How to tie a tie - learn with easy step by step instructions

Ties are definitely back. There is always an occasion when a necktie will need to be worn. If a tie is tied correctly, the tip of the necktie should come right to your belt. Not three inches above it and not six inches below it.

We provide you with easy, step-by-step instructions on how to tie a tie. The four most widely known different ways to make a tie are the Four in Hand knot, the Pratt knot, the Half Windsor knot and the Windsor knot. There are several other knots with interesting names. The basic four above will serve any shirt.

How to tie a Four in Hand knot

Steps on how to tie a Four in Hand tie knot

Level: Easy

Occasion/Wear with: Narrow collor or button down, narrow suits. The necktie to wear with jeans.

Advantage: Easiest to learn, a knot can be worn by anyone.

How to tie a Pratt knot

Steps on how to tie a Pratt tie knot

Level: Medium

Occasion/Wear with: A tidy knot, suitable for most occasions. (Also known as the Shelby knot.)

Advantage: Symmetric, average size knot.

How to tie a Half Windsor knot

Steps on how to tie a Half Windsor tie knot

Level: Medium

Occasion/Wear with: Suitable for most occasions. It works best with slightly wider neckties made from light/medium fabrics.

Advantage: Symmetric

How to tie a Windsor knot

Steps on how to tie a Windsor tie knot

Level: Difficult

Occasion/Wear with: A wide spread collar, formal shirt. Not for ties with a thick fabric, the resulting knot will be too large.

Advantage: Symmetric

Just say no to clip-on ties. If you are old enough to be reading this website, you are old enough to learn how to tie a tie. Whatever your choice of knot for your necktie, always make sure that the front of the tie has at least one dimple - a depression or half-fold - in it as it comes forth from the knot. You create the dimple simply by massaging it, using whatever fingers you have and in whatever way works, as you stiffen the knot. A tight knot almost always ensures a dimple. A smooth, convex tie-front is un-sensual; a dimpled or ruffled tie is more textured and expressive.

"A Well-Tied Tie is the First Serious Step in Life" - Oscar Wilde