Easy
Takes:

5 minutes

Makes:

1 dapper necktie

Costs:

$0, assuming you have a tie and a shirt

Tie a Tie, Two Ways

Commit these two tie-tying methods to memory and consider yourself set for adulthood.

The Windsor

Drape the tie around your neck with the wide end on the right, letting that side hang about a foot below the narrow end of the tie.

Step 2

Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end to the left.

Step 3

Pass the wide end of the tie up through the hole between your collar and the tie.

Step 4

Then pull it down toward the left.

Step 5

Bring the wide end behind the narrow end and to the right.

Step 6

Bring the wide end back across to the left.

Step 7

Pull the wide end back through the loop again. A triangle should now be forming where the necktie knot will be.

Step 8

Pull the wide end through the knot in front.

Step 9

Tighten the knot, centering it with both hands.

Step 10

Wallah.

The Four in Hand

Drape the tie around your neck, letting the wide end hang to the right about 10 inches below the narrow end of the tie.

Step 2

Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end to the left.

Step 3

Turn the wide end back underneath the narrow end to the right.

Step 4

Continue wrapping the wide end around the narrow end by bringing it across the front of the narrow end again, to the left.

Step 5

Pull the wide end upwards and through the back of the loop.

Step 6

Hold the front of the tie knot with your index finger and bring the wide end down through the front knot.

Step 7

Carefully tighten the knot by holding the narrow end and sliding the knot up, centering it with both hands.

Step 8

Boom.

Go back to Step 1

Materials
  • tie
  • collared shirt

Cheat Sheet

  • The Windsor is the most well respected tying method. It results in a confidently wide and symmetrical tie knot, perfect for formal occasions and business suiting. (Tip: always unknot after wear, as this type of triangle knot can do some major damage to your tie.)
  • The Four in Hand is the most common tying method. It results in a cool, slightly asymmetrical tie knot, ideal for slim cut suits, casual looks, and the only tie you should ever wear with jeans.

Man or woman, tying a tie is one of those things that you should know how to do If you already know how (bravo, adult), chances are you could improve on your method, or at least brush up on some skills. Here, a map to tying a tie two ways for two types of occasions and when you should implement each (read: don’t be the guy at the party in the skinny suit with the boisterous business casual tie). Heed.

Lesson Plan

The Windsor

(Wear with broad collared shirt)

  1. Drape the tie around your neck with the wide end on the right, letting that side hang about a foot below the narrow end of the tie.
  2. Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end to the left.
  3. Pass the wide end of the tie up through the hole between your collar and the tie.
  4. Then pull it down toward the left.
  5. Bring the wide end behind the narrow end and to the right.
  6. Bring the wide end back across to the left.
  7. Pull the wide end back through the loop again. A triangle should now be forming where the necktie knot will be.
  8. Pull the wide end through the knot in front.
  9. Tighten the knot, centering it with both hands.

The Four in Hand

(Wear with narrow collared button down shirt)

  1. Drape the tie around your neck, letting the wide end hang to the right about 10 inches below the narrow end of the tie.
  2. Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end to the left.
  3. Turn the wide end back underneath the narrow end to the right.
  4. Continue wrapping the wide end around the narrow end by bringing it across the front of the narrow end again, to the left.
  5. Pull the wide end upwards and through the back of the loop.
  6. Hold the front of the tie knot with your index finger and bring the wide end down through the front knot.
  7. Carefully tighten the knot by holding the narrow end and sliding the knot up, centering it with both hands.