Have you graduated beyond clip-on slips? From these useful instructions, a sharp tie, a mirror and a little patience, you can become an expert at tying your own trendy knot. You have several options available, from the versatile four-in-hand knot to the classic Windsor.
If you are helping someone else tie a tie, see this article for instructions from that perspective.
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[ Edit ] Tie the traditional Windsor knot (Extra formal)
- Tie the neck. Make sure the wider end is to the right and about 1
- Cross the wide end over the narrow end. Hold one end in each hand, and then send each one to the opposite hand. The wide end should now be on your left. 
- Take the broad end up through the throat loop. With your right hand, hold the two ends where they cross near your collar. With your left hand, pull the wide end up through the neck loop from below.
- Put back tie. Rest the wide end back on the chest, to the left of the narrow end.
- Fold that end behind the narrow end. Take the broad end with your right hand and pull it back to the right side of the body, under the narrow end. Hold the knot near your collar in place with your left hand.
- Take the wide end up to the neck loop from the front. Keep it on the right side.
- Pull the wide end through the neck loop. Insert the tip on the wide end and pull through, still on the right side.
- Fold the wide end over the narrow end. Fold it back from right to left so that the front is visible again.
- Pull the wide end through the neck loop from below. Take the wide end back up through the neck loop one last time.
- Insert the wide end through the front knot. Place the wide end through the horizontal knot at the front of the tie. Pull it through.
- Tighten the knot. Hold the base of the front knot and gently squeeze from the sides. Slowly pull the wide end of the tie to move the knot closer to the neck.
[ Edit ] Using the simplest method (four-in-hand knot)
- Wrap a tie around your neck. With your collar up and your shirt fully buttoned, place the tie around your shoulders. Hang the wider end of the tie on your right side, with the narrow end about 30 inches (30 cm) higher to the left. 
- Insert the wide end down through the front knot. You should have a horizontal knot over the front of your tie. Hold this knot open with your finger and gently insert the wide end.
- Tighten the knot. Hold the narrow end and slide the front knot upwards to tighten the knot. Make sure your tie is straight and the length is appropriate, ideally ending at the top of your belt buckle.
- Carefully press on the sides of the knot to create a pit just below it.
- Insert the narrow end of the tie into the loop on the back of the wide end.
- Fold your collar down and make sure the strap is covered by the collar all the way around your neck.
[ Edit ] Tie the Pratt knot (basic formal knot)
- Place tie up and down around your collar. Unlike most knots, the Pratt knot starts with a tie up and down, so that the seam on the knot is facing forward. Hang the wide end of the tie over your right side and the narrow end over your left side.
- This medium size knot fits most collars and buildings. 
- Check the wide end position. In a knotted tie, the wide end should just graz at the top of your belt buckle.  However, raise or lower the wide end until it hangs 2.5–5 cm below this point. As a rule of thumb, the Pratt knot lifts the wide end at this distance as you tie the knot. 
- The narrow end of the tie should be higher than the wide end. It will usually be around the belly button level, but this is less important than the placement of the wide end. 
- Cross the wide end below the narrow end. Move the wide end over the body to the left and place it under the narrow end.
- Do not move the narrow end of the tie for any part of this knot.  Just hold it steady while using the wide end.
- Take the wide end up to the loop around the neck. Place the tip on top of the loop, still on your left side.
- Pull the wide end through the neck loop. Insert the wide end into the loop from above. Pull it in the same direction as it was before, to the left.
- Fold the wide end over the narrow end, from left to right. This turns the wide end so that the seam is no longer visible. The wide end extends at an angle to the right.
- Pull the wide end up through the neck loop. Bring the wide end to the neck loop again, but this time from below. Pull it through.
- Push the wide end down through the new loop at the front. Your last fold created a horizontal loop at the front of your tie. Insert the wide end through this loop and pull straight down to tighten. The wide end should now rest in front of the narrow end.
- Slide knot to adjust. Pull down on the wide end to tighten. Slide the front knot up to the base of your collar to secure the strap.
- To create a hole just below the front knot, gently squeeze the sides of the knot as you tighten. 
[ Edit ] Tying a Half Windsor Knot (Formal)
- Place the wide end on the right side. Place the tie around your neck and let the sides hang in front of you. The wide end should be on your right side of the body and hang about 30 cm (30 cm) lower than the narrow end on the left. 
- Half Windsor is a triangular, symmetrical knot suitable for formal occasions. Larger than the four in hand, but less bulky than Windsor, this can work with most ties and collar types.  Thieves made of thicker fabric are likely to require a spread or wide spread collar with this knot. 
- Cross the wide end over the narrow end. Bring the wide end of the tie to your left and cross over the narrow end.
- Fold back the wide end below the narrow end. Fill a loop around the narrow end and pull the wide end back to the right side.
- The underside of the wide end should be visible at this point.
- Take the wide end up to the neck loop. Lift the wide end up to the tie loop at your collar. Keep it on the right side.
- Pull the wide end through the loop and to the left. Insert the wide tip down through the loop and pull it through from the left side so that it crosses below the narrow end.
- Fold the wide end over the front of the narrow end. Bring the wide end back to the front and to your right.
- Push the wide end up through the neck loop. Fold the wide end up through the neck loop a second time.
- Insert the wide end through the front knot. Loosen the front knot with your finger and insert the wide end. Pull it through to rest over the narrow end.
- Pull on the wide end to tighten. Press gently on the front knot as you pull to push the knot up and create a pit at the front of your tie.
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[ Edit ] Tips
- To make a pit, hold the upper blade on both sides and pull then gently lower it until the top blade begins to tighten. A slightly convex shape should appear close to the knot. Use the thumb and forefinger to push the bottom of the knot into a V shape and the convex will deepen to form the pit.
- If your tie has a loop under the wide side of the tie, you can slide the narrow side through that loop to prevent it from peeking behind the band's wide side.
- Ideally, the abrasive tip should bait the top of your belt buckle. It's okay if the tie falls to the bottom of the belt buckle ("Italian style"). If it is slightly lower, try a knot that uses lots of fabric (eg Windsor) or change to a shorter tie.  Similarly, if the tie ends above your belt, buy a longer tie or try the Pratt knot, which does not use much cloth in the knot.
- The left hands may have easier to change starting positions for the wide and narrow ends. If you do this, replace all "left" and "right" instructions.
- Make a mnemonic device that will help you remember these steps, such as the word OUAT, which is an abbreviation for over, under, around and through.  [ Edit ] Related wiki shows
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