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Instructions for tie / tie

How do you tie a tie?

This question often arises in time-tight situations. Whether at festivities, evening invitations or the job interview: inexperienced tie wearers can quickly get into stress here. So that you can use your new binder properly, we have the main tie knot with graphic instructions provided.

The 5 most important knots as a guide to tying a tie

Men almost always prefer the same tie knot for their ties, which they then tie regardless of the shirt collar shape. Whether it is the shark collar or the button-down collar or whether the tie is made of a rather supple material, as in the case of silk ties, or a very voluminous tie material: the tie knot is constantly tied in the same way.

The fact is, however, that for every collar shape, fabric quality and length of the tie, for every neck circumference and every length of the upper body, the right one should be selected from the wide range of different tie knots.

With more than a hundred different nodes, the choice is actually very large. Below we have those five most significant tie knots selected and included in instructions on how to tie a tie to make it easier for you to choose the right tie knot in the future.

Simple knot (four in hand)

This is how the simple knot works:

  • Image 1: First, the wide end of the tie is placed over the narrow end.
  • Picture 2: Then it is passed behind the narrow end of the tie to the right.
  • Picture 3: Continue the wide end of the tie to the left.
  • Picture 4: Now the broad end is pulled up to the neck. Then back down again through the resulting loop.
  • Pic 5: The simple knot is done. Slide it up to the top button of your shirt until the tie fits snugly.

More information about the simple knot

This tie knot has its name Thanks to the coachmen from the 18th centurywho had tied their scarves to protect them from the weather. Since four horses were usually held in one hand, while the other hand had to do the knotting of the scarf alone, the name developed "Four in Hand" for this tie knot.

The tie knot is characterized by subtle asymmetry and at the same time have a narrow and slender shape. As a rather elongated knot, the simple tie knot is particularly suitable for combining rather sporty, casual clothing. The knot for a casual outfit is very easy to tiebecause the coachmen could do this with one hand.

It also goes with all types of ties. Only the very wide collar is not suitable for combination with the simple tie knot. The "Four in Hand" is ideal as a beginner's knot.

Double knot (Prince Albert knot)


This is how the double knot works:

  • Image 1: This tie knot is a continuation of the simple tie knot. First of all, the broad end of the tie points downwards.
  • Picture 2: Now the broad end is passed under the narrow one.
  • Picture 3: Bring the wide end around two times and pull it towards your neck.
  • Picture 4: You double-turned a noose. As a result, the broad end is now led back down.
  • Pic 5: The double knot is done. As with the simple knot, the knot is pushed up to the top button of the shirt.

More information about the duplicate knot

This tie knot is in the claim a continuation of the simple tie knot. With this tie knot, an additional loop is required around the narrow part of the tie, which increases the demands on the knot technology. The Prince Albert knot has more volume than the simple tie knot due to the additional loop.

Therefore, more space is required in the collar. The Prince Albert knot can Can be combined very well with the shark collar as well as the high Kent collar. This tie knot also goes very well with all other long collar types. Narrow ties are more suitable for the Prince Albert knot than very full ties and the material should be flexible rather than rough for best results.

For that particularly large and elongated knot, that one too much appreciated by elegant and fashionable Italians needs slim ties and a perfect mastery of Prince Albert.

Single Windsor Knot (Small Windsor Knot)


This is how the simple Windsor knot works:

  • Picture 1/2: The wide end of the tie is placed over the narrow end and then pulled towards the neck.
  • Picture 3: Now the broad end is passed behind the narrow end of the tie.
  • Picture 4: Next, bring the wide end back in front of the narrow end and pull it towards your neck again.
  • Pic 5: Now a loop has been created through which the wide end of the tie is led back down.
  • Pic 6: Now the simple Windsor knot is in place. To shape the knot, pull it all the way to the top button of your shirt.

More information about the simple Windsor knot

This tie knot is designed similar to the double Windsor knot. The only difference with this tie knot is that this knot does not require the second, i.e. double, loop from the inside. Visually, this knot is characterized by its conical shape and bulbous volume.

This knot is very suitable for shirts that are very tight collar corners exhibit. Also the Button-down collar is very suitable for the little Windsor. In terms of volume, the single Windsor knot takes the place between the double Windsor knot and the simple tie knot.

Double Windsor Knot (Double Windsor Knot)


This tie knot owes its name to the nobility. Duke of Windsor made this tie knot known. Due to its shape, this knot is ideal in combination with shirts that have widely spread collar corners, so that the space of this collar is also optimally filled. The Kent collar and the shark collar are very suitable for combining with the large Windsor knot.

Even if this knot is very common, it is rather demanding in execution and therefore better suited for advanced tie professionals. The ideal tie for this knot is unlined, because the knot is relatively large. Tall men should do without this large Windsor knot, as it requires a great deal of tie length, which results in a lack of length in a tall man - an extra-long tie would be required here.

The final touch

The perfect tie knot is achieved when the broad end at least covers the narrow end of the tie. When making a tie knot, care should be taken that that the belt buckle is touched by the end of the tie or even protrudes slightly beyond it.

If the knot of the tie has been successful, greater attention should now be paid to the final tie styling. The perfection of the tie knot is achieved when before the exact adjustment to the neck size a small bump is pressed into the wider end of the tie at the top. In technical jargon this small indented bump is called "dimple" and in German it means something like "dimple".

In the case of silk ties, this "dimple" makes them appear luscious and voluminous and at the same time receives the necessary pinch of elegance. Unfortunately, the dimple in printed silk ties is not very durable, because the silk in these ties is usually too smooth. Non-slip jacquard materials are far better suited for this dimple in terms of durability.

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