A perfectly knotted necktie is a mark of a true gentleman. Being a staple accessory for both formal and casual occasions, it is important for men to have the basic skills in tying a necktie. Below are basic knots and instructions on how to do them. Knowing how to tie a tie will take you up a notch in the fashion department whether you wear it for a job interview, a hot date or a wedding.
This small, slightly asymmetrical knot is one of the simplest and easiest to learn. In fact, it’s one of the first knots taught to young boys . It is best worn with narrow collars and suited for casual occasions. Because it is easy to adjust and easy to take off, the Four-in-Hand Knot is excellent for beginners and guys on the go. While a classic, the asymmetrical knot makes it inappropriate for formal situations.
Full Windsor Knot
A traditional knot that is very easy to make. It creates a wide, symmetrical triangle that lends an air of confidence to the wearer making it popular among businessmen and politicians. Its large size and almost perfect symmetry make it the knot of choice for formal occasions.
Half Windsor Knot
An easier version of the traditional Full Windsor and features a more compact knot. It is tied in pretty much the same way as its full variation except for skipping a few steps. Like its full counterpart, it’s very symmetrical and best worn for formal or semi-formal situations. It’s a common knot for the office environment.
Also known as the Shelby Tie Knot, the Pratt Knot is commonly mistaken for the Full Windsor. It features the same traditional symmetrical knot of the Full Windsor but not as bulky and a lot looser to wear. It’s versatility makes it perfect for any occasion, both formal or casual.
Being easy to make and popular, the above mentioned knots run the risk of looking standard and common. For men who want to stand out from the crowd, here are a few fancy knots to consider.
The Eldredge Knot
You will surely get noticed when you wear this complicated knot! It features a symmetric triangular knot with asymmetric braid pattern. This is a difficult knot to tie correctly and may take a lot of practice, not to mention patience, to master.
The Trinity Knot
A very attractive knot featuring 3-way symmetry and a hexagonal shape. Its fancy and attention grabbing shape makes it inappropriate for formal events but makes an excellent conversation piece in casual gatherings. It is a complicated knot to tie but relatively easier to make than the Eldridge.