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Christmas Dress Code: Knot Worth The Bother

Christmas Dress Code: Knot Worth The Bother

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How to Tie a Tie: Four Classic Knots

 

OK, so you may think you know what you’re doing but have you added to your tie-tying repertoire since you first mastered the Four-in-Hand – otherwise known, for obvious reasons, as the School Boy Knot?

 

It’s amazing how few men know how to loop their loops but, trust us, the casual acquisition of the know how is definitely worth a few minutes of your time.

 

Look and learn as we guide you through four classic knots.

 

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Four in Hand

 

First up, the Four in Hand. We’re sure you have this one nailed but just in case you’ve been living at the beach in Bondi in nothing but your baggies….

 

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Excellent for wider ties made from heavier fabrics worn with button down collars or narrow collars.

 

  1. Hang the tie around your neck. Wider end on the left hanging twice as low as the narrow end. Bring the wide end across the narrow end.
  2. Bring the wide end behind the narrow end.
  3. Bring the wide end back over the narrow end.
  4. Bring the wide end up and through the loop.
  5. Hold the knot with your left hand, slide the wide end through the front loop and pull down gently.
  6. Tighten the knot by holding the narrow end and sliding the knot up to the collar. Pinch the upper corners of the knot and centre.

 

Half Windsor

 

Moving on to more sophisticated territory. The Half-W is a more lithe version of the fat cat, deal doing Windsor.

 

half windsor

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Excellent for wider ties made from lighter fabrics worn with regular collars.

 

  1. Hang the tie around your neck. Wider end on the left hanging twice as low as the narrow end. Bring the wide end across the narrow end.
  2. Bring the wide end behind the narrow end.
  3. Bring the wide end up and over the front of the narrow end.
  4. Bring the wide end down through the loop and to the right.
  5. Bring the wide end back over the narrow end.
  6. Bring the wide end behind the narrow end and up through the loop.
  7. Hold the knot with your left hand, slide the wide end through the front loop and pull down gently.
  8. Tighten the knot by holding the narrow end and sliding the knot up to the collar. Pinch the upper corners of the knot and centre.

 

Windsor Knot

 

This is the bad boy you want for formal occasions that demand a little more ostentation.

 

windsor

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Excellent for wider ties made from lighter fabrics worn with regular collars.

 

  1. Hang the tie around your neck. Wider end on the left hanging twice as low as the narrow end. Bring the wide end across the narrow end.
  2. Bring the wide end behind the narrow end and up through the loop.
  3. Bring the wide end down across the front of the narrow end, to the left and back behind the narrow end.
  4. Bring the tie back across the narrow end from right to left.
  5. Bring the wide end behind the narrow end and up through the loop.
  6. Hold the knot with your left hand, slide the wide end through the front loop and pull down gently.
  7. Tighten the knot by holding the narrow end and sliding the knot up to the collar. Pinch the upper corners of the knot and centre.

 

Shell, Shelby, or Pratt Knot

 

This is a more unusual knot, it begins inside out and forms a nice wide knot.

 

shell knot

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Excellent for wider ties made from medium to light fabrics worn with dress collars.

 

  1. Hang the tie – inside out – around your neck. Wider end on the left hanging twice as low as the narrow end. Bring the wide end behind the narrow end.
  2. Bring the wide end over the narrow end and behind to form a loop.
  3. Pull the wide end down and gently tighten the loop.
  4. Bring the wide end over the narrow end to the right.
  5. Bring the wide end behind the narrow end and up through the loop between collar and tie.
  6. Hold the knot with your left hand, slide the wide end through the front loop and pull down gently. Pinch the upper corners of the knot and centre.

 

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