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How to tie a tie

How to tie a tie

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Comparing the Most Commonly Used Necktie Knots

Today, four necktie knots are in widespread use. They are the four-in-hand knot, the halfWindsor knot, the Windsor knot and the Pratt knot. The first three are classic necktie knots that have been used for a long time. The Pratt knot is a more recent necktie knot that was introduced to the public in 1989. Below shows a comparison table of the four necktie knots, together with the bow tie. It helps you find the answer to the first question that may come up in your mind -- Which necktie knots do I need?

Necktie Knot Four-in-hand Knot

Advantage It is the easiest to learn among the four most commonly used necktie knots.

Disadvantage It is asymmetric, which does not look good on wide collar shirts.

Suitable Outfits / Occasions It is a small tie knot that suits shirts with a narrow collar opening. It is suitable for most occasions.

Half-Windsor Knot

It is symmetric. More business like than the four-in-hand knot.

It is a little bit more It is suitable for most difficult to tie than the occasions. four-in-hand knot.

Windsor Knot

It is symmetric. It gives a sense of nobility. It is a large necktie knot that looks elegant on wide collar shirts.

If you use a tie made of thick materials, the resulting knot will be too large. It is not suitable for narrow collar shirts.

It suits shirts with a wide collar opening. It looks fabulous in business and political occasions.

Pratt Knot

It is a symmetric necktie knot with an average size (sits between the four-inhand knot and the half-Windsor knot). It does not look too wide or too narrow. It looks neat.

The back of the narrow end of the necktie faces up, which does not look good if it is not well hidden behind the wide end.

It is suitable for most shirts and occasions.

Four-in-hand Knot STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP 4 STEP 5 STEP 6 STEP 7 STEP 8 .

Half-Windsor Knot STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP 4 STEP 5 STEP 6 STEP 7 STEP 8 STEP 9 STEP 10 .

Winsor Knot STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP 4 STEP 5 STEP 6 STEP 7 STEP 8 STEP 9 STEP 10 .

Pratt Knot (Shelby Knot) STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP 4 STEP 5 STEP 6 STEP 7 STEP 8 .

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