There Are Other Ways To Tie A Tie - You Know What I'm Talking About

We all remember when we first learned how to tie a tie. Most guys would say that their father taught them. To be honest, my dad never taught me. I mean, my dad rarely wears a tie and I love him for that. He was all about the collarless button-downs. I actually learned how to tie a tie from a friend of mine. But unless we were fortunate enough to have a father that knew more than one way to tie a tie, we were destined to tie it the same way, which after a while can get pretty lame.

I decided that I wanted to at least know a different way to tie a tie.

Well, after some looking around, I came across an article from AskMen.com, by Brandon Dyce about the different ways to tie a tie - there are 4! I would personally check this out and practice this in the mirror. For some reason, I think it would be a cool thing to know.

When it comes to tie-tying, most of us are one-dimensional at best. Some guys mastered the art of a single knot a long time ago, and then left well enough alone; those of us who seldom wear ties either leave the thing tied or rely on a clip. And not that any of this is right or wrong, but as men, especially well-dressed men, we should possess the practical skills of learning how to tie a tie and creating various tie knots. It’s not a “one-knot-fits-all” world we live in. So, in an attempt to increase your tie-tying acumen, here is a quick look at how to tie a tie and achieve four of the most popular knots.

Windsor

Windsor Knot - AM Style BibleThe granddaddy of them all, the Windsor is the most traditional knot and it the first one to master when you learn how to tie a tie; it creates a hefty, professional-looking knot, meaning that it works best for any occasion when you want to look completely respectable.

1. Place the tie around your shoulders, top-side up, with the fat end hanging roughly a foot lower than the skinny end.Windsor Knot - AM Style Bible


2.
Cross the fat portion over the skinny end to make an X fairly close to your neck (around the second shirt button).
Windsor Knot - AM Style Bible

3. Loop the fat end underneath the thin end and up through the neck loop. Drop it down so that it overlaps the thin end again.


Windsor Knot - AM Style BibleWindsor Knot - AM Style Bible4. Pull the fat end behind the bundle of cloth you've created (your first step toward the final knot) to the left. Pull it up and drop it down through the neck loop again, then pull it to the left again.


5. Pull the fat end over from left to right, overlapping your evolving knot.
Windsor Knot - AM Style Bible

6. Pull the fat end up through the loop again, behind what now looks like a nearly complete knot.


7. Bring the fat end back down and insert it through the knot.
Windsor Knot - AM Style BibleWindsor Knot - AM Style Bible

8. Finish your knot by tightening it. In doing so, you will see the beginnings of a natural dimple form. Manipulate it manually to make this dimple as distinct as possible. Its purpose is to add depth to an otherwise flat, bland-surfaced tie, and concurrently to mark you as a man of style. You will never leave the house without a dimple in your tie again.

Half-WindsorHalf-Windsor - Credit: AM Style Bible

In the same vein as the Windsor, the Half-Windsor enjoys a professional prestige and polished reputation; however, it’s not quite as bulky, which makes it a better option for narrower collars and softer shirts.

1. Place the tie around your shoulders, top-side up, with the fat end hanging roughly a foot lower than the skinny end.
Half-Windsor - Credit: AM Style Bible

2. Cross the fat portion over the skinny end to make an X fairly close to your neck (around the second shirt button).Half-Windsor - Credit: AM Style Bible


3. Pull the fat end behind the thin end to the right, then up in front of it and down through the neck loop.


Half-Windsor - Credit: AM Style BibleHalf-Windsor - Credit: AM Style Bible4. Pull the fat end over from right to left, overlapping your evolving knot.


5. Pull the fat end up through the loop again, behind what now looks like a nearly complete knot.
Half-Windsor - Credit: AM Style Bible

6. Bring the fat end back down and insert it through the knot.


7. Finish your knot by tightening it; again, accentuate that dimple.

Four-in-Hand

Looking for a knot with little time-investment and less pretension? The Four-in-Hand is all yours. It’s an on-the-go knot that works with both casual looks and narrow collars.

1. Place the tie around your shoulders, top-side up, with the fat end hanging roughly a foot lower than the skinny end.Four-in-Hand - Credit: AM Style Bible


2. Cross the fat portion over the skinny end to make an X fairly close to your neck (around the second shirt button).Four-in-Hand - Credit: AM Style Bible


3. Wrap the fat end around the thin end, then up through the neck loop. Drop the fat end back down and through the knot.Four-in-Hand - Credit: AM Style BibleFour-in-Hand - Credit: AM Style Bible


4. Finish your knot by tightening it. Note that the dimple is much harder to produce on this kind of knot and may prove entirely elusive.

Pratt

Pratt - Credit: AM Style Bible The Pratt is that well-rounded knot most guys will depend on religiously; its symmetrical look and less complicated construction deem the Pratt the most universal knot that goes with any dress shirt.

1. Place the tie around your neck upside down (with the seams facing outward). Note that the fat end should be hanging lower than the thin end.

Pratt - Credit: AM Style Bible
2. Cross the two ends over to form an X and flip the fat end up and through the loop to form a knot around the smaller end.

Pratt - Credit: AM Style Bible
3. Pull both ends apart quite tightly to ensure your knot is snug, then bring the fat end of the tie over the thin end to cover your first knot.


Pratt - Credit: AM Style BiblePratt - Credit: AM Style BiblePratt - Credit: AM Style Bible 4. Pull the fat end up and through the loop, then drop it down through the knot.

5. Tighten and dimple up.

 

So practice, learn what you can, and tie it all together. It's a subtle change to your wardrobe that people DO notice.

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