How to: Tie a Tie

Every man should learn how to tie a tie at one point or another in their life. Here is a post dedicated to teach you each of the four ways to tie a tie; the four in hand knot, the Pratt knot, the Half Windsor knot, and the Windsor knot and a bonus guide on how to tie a bow-tie. The first way to tie a tie is the four in hand knot demonstrated in the video below. The four in hand knot makes for a narrow, more discreet, and slightly asymmetrical tie knot. It is best suited for a standard button-down dress shirt and works well with wide neckties.

The next knot is the Pratt knot. The Pratt knot, also known as the Shelby knot is fairly wide, yet not as wide as the Windsor knot. It is well suited for any dress shirt and situation. The video below demonstrates how to tie the Pratt knot.

The Half Windsor Knot is a symmetrical and triangular tie knot that you can use with any dress shirt. It works best with somewhat wider neckties made from light to medium fabrics.

The Windsor Knot is a thick, wide and triangular tie knot. This is a knot that projects confidence, which is why it is commonly used for job interviews, courtroom appearances, and presentations. It is best suited for spread collar shirts.

Bonus video: If your feeling like a regular tie won’t get the job done then you can switch it up to a bow tie. A bow tie contains a lot of personality and can often separate you from the crowd.

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