How to Tie a Tie


Have you graduated beyond the clip-on tie? Beginning with these helpful instructions, a sharp-looking tie, a mirror, and some patience, you can become an expert in tying your own fashionable knot. You have several options available, from the versatile Four-in-Hand Knot to the classic Windsor.

If you're helping someone else put on a tie, see this article for instructions from that perspective.

Part 1
Using the Easiest Method (Four-in-Hand Knot)

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With your collar up and your shirt fully buttoned, place the tie around your shoulders. Hang the wider end of the tie on your right side, with the narrow end about 12 inches (30 cm) higher on the left.[1] Tip: Avoid spread collars withthis small, asymmetric knot.[2]Tip: Avoid spread collars with thissmall, asymmetric knot.[2]Tip: Avoid spread collars with this small,asymmetric knot.[2]Tip: Avoid spread collars with this small, asymmetric knot.[2]Tip: Avoid spread collars with this small, asymmetric knot.[2]

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Bring the wide end to the left side of your body, over the narrow end. Hold the two pieces of cloth together with your left hand, near your neck.

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Let go with your right hand. Tuck it underneath the narrow end, grab the wide end, and pull it back through to your right side.

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Cross it over the narrow end one more time, at the same point where your left hand is holding the knot together. Note: The front of the tie shouldbe facing forward again (so theseam is hidden).Note: The front of the tie should befacing forward again (so the seam ishidden).Note: The front of the tie should be facingforward again (so the seam is hidden).Note: The front of the tie should be facing forward again (so the seamis hidden).Note: The front of the tie should be facing forward again (so the seam ishidden).

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Fold the tip of the wide end under itself and pull up through the neck loop.[3]

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You should have a horizontal knot across the front of your tie. Hold this knot open with your finger and carefully insert the wide end.

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Hold the narrow end and slide the front knot up to tighten the tie. Make sure your tie is straight and the length is appropriate, ideally ending at the top of your belt buckle. Tip: The four-in-hand knot is alittle asymmetrical at the neck.Don't worry about this; it isnormal.Tip: The four-in-hand knot is a littleasymmetrical at the neck. Don't worryabout this; it is normal.Tip: The four-in-hand knot is a littleasymmetrical at the neck. Don't worry aboutthis; it is normal.Tip: The four-in-hand knot is a little asymmetrical at the neck. Don'tworry about this; it is normal.Tip: The four-in-hand knot is a little asymmetrical at the neck. Don't worryabout this; it is normal.Squeeze the sides of the knot gently to create a dimple just below it.

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Part 2
Tying the Traditional Windsor Knot (Extra Formal)

Tying the Traditional Windsor Knot (Extra Formal) on How to Tie a Tie

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Make sure the wider end is on the right, and about 14 inches (36 cm) lower than the thinner side on the left.[4] The Windsor knot uses a lot of cloth, so the lower end should start a bit lower than you would usually position a tie. Tip: Many consider the large,symmetric Windsor knot the mostelegant and formal option. Wearit with a spread or wide spreadcollar.[5]Tip: Many consider the large,symmetric Windsor knot the mostelegant and formal option. Wear itwith a spread or wide spreadcollar.[5]Tip: Many consider the large, symmetricWindsor knot the most elegant and formaloption. Wear it with a spread or wide spreadcollar.[5]Tip: Many consider the large, symmetric Windsor knot the most elegantand formal option. Wear it with a spread or wide spread collar.[5]Tip: Many consider the large, symmetric Windsor knot the most elegant andformal option. Wear it with a spread or wide spread collar.[5]

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Hold one end in each hand, then pass each of them to the opposite hand. The wide end should now be on your left side.[6][7]

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Using your right hand, hold the two ends where they cross near your collar. With your left hand, pull the wide end up through the neck loop from below.

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Rest the wide end back on your chest, to the left of the narrow end.

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Grab the wide end with your right hand and pull it back to the right side of your body, under the narrow end. Hold the knot near your collar in place with your left hand.

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Keep it on the right side.

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Insert the tip of the wide end and pull through, still on the right side. Note: The underside of the wideend should now be facing forward.Note: The underside of the wide endshould now be facing forward.Note: The underside of the wide end shouldnow be facing forward.Note: The underside of the wide end should now be facing forward.Note: The underside of the wide end should now be facing forward.

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Fold it back over from right to left, so the front side is visible again.

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Bring the wide end back up through the neck loop one last time.

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Place the wide end through the horizontal knot at the front of the tie. Pull it through.

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Hold the base of the front knot and squeeze gently from the sides. Slowly pull the wide end of the tie to bring the knot closer to the neck.

Part 3
Tying the Pratt Knot (Basic Formal Knot)

Tying the Pratt Knot (Basic Formal Knot) on How to Tie a Tie

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Unlike most knots, the Pratt knot begins with the tie upside down, so the seam of the tie is facing forward. Hang the wide end of the tie over your right side, and the narrow end over your left side. This medium size knot suits most collars and builds.[8]

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In a knotted tie, the wide end should just graze the top of your belt buckle.[9] At the start, however, raise or lower the wide end until it hangs 1–2 inches (2.5–5 cm) below this point. As a rule of thumb, the Pratt knot will lift the wide end by this distance as you tie the knot.[10] The narrow end of the tie should be higher than the wide end. It will usually be around belly button level, but this is less important than the wide end's placement.[11]

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Move the wide end across your body to the left side, placing it underneath the narrow end. Do not move the narrow end of the tie for any part of this knot.[12] Just hold it steady while you use the wide end.

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Place the tip on top of the loop, still on your left side.

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Insert the wide end down into the loop from above. Pull it through in the same direction it lay before, on the left.

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This flips the wide end so the seam is no longer visible. The wide end will extend at an angle off to your right.

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Bring the wide end up to your neck loop again, but this time from below. Pull it through.

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Your last fold created a horizontal loop at the front of your tie. Tuck the wide end through this loop, and pull straight down to tighten. The wide end should now rest in front of the narrow end.

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Pull down on the wide end to tighten. Slide the front knot up to the base of your collar to fasten the tie. To create a dimple just below the front knot, squeeze the sides of the knot gently as you tighten.[13]

Part 4
Tying a Half Windsor Knot (Formal)

Tying a Half Windsor Knot (Formal) on How to Tie a Tie

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Place the tie around your neck and let the sides hang in front of you. The wide end should be on the right side of your body, and hang roughly 12 inches (30 cm) lower than the narrow end on the left.[14] The Half Windsor is a triangular, symmetrical knot suitable for formal occasions. Larger than the Four-in-hand but less bulky than the Windsor, this can work with most neckties and collar types.[15] Neckties made from thicker fabric will likely require a spread or wide spread collar with this knot.[16]

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Bring the wide end of the tie over to your left side, crossing over the narrow end.

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Complete a loop around the narrow end and pull the wide end back to the right side. The underside of the wide end should be visible at this point.

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Raise the wide end up to the loop of necktie at your collar. Keep it on the right side.

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Insert the wide tip down through the loop and pull it through from the left side, so it crosses under the narrow end.

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Bring the wide end back across the front and onto your right side.

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Fold the wide end up through the neck loop a second time.

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Loosen the front knot with your finger and insert the wide end. Pull it through to rest over the narrow end.

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Gently squeeze the front knot as you pull to slide the knot up and create a dimple at the front of your tie.