Loop the tie around your collar. Thick end on the left, 3-4 inches lower than the thin end.
Cross the thick end in front of the thin end.
Wrap the thick end around behind the thin end and cross horizontally from right to left.
Bring the thick end horizontally across the front of the knot from right to left. Slip a finger beneath this horizontal band.
Turn the tip of the thick end upward and in, sliding it beneath the loop around your neck.
Feed the thick end down through the loop you’ve held open with your finger.
Pull the thick end all the way through the loop and snug the knot down tightly.
Tighten the knot by holding it gently in one hand and tugging on the thin end with the other.
The four in hand knot is one of the most popular necktie knots for beginners learning how to tie a tie. Not only is it easy to learn, but it’s also one of the oldest – British horsemen are said to have invented it to tie scarves while holding the reins of four horses in the other hand.
This knot requires less of the tie’s length, making it a great choice for tall men trying to tie a regular length tie.
The narrower shape is perfect for narrow spread collars and button-down collar dress shirts.
Drape the necktie around your collar with the wide end on the right hanging 4-6 inches lower than your waistband.
Cross the wide end horizontally in front of the slim end, making an X-shape just below your chin.
Tuck the wide end up and beneath the loop around your neck, coming out point-upward behind the X. Use one finger to hold the X in place.
Pull the wide end all the way down.
Bring the wide end around behind the knot and pass it horizontally from right to left.
Flip the wide end tip upward and tug it diagonally across the front of the knot.
Loop the wide end over the top of the loop around your collar and bring it back down. It should emerge on the left of the thin end.
Bring the wide end horizontally across the front of the knot, from left to right. This forms a horizontal band. Tuck a finger through it and hold it in place.
Bring the wide end underneath the loop one more time, around the collar with the tip aiming upward.
Turn the wide end downward and slide the tip through the horizontal loop you saved with your finger in step 8.
Pull the wide end all the way down and smooth out any creases or slack in the knot.
When I’m asked how to tie a tie, the Full Windsor Knot is always mentioned. Also known as the Double Windsor, the Full Windsor has a large, triangular symmetric shape and is perfect for wide spread collars, and on men with a large neck.
Additional tie length is required for the Windsor knot because of the two wrappings. Tall men with a larger neck size will need a tie that measures between 61 – 64 inches.
Start with the bow tie draped around your neck with the seams facing down and the right side longer than the left.
Place the right end over the left end, making an X-shape just below the chin.
Loop the longer end behind the ‘X’ to create a simple knot similar to the first knot while tying shoelaces. Pull tight and leave the longer end resting on your shoulder.
Placing your index finger on the widest part of the curve of the shorter end, fold it to create a bow shape. Place the folded tip across your collar with the shorter end as close to your neck as possible.
Holding the bow created above with the forefinger and thumb of your left hand, bring the longer end straight down over the shorter end in the middle of the bow.
Using your right hand, fold the longer end back towards the chest, pinch the fold and double the tip over to make a wing.
Tuck the folded tip of the longer end behind the folded tip of the shorter end and through the small loop you formed when you first passed it up behind the knot.
With the wings in place, tug the loops behind them to tighten the vertical front knot.
Hold the front of the knot down with one finger, and wriggle the wings until they’re symmetrical.
Make final adjustments. Ensure your bow tie lies flat and horizontal against your collarbone. You’re done! Now you know how to tie a tie AND how to tie a bow tie.
Drape the tie around your collar, with the thick end on the right exactly where you want it to hang when the knot is completed.
Pinch the wide end of the tie to form a dimple and cross the thin end in front of the thick end as horizontally as possible.
Wrap the thin end around behind the cross-shape, crossing horizontally from right to left.
Tuck the thin end through the loop around your collar.
Bring the thin end horizontally across the thick end.
Tuck the tip of the thin end up through the loop around your collar and flip it over the top of the knot, crossing diagonally downward from left to right. Pull it down snug to form a diagonal band along the right side of the knot.
Bring the thin end around behind the back of the knot and up through the diagonal band.
Feed through and pull tight to create a diagonal band on each side.
Aim the thin end of the tie straight upward, then tuck it down beneath the loop around your collar, emerging to the right of the knot.
Loop the thin end of the tie up and around the circle around your collar. Leave a little bit of slack in this step.
Tuck the tip of the thin end down and to the left, underneath the loop around your neck, and up through the loop you just created.
Flip the thin end over the top of the loop around your collar.
Tuck the remainder of the thin end out of sight, either behind the thick end or by sliding it horizontally under the loop around your neck. Tighten if needed by pulling the thick end and adjust each diagonal band to roughly the same width.
This is a very complex tie knot that says you REALLY know how to tie a tie… and you’re not afraid to show it off.
Drape the necktie around your collar with the seam facing inward and the thick end hanging on your right where you want the finished length of the tie to be.
Cross the narrow end diagonally in front of the thick end, making an X, and tuck it up under the loop around your neck.
Bring the narrow end back over the top of the loop.
Pass the narrow end horizontally behind the thick end.
Flip the narrow end over the top of the loop around your collar.
Feed the tip of the narrow end down and out underneath the loop around your neck, on the far right side of the knot.
Bring the narrow end horizontally across the front of the knot from right to left. Slip a finger underneath the horizontal band this creates.
Bring the narrow end up underneath the loop around your collar and down through the horizontal band. Slide a finger underneath the narrow end just above the knot.
Pass the narrow end around behind the thick end from right to left.
Feed the tip of the narrow end up over the loop around your collar and through the small vertical loop you reserved in Step 8.
Pull the narrow end all the way through the vertical loop, still angling diagonally upward and to your right, and snug it down.
Pull all the slack out of the knot and adjust as necessary to make the three visible folds identical in size and angle. Hide the narrow end either behind the thick end or under the loop around your collar.
Drape the necktie around your collar with the thick end on the left. This end should be hanging a good four to six inches lower than the finished length you desire.
Cross the thick end horizontally in front of the thin end from left to right.
Bring the thick end around behind the thin end horizontally from right to left.
Flip the thick end up in front of the loop around your collar.
Tuck the thick end down behind the loop around your collar, emerging on the right side of the thin end.
Bring the thick end in front across the earlier horizontal band and the diagonal you created in Step 5. Slip a finger under this new horizontal crossing.
Bring the thick end around behind the knot from left to right.
Bring the thick end across the front, right on top of the horizontal fold you made in Step 6. (Your finger should still be holding the fold open.) Keep both horizontal bands held slightly off the collar with a finger.
Bring the thick end up underneath the loop around your collar.
Tuck the thick end down behind both of the horizontal crossings and pull through.
Pull the knot into place by holding the knot with one hand. Now tug gently on the thin end with the other. Use your finger to tease out the diagonal folds until the X shape of the knot is very clear.