Chic on the job: tips for tying a tie

Tying a tie – In most companies, upscale professions and prestigious jobs, a certain formal dress code is imposed. So a professional men’s outfit includes not only your well-fitting suit and shirt, but also the classic men’s shoe and tie. It can be used well to express one’s personality. How to tie the accessory correctly, we would like to explain to you below.

The history of the tie – and who we have to thank for it

The tie that is now established worldwide has its origins in a cloth that was common long before, also called a "focal". It was already used around 100 AD to protect the neck and gained particular attention when Croatian troops wore it in a modified form to a parade for Louis XIV.

The cloth knotted at the collar lay with its two ends on the chest and was established by the French king fast in the nobility circles. The term "cravate" originated in this period and was derived from croate. But it was not only the Croats who used such early forms of the tie – since the Roman "focale" soldiers often combined them with their uniforms.

From the 18. In the 18th century, especially in France, neckties were considered an integral part of most soldiers’ uniforms and were accordingly specially produced with fasteners for the neck. They acquired political significance and status especially in the course of the French Revolution – fine versions made of pure silk in shades of white and ivory were reserved for the nobility. All other citizens had to be content with colorful and less valuable cloths made of cotton. Those who belonged to the revolution wore the early tie in a striking red color.

In the 19. In the nineteenth century, the tie belonged almost worldwide already firmly to the formal men’s clothing in the military and partly also professional sense and one put more and more value on their presentation. The correct tying technique became increasingly important, so that more and more knot forms were developed and established.

The tie today – is it still worn?

The tie in its current form has become increasingly important, especially in professional life and is worn in companies with a formal dress code. Since then they have been a symbol of discipline, professionalism and seriousness – if you want to be taken seriously, you wear a tie. It also covers the button placket of men’s shirts and brings order to the shirt collar.

One thing is clear: the rules for wearing ties are gradually loosening. Many companies have long since dispensed with the men’s accessory and professionalism is no longer so strictly attached to it. Among other things, this is how the dandy style developed, which is intended to look slightly rebellious and cool: Here, the accessory is tied with a simple knot around the open collar and hangs anything but neatly in front of the chest. So there are also people who consciously speak out against the former tie order – a clear statement.

When are ties useful?

Although the neck tie is no longer compulsory in every company, there are certain occasions in which the men’s accessory finds its use. After all, with a suit and a matching tie you always look well and stylishly dressed. But you show with it also that you make a lot of effort for your counterpart and want to leave a good impression. So what occasions formally demand the rather long established piece of jewelry for men?

  • Celebrations of a formal nature, for example, galas and charity events
  • ceremonies such as weddings (unless a different dress code is specified)
  • Job interviews, to which you want to appear as professional as possible
  • Business lunches or meetings in more upscale professions (even with a more casual dress code in the company)

What else you should know about the tie

Of course, ties are no longer reserved for men only. At the latest since Marlene Dietrich, more and more women use them to appear more masculine, serious or even strict. By the way, Marlene Dietrich is not the first lady to use this accessory: she has been wearing it since she was 17. In the nineteenth century, ties were used in equestrian sports by more aristocratic ladies. Nowadays, trendsetters keep making sure that narrow ties are no longer uncommon for women.

By the way, the official "Day of the Tie" takes place annually on 18 October. October instead of. Another reason for you to get to grips with tying the men’s accessory. There are now about 180 ways to tie this fabric accessory – so it’s worth practicing several variations of the knot if you want to impress your counterpart.

Common tie knots – and how to tie them

You want to wear a well-fitting tie around your neck? Then, of course, you should be able to tie it properly – an alternative loop comes across as rather rebellious. Of course, it’s not necessary to know about most of the 180 established knots. For everyday life or formal occasions, it is actually sufficient to know the four most commonly used tying methods. These are, among others:

  • the simple knot, also called four-in-hand
  • the Windsor knot
  • the double Windsor
  • the double knot, also called Prince Albert knot

Of course you should also know the right tie length for you. Tall men benefit from the 155 centimeter long variant of the tie: shorter models otherwise end above the belly button and look anything but professional. Men of normal height can use the 145 centimeter long representative of the tie. If you need a shorter neck tie, because even this variant seems too long, custom-made versions can be the solution.

Tying the Four-in-Hand knot (simple tie knot) – this is how it’s done

This tie knot is good for any type of neck tie. Whether the eyes are drawn to the accessory by the wide end or a narrow shape, and whether this is made of silk or polyester: The four-in-hand is considered the simplest and most versatile way to tie the tie properly. Conveniently, the tie knot is also easier to learn than most others. This is how you tie it:

Four-in-Hand knot (simple tie knot)

  1. Put your tie around your neck. The wide end should hang lower than the narrow end – which should be at waist level.
  2. Now you put the wide end of the tie over the narrow end, so that a crossing is created just below your shirt collar.
  3. The wide end is now passed behind the narrow end and once again laid over it.
  4. Now comes the more difficult part: The wide end is now led up behind the neck tie directly at the neck, so that it comes out above the crossing.
  5. This creates a kind of loop, through which the wide end is now pulled downwards. If the knot fits well, you can still push it up from the shirt to match the collar. As a guideline you can take the top button of the shirt.

