Calibre’s Guide to Ties: How to Tie a Tie

23 Jan 2019

Calibre’s Guide to Ties: How to Tie a Tie

It’s all part of a modern man’s uniform, but for some the act of tying a tie is a skill that needs a little perfecting. Enter the Calibre mini-guide on how to tie a tie - the only tie knots you need to know for work, weekends and weddings.

The Windsor Knot

What you need to know;

  • A larger style that’s suited to a wide spread collar
  • Can be used with thicker style fabrics
  • Great for wedding suits, formal occasions
  • Difficulty Rating: 3.5/5

How to Tie a Full Windsor Knot

Step 1: Place the tie in equal lengths along your neck line.

Step 2: With the tie seams facing inward, make sure the thin part of the tie sits on your left, wider on the right.

Step 3: Adjust the length so the smaller end of the tie sits just above your waistline.

Step 4: Cross the larger part of the tie from right to left creating an ‘X’ at the centre of your collar.

Step 5: Take the wide end of the tie and thread through the top centre opening, pushing it away from your neck.

Step 6: Continue by wrapping the wider part of the tie behind the knot from left to right.

Step 7: Thread the wide part back through the top opening from the front, creating a triangle knot.

Step 8: Place your left index finger on the centre facing part of the triangle knot, then cross the wider part of the tie over the front of the knot from right to left covering your finger.

Step 9: Continue to thread the wider part of the tie through the back of the knot opening, pushing away from your neck allowing it to hang over the front of your finger.

Step 10: Thread the tie through the loop that has been created at the front of the knot with your finger.

Step 11: Adjust and tighten by sliding the knot up towards your neck and pulling down the skinnier part of the tie that’s sitting behind the knot.

 The Half Windsor Knot

What you need to know;

  • An all-rounder style tie knot
  • Can be worn with button down, semi and spread shirt collars
  • Best suited to business suits
  • Difficulty Rating: 2.5/5

How to Tie a Half Windsor Knot

Step 1: Place the tie in equal lengths along your neck line.

Step 2: With the tie seams facing inward, make sure the smaller part of the tie sits on your left, larger on the right.

Step 3: Adjust the length so the smaller end of the tie sits just above your waistline.

Step 4: Cross the larger part of the tie from the right to left creating an ‘X’ at the centre of your collar.

Step 5: Wrap the tie under the ‘X’ back towards the right of your chest, revealing the outward seam.

Step 6: Take the part of the tie that’s on the right (the wider part) and thread through the top of the knot.

Step 7: Using your left index finder to secure the front part of the knot, wrap the wider part of the tie over your finger from right to left.

Step 8: Continue to thread the wider part of the tie through the back of the knot opening, pushing away from your neck allowing it to hang over the front of your finger.

Step 9: Thread the tie through the loop that has been created at the front of the knot with your finger.

Step 10: Adjust and tighten by sliding the knot up towards your neck and pulling down the skinnier part of the tie that’s sitting behind the knot.

 

The Four-in-Hand Knot

What you need to know;

  • The ‘go-to’ tie knot for work
  • Works well with skinny ties
  • Can be worn with point collars and button downs
  • Suitable for work and smart casual occasions
  • Difficulty Rating: 1/5
Four In Hand Tie Knot

 How to Tie a Four-In-Hand Knot

Step 1: Place the tie in equal lengths along your neck line.

Step 2: With the tie seams facing inward, make sure the smaller part of the tie sits on your left, larger on the right.

Step 3: Adjust the length so the smaller end of the tie sits just above your waistline.

Step 4: Cross the wide end over the smaller side from right to left, continue by pulling the wider part behind the smaller part of the tie.

Step 5: From right to left, cross the wide part over the top of the centre knot.

Step 6: Thread the end of the tie through the top of the centre part and slide it behind the opening that’s been created in front of the knot.

Step 7: Adjust and tighten to suit your length by sliding up the knot and pulling down the skinnier part that’s sitting behind the tie.

 

Final Adjustments

Lastly, for the perfect tie knot, stick to these tips. Choose the right fabric for the knot- avoid chunky knits if you’re going for something casual and likewise, lightweight ties aren’t the greatest at making a statement. Add some accessories if you need some stability. A tie bar can sort this out for you. And, finally, a dry-run for your wedding is always a must – saves many tense moments before your hands give up on you. Now, go forth and make some magic in front of the mirror.

Yours in style,

Calibre 

Shop the latest Calibre collection of ties here

 

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