than a Windsor. “If you prefer a Four-in-Hand but find it too small, the Cavendish would be a nice solution for you,” says Leslie Simon, creative director of product at the Tie Bar. And for individuals with a bigger neck or wider shoulders, the Cavendish comes in a scaled-up size to match your frame dimensions.” A spread or semi-spread collar helps keep this knot’s proportions in line with the rest of your outfit.
- Start with the wide end on your right side, about 12 inches longer than the narrow end.
- Bring the wide end over the narrow end to your left, under to your right and back over to your left.
- Bring the wide end up through the loop at the neck and out to your right, then pull it behind the wide end to the left, and then, in front, back over to your right.
- Bring the wide end up through the back of the loop once more, and bring it down through the front of the knot. Adjust for desired tightness.