How to Tie a Tie in 10 Different Ways

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Bet you didn’t know that the 28th August is actually Bow Tie Day? Random we know but it is true and that’s got us thinking all about ties and of course, as big fans of suits, we’ve also got a key interest in the accessories that go along with them.

Ties aren’t a one size fits all and there’s actually a whole array of different ways to tie your tie, so in celebration of Bow Tie Day, we’re going to be sharing with you 10 different ways to tie your tie to help you put an extra special touch on your look, whatever the occasion.

The Simple Knot

Nothing too fancy, just the way the majority of us do our tie on a daily basis, the simple knot is quick, easy and most of all, functional.

This knot is favourable not just for those reasons but also because it works with ties of all widths, be it regular, slim or skinny, so you can guarantee whatever tie you pull out of your collection, this will work.

  • Start with the tie around your neck, the thinner end slightly shorter than the wider side
  • Pass the wider side under the thinner side
  • Wrap the wider side over the top of the thinner piece and then under the knot you’ve not created
  • Pass the excess of the wider side through the knot you’ve created and pull to tighten

Four in Hand

It may look very similar to the simple knot we’ve covered above but the four in hand knot is ever so slightly different in how it’s done and creates a slim, practical knot that is also quick and easy to do when you’re in a rush or just don’t want anything too complicated.

  • Start with the untied tie around your neck, with the wider side longer than the thinner side
  • Pass the wider side over the top of the thinner side
  • Wrap the wider side underneath the thinner side and then back around over the top, so the wider side is back where it started
  • Pass the wider side underneath the knot you’ve created and pull it through the knot, tightening to finish

Windsor Knot

Increasing the difficulty ever so slightly but not too much just yet, the Windsor Knot is a commonly known way to tie your tie and is used by a lot of men who wear a tie on a day to day basis.

It’s a bit of an upgrade from your standard knot but it’s still relatively quick and easy to do once you’ve mastered it.

  • Start with the untied tie around your neck, wider side longer than the thinner side
  • Pass the wide side across the top of the thinner side and then underneath the crossover you’ve created
  • Pull the wider side back out the top and return to the same side before passing underneath the knot you’re creating, so it is now on the other side, face down
  • Pass the wide side over the top of the knot you’re creating and pull through, so it returns to the same position it was in before this fold
  • Now pass the wide side over the top of the knot, back under the knot and pull through
  • Tighten to finish

The Prince Albert

It looks more impressive than your simple knot or four in hand but it’s no more difficult, the Prince Albert knot simply incorporates an extra wrap that the other’s don’t, making it look a little more complex.

  • Start as usual with the untied tie around the turned up collar, wider side longer than the thinner side
  • Pass the wider side over the thinner side and then underneath, so the wider side is now face down
  • Pass the wider side back over the top of the thinner side, so it has returned to where it started and now do this whole step again, so the wider side has now been wrapped around twice
  • Once the wider side has returned after the second wrap around, pass it under the knot and then pull through the knot, tightening to finish

The Pratt Knot

This one is a little bit ‘out there’ and the slightly unusual twist in this style might not be for every man but the key to this knot is that you wear the tie with the top side facing down… yes, really.

The main body of the tie will be facing upwards as usual once finished but the portion of the tie hidden by your collar will in a sense be upside down! The knot itself, however, is actually very basic.

  • Start with your untied tie around your neck with the top side facing down, wider side longer than the thinner side
  • Pass the wider side underneath the thinner side and then fold the wider side over that cross over and back under, so the tie has returned to where it was before your wrapped it
  • Pass the wide side over the thin side so it is now facing upwards on the other side and do the same wrap under the knot but this time, pull the wider side through the knot and tighten to finish

 

 

The Eldredge Knot

We’re about to really step things up a notch, so if you’re still wrapping your head around the Windsor knot, you may want to take a few more minutes to master that before giving this one a go.