As you can see, the simple knot got its name for a reason. Once you’ve practiced it a few times, you’ll be able to do it without thinking twice and you’ll almost always succeed. Also, because any type of tie will fit this knot, you won’t have to worry about the fit any further: Because the knot almost always fits perfectly when done correctly.

How to tie the simple Windsor knot

The simple Windsor knot is also quite easy to tie once it’s been practiced – and looks very elegant with almost any of your ensembles. Use the same starting position as for the simple tie knot and proceed as follows:

This is how you tie a simple Windsor tie knot

  1. The wide end is placed over the narrow one to form the initial cross.
  2. Now the wide end is passed behind the narrow end and brought to the other side.
  3. After that, guide the wide end up and pull it back behind the neck tie so it rests on the other side.
  4. The perfect knot is created when you put the wider end over the narrower end, bring it up underneath the neckband and pull it down through the loop in front.
  5. To perfect the half Windsor, pull it up to the top button of the shirt.

A simple Windsor knot can also be achieved in a few steps. It is a perfect tie knot with nothing wrong with it. The wider end is usually done with the right hand, but the knot is also good for you if you are left-handed.

How to make the double Windsor knot without problems

A double Windsor is admittedly a bit more difficult. Due to its rather wide triangular shape, it is ideal for collars that are further apart and need to be visually filled in. Thus, a double Windsor knot is also visually a nice alternative to the half knot – if it is tied correctly. To make an impression, just follow these steps:

How to make the double Windsor knot without problems

  1. First you take the starting position again: the wide end over the narrow one. Then the wide side is brought up from the inside.
  2. The wider side is then placed from the top over the knot down to the same side it was on when the crossing was created. Now you can pass the wider end of the tie from the back around the narrow end to the other side.
  3. The wider end is picked up again, so that you can lead it up and pull it down through the neck tie. But it remains on the side for the time being.
  4. Now you put the wider end piece over the narrow one again from the front and bring it up behind the neck tie.
  5. The wide end piece is now brought down through the loop that has been created and tightened.

How to tie the Prince Albert knot

If the small knot or a single Windsor is not enough for you, you can use the Prince Albert knot. It brings a slightly slanted knot shape and therefore stands out better than the three variants mentioned above. While the Windsor knot offers the narrow or wide triangle shape, the Prince Albert knot looks wide but elongated due to the multiple folding – and can be staged very well with equally elongated collars. If you want to tie this tie knot quickly, the best way is as follows:

How to tie the Prince Albert knot

  1. The thicker end piece is, as always, placed around the neck a little longer than the thin one. Then you create a cross by overlapping the thick end over the narrow one.
  2. Now you lead the wider end piece from behind around the narrow one and let it overlap in front again, so that it has completely gone around the narrow end piece once.
  3. You can do this step again to achieve a double tie knot.
  4. If you now pass the wider end piece from the inside along the neck through the neck tie, a loop will be created in the front collar area.
  5. Now pull the wider end down through the loop at the front – some tightening will be necessary, but then the tie knot will fit perfectly.

Note: The Prince Albert knot can greatly shorten the neck tie length, because it is looped several times. A very large man, for whom even a long neck tie is often not enough, should therefore rather make do with other knots.

Single or double knot – which is better??

Advantages and disadvantages of the simple tie knot Advantages and disadvantages of the double tie knot
+ Can be made quickly

+ Barely shorten the neck tie

+ Suitable for any type of neck tie

+ Ideal for beginners or for practicing

+ Fits most common shirt collars

– Are rather narrow and do not make a special impression

+ Shows dexterity and that you have put in a lot of effort

+ Can be combined very well with more elongated or wider collars

Whichever variant you choose: You don’t have to be an expert to achieve a good, serious look. If you practice your preferred variant sufficiently, you will be able to memorize it in no time at all.

FAQ: Frequently asked questions about the tie

You dare to wear a classic necklace for the first time to the office or to an event? You wear it also in everyday life more than gladly? Then many a question can arise about the established accessory. Here are some answers:

What alternatives can man put on instead of the neck tie?

You have probably already noticed it: Festive fashion – for example, at weddings – calls for more than just the classic neck tie. Because it is usually associated with the profession or a very serious appearance, which is usually too stiff for festivities. Therefore, for upscale celebrations, you can definitely go for the bow tie, but also use a plastron.

This is a somewhat flashier and wider collar, which is usually made of very extravagant fabrics and turns out to be a real eye-catcher. The plastron is tied like a neck tie, but looks great with wide or pointed collars.

Do you want to look a little more modern or rebellious? Then you can put a simple, thin silk scarf – which visually matches the pocket square – around the collar and wear it open or simply knotted.

Silk scarves shaped like a triangle can also be used beautifully and positioned in, or partially under the collar so that they somewhat furnish the chest area and neck. Do you want to really stand out and show fashion skills? Then you can attach an extravagant brooch directly under the top shirt button, which is sure to attract many glances.

Is there such a thing as tying a tie for dummies??

If you absolutely can’t handle tying the neck tie or if the constant effort is just too much for you, the easy to put on alternative is also an option: A clip tie, for example, looks like it’s already knotted and can be attached to the shirt fabric in seconds. There are also elastic ties for sale. They are offered ready knotted and only have to be put around the neck as well as to be adjusted.

For better readability, we use the masculine form (generic masculine), z. B. "the employee". We always mean all sexes in the sense of equal treatment. The shortened form of language has editorial reasons and is value-free.

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