How to tie a tie

Step-by-step instructions for how to tie a tie

Nothing says,»I mean business» like a suit and tie. For beginners, learning how to tie a tie can seem intimidating, but with a little practice, it becomes no more difficult than tying your shoes. There are several different ways to tie a tie, which include different knots, such as the windsor knot, the half-windsor knot, the pratt knot and the four-in-hand knot. All you need to get started is a few minutes, a necktie and an ounce or two of patience. When we’re done, you’ll have a look that is both polished and professional.


Step 1

These step-by-step instructions focus on the half-windsor knot, which is just one of many ways to tie a tie. Select a necktie of your choosing and position yourself in front of a mirror. Place the necktie around your neck (under the collar of your shirt). The wide end of the tie should be on your right and should extend roughly 12 inches below the narrow end, which should be situated on the left.

Step 2

Next, you’ll want to cross the wider end of the tie over the narrow end and then bring it around behind the narrow end.

Step 3

Now, bring the wide end up, pulling it through the loop that you’ve just created. As you pull the wide end through the loop, keep it to the right.

Step 4

Pulling from right to left, position the wide end of the tie around the front and over the narrow end.

Step 5

Almost done. Now, pull the wide end up and bring it through the loop again. To finish the half-windsor knot, pull the wide end of the tie down through the knot in front.

Step 6

To finish off your look, carefully tighten the knot using both hands to position it snugly against your collar. Straighten as needed and you’re all set. Now that you know how to tie a tie, you can look professional and polished each and every day, or only on special occassions — it’s up to you! Learning to tie a tie may be awkward at first, but with a little practice, it’s a piece of cake.

Things Needed
• Necktie of your choice
• Mirror
• Three minutes
• A bit of patience

Tips & Warnings
• Practice makes perfect, so don’t give up.
• Always untie your tie when you’re done wearing it. Leaving a necktie knotted can damage it.
• Avoid stains by removing or covering your necktie during meals.


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