Tying a tie for beginners – it`s so easy

The tie is simply part of a man’s perfectly formed outfit, both professionally and on ceremonial occasions. Tying a tie is not so easy though. Especially beginners often wonder: Which knot is suitable for the tie, how do I tie the different tie knots and how long should the tie be? You can find the answers and instructions in the following guidebook.

The tie is one of the most classic clothing accessories of all- already the ancient Romans wore knotted cloth scarves around their necks. The tie only became really popular in the 17th century. Century. After King Louis XIV. saw a Croatian cavalry regiment wearing the cloth during a troop parade, he was so enthusiastic about the accessory that he adopted it and made it popular among the nobility. In the 18. and 19. In the nineteenth century, countless textbooks on the subject of "Tying a Tie" followed throughout Europe.

Tying a tie- the tie knot classics

With this long history, it is not surprising that there is no one right way to tie a tie. There are countless tie shapes and a total of 85 different knot types. But for the beginning you should stick to one of the three knot classics. These are:


Tying a tie for beginners - it`s so easy

Tying a tie for beginners - it`s so easy

  • Degree of difficulty: 2/5
  • Suitable for: All ties
  • Goes with: narrower collars and more narrow ties
  • Effect: stretches the face a little

Half Windsor

  • Degree of difficulty: 3/5
  • Suitable for: just about any tie
  • Goes with: classic or wide collars
  • Effect: Classically professional, suitable for all occasions

Double Windsor:

  • Level of difficulty: 3,5/5
  • Suitable for: not too wide and thick ties
  • Fits: wide, classic collar styles
  • Effect: conservative dignified appearance

Video: How to tie ties for beginners

Tying a tie the Step-by-step instructions

After you have decided on a tie and the matching knot, you can start tying the tie. For the beginning you should try the four-in-hand knot, because it is the easiest to tie and still looks good. If you have some practice, you can then try a more sophisticated knot.

  1. Put the tie around your neck so that the wider end is on your left chest. The wider end of the tie must hang down longer than the narrower one.
  2. Now take the wider end of the tie with your right hand and place it over the narrower end (which you hold with your left hand).
  3. Now bring the wide end of the tie around the narrower one so that it is on the left side.
  4. After you have passed the wider end of the tie around the narrower one, you can already guess the shape of the tie knot. Now pass the wider end of the tie under the half knot and then pull it through to the front.
  5. Now you pass the wide end of the tie with your right hand between the outer and the underlying layer of the knot. Hold the narrow end of the tie and carefully tighten the knot. Make sure the shirt collar is buttoned up!
  6. That’s it – when you’ve finished tying the knot, both ends of the tie should be the same length. The wide end of the tie has the tip touching the belt buckle.

Bonus tips on how to tie a tie

  • Stand upright in front of a mirror when tying your tie. Do not tilt the head down, otherwise the tie will be tied too long or too short.
  • In order to bring the knot into the correct form, you use best thumb and middle finger to grasp. With the index finger you can then form the fold of the tie at the knot.
  • Always tie narrow ties with a small knot- otherwise it looks funny because the symmetry is not right.
  • Last but not least: Don’t despair if you don’t get it right the first time. Practice makes perfect, as always, and that goes for tying a tie too.

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