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3 Tie Knots You Cannot Afford to Miss - A Simple Guide

A knot expert shows us the 3 most effective ways to tie the knot!


How to tie a tie is a dying art. Casual wear is on the rise and true gentleman attire is becoming a thing of the past. However, there is still a small group of gents who aim for "dapper" status.


We've been fortunate enough to gain the methods of Brent Murrell, creative director at Ties.com, on how to tie his three go to knots.


The Half Windsor


“The half-windsor is somewhere in between the slim four-in-hand and the bulky double-windsor ,” Murrell says.

It's tough to get this knot wrong and because it's so effective the half windsor is our no.1 choice.



Step #1: Begin with the large end of the tie on your right-hand side and the small end on your left-hand side (again, this end should sit just above your belly button). Step #2: Place the large end over the small end (to your left-hand side). Step #3: Loop the large end under the small end (to your right-hand side). Step #4: Bring the large end up and over the neck loop. Step #5: Bring the large end down through the neck loop, then to the left. Step #6: Bring the large end across your chest (or, to your right-hand side). Step #7: Bring the large end up through the inside of the loop around your neck. Step #8: Bring the large end down through the front loop you’ve just created. Step #9: Tighten the knot by pulling down on the large end, and adjust as necessary.


Four-In-Hand


Named after a 19th Century Gentleman's

Club, the Four-in-Hand is the champion of necktie knots. It's the king of knots because of its simplicity and versatility.


“The four-in-hand is a small, modern knot,” Murrell explains.


Step #1: Begin with the large end of the tie on your right-hand side and the small end on your left-hand side (this end should sit just above your belly button). Step #2: Place the large end over the small end (to your left-hand side). Step #3: Loop the large end under the small end (to your right-hand side). Step #4: Loop the large end across your chest—again, over the small end. Step #5: Bring the large end up through the inside of the loop around your neck. Step #6: Bring the large end down through the front loop you’ve just created. Step #7: Tighten the knot by pulling down on the large end, and adjust as necessary.


You'll know the four-in-hand is tied correctly because the end will hang between the top and bottom of your belt. Make sure to keep the knot tight whilst tying otherwise you'll end up with a squiffy knot. No-one likes a squiffy knot!


Windsor Knot


The Windsor knot is the largest knot listed here. It is smart, symmetrical and formal knot for a true gent.


“The double-windsor is a large traditional knot,” Murrell notes




Step #1: Begin with the large end of the tie on your right-hand side and the small end on your left-hand side (once again, this end should sit just above your belly button). Step #2: Place the large end over the small end (to your left-hand side). Step #3: Bring the large end up through the inside of the loop around your neck. Step #4: Bring the large end down to your left-hand side. Step #5: Loop the large end around the back of the small end (to your right-hand side). Step #6: Bring the large end over the front of the neck loop. Step #7: Bring the large end down through the inside of the loop around your neck, then to your right-hand side. Step #8: Bring the large end across your chest, over the small end. Step #9: Bring the large end through the neck loop from underneath. Step #10: Bring the large end down through the front loop you’ve just made. Step #11: Tighten the knot by pulling down on the large end, and adjust as necessary.


With these three knots under your belt you'll never need to know another necktie knot.


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Photo credits - Ties.com

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