The Eldredge knot is undeniably difficult, even the best of tie wearers will have to admit that this knot takes concentration and expertise but if you’re out to impress, this is the method to try!

  • Start with your untied tie around your neck, wider side longer than the thinner side
  • Pass the thinner side over the top of the wider side and then underneath, so it is now on the other side, facing down
  • Take the thinner side and wrap it over those folds and pull under, so it returns on the other side
  • Take the thinner side and wrap over the knot you’ve started to create and pull back out the other side, still with the underneath facing upwards
  • Take the thin side of the tie and wrap over the knot, underneath the knot and pull back out over the top
  • Take the thin side behind the knot and pull through the look you’ve just created
  • Pass the thin side of the tie backwards through the neck loop and then wrap it across the neck loop on the other side of the knot and pull through the loop you’ve created
  • Tuck away the excess of the thin end and you’re done!

The Murrell Knot

There’s no denying that this one is a little odd and perhaps a knot reserved for the more eccentric of dressers but nevertheless, it’s a fun one to have a go at.

  • Start as usual with the wider end of the tie longer than the thinner side
  • Pass the thinner side across the top of the thicker side and tuck under the neck loop
  • Pull the thin side out of the neck loop and return to the side it started on
  • Pass the thinner side behind the thicker side, fold over and through the neck loop, returning to where this fold started
  • Pass the thinner side back across the thicker side, underneath the neck loop and pull through the loop you’ve created in the knot
  • Pull tight to finish and the thinner side should be on top

The Trinity Knot

This is the kind of style you’d go for if you’re really out to turn heads. It’s complex, intricate and to any tie novice, it’s seriously impressive.

  • Start with the wider side longer than the thinner side and cross the thinner side over the top of the wider side
  • Pass the thinner side underneath the neck loop and pull back out, returning to where it started
  • Pass the thinner side around the back of the thicker side and then fold over the neck loop, pull back out on the other side, however now it should have the underside facing up
  • Wrap the thinner side over the top of the knot you’re creating, place underneath the neck loop and pull out the top of the neck loop
  • You should now have a loop across the knot you can pull the thinner side through
  • Don’t pull fully tight, once the thinner side has started to come out the bottom of the loop, start to wrap it behind the knot and then pull upwards through the new loop created
  • This time pull tightly to finish and tuck the excess of the thinner side behind the neck loop!

The Balthus Knot

The Balthus knot is a strange one; it looks simple once completed, not too dissimilar to a Windsor knot but the method behind tying this knot is far more complex and actually takes a lot of skill to get right.

  • Start with your untied tie around your neck with the upper side facing towards your chest, wider side longer than the thinner side
  • Pass the wider side underneath the thinner side, wrap over the top of the neck loop and pull back out on the other side
  • Now wrap the wider side over the neck loop on the other side, again pulling out the bottom of the neck loop on the opposite side to where this wrap started
  • Wrap the wider side back over the top of the neck loop, again pulling out of the neck loop on the opposite side of the centre
  • Wrap the thick side of the tie over the top of the knot, pass underneath the centre of the neck loop and pull through the loop you’ve now created over the top of the knot
  • Pull tight to finish

 

A Bow Tie

It’s a skill that baffles many men, with a lot of gents opting for pre-tied bow ties to avoid the hassle but when you know how, tying a bow tie isn’t all that difficult.

  • Start with the untied bow tie around your neck with the top side facing up and the right side shorter than the left
  • Move the left side of the tie over the top of the right side and fold up from underneath the neck loop
  • At this point, take the right side and fold it into the centre, creating your bow shape
  • Bring the left hand side from above and fold directly down, giving your bow a centre
  • Pinch the excess of the left side, carry on wrapping behind the right side and pull through the loop between the bow and the neck loop
  • Once in place, pull the folds to tighten

There you have it, 10 different ways to tie your tie and look seriously dapper while doing it.

Shop the Guthrie & Valentine black tie seen in the pictures and more in the range of men’s ties at Slater Menswear.

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