The perfect tie knot
Whether it’s a Windsor knot, a Pratt knot, a Christensen knot or an Onassis knot – there are countless ways to tie a tie. The four-in-hand knot, also known as the simple knot, is one of the most common knots. This is not only because it’s easy to tie but also because it is suitable for all ties and almost all types of collar. Though it may be one of the more casual ways to tie a tie, it is still one of the most popular tie knots used in the world of business. It is a true classic – able to be used in all situations and also suitable for people with little experience in tying ties. In this guide, Seidensticker will show you the quick and simple method of tying the four-in-hand knot:
Tying four-in-hand know
The most popular tie knot by far. And for good reason: the four-in-hand knot is quick to tie yet, thanks to its asymmetrical shape, still looks modern and stylish. What’s more, it’s hard to go wrong with a four-in-hand knot. The long, slightly slanted knot is suitable for both narrow and broad ties and suits almost any collar – especially the classic Kent collar.
Place the tie around your neck so that the broad end is to your right. Now guide the broad end of the tie over the narrow end towards your left, keeping it under the collar. Make sure that the broad end is longer than the narrow end.
Now guide the broad end under the narrow end towards the right.
Place the broad end of the tie on top of the narrow end, moving towards the left.
Now thread the broad end through the loop from above.
Hold the narrow end of the tie and, using the broad end, carefully pull the loop closed until the knot is secure.
Current practice dictates that the tip of the tie should end just above the waistband.
Tying a windsor knot
The Windsor knot is opulent, elegant, and gives its wearer a touch of the aristocratic. Seeing as the knot has its roots in English nobility, this is hardly surprising. The Windsor knot is a little more complicated to tie than other knots. However, it is worth the effort. This is because this king among tie knots lends your elegant evening attire that special something. Large collars with a classic, triangular shape are particularly well-suited to narrower ties. For this reason, this knot pairs exceptionally well with Kent collars or shark collars.
Fold up your shirt collar and place the tie around your neck. The broad end of the tie should be slightly longer. Now guide the broad end of the tie to the left, crossing it over the narrow end.
Guide the broad end over the tie and up through the loop around your neck.
Make a loop by wrapping the broad end around once again.
Holding it horizontally, guide the broad end behind the narrow end. Wrap around the tie once and guide the broad end back in front of the narrow end.
Schlagen Sie die Krawatte wieder schräg nach oben durch die Halsschlinge.
Pull the broad end through the loop which this creates. Place the narrow end of the tie through the loop found on the back of the broad end and adjust the knot. In order to be considered to be sitting perfectly, the Windsor knot must sit exactly in the middle of both sides of the collar and cover the top button of the shirt.
Tying a double windsor knot
The double Windsor knot is named after the Duke of Windsor, who was the first to popularise this specific tie knot. It is ideal for shirts with wide-spread collars, i.e. when the space between a wide-spread collar needs to be filled, as is the case for collars such as Kent collars or shark collars. This tie knot is widely used, but requires a little practice. This makes it a knot which is more suited to people who already have some experience in tying ties. The knot is somewhat larger, which means it is not the best knot of choice for heavily-padded ties. The knot is perfectly triangular in shape.
Using your right hand, guide the broad end of the tie to the left, passing it over the narrow end.
Guide the broad end back to the right, this time passing under the narrow end.
Then pull it over the knot towards your body and downwards through the loop. Following this, the broad end should be hanging down towards the right, with its underside facing up.
Take hold of the broad end and, carrying it over to the left, wrap it around the half knot. Using your left hand, guide the broad end of the tie upwards along the back side of the knot, taking it through the loop around the neck.
Place the tip of the broad end under the outermost layer of the knot.
Then pull it through completely, carefully adjusting the knot by gently holding it and pulling on the narrow end of the tie.
A tie with a Windsor knot should also end with its broad end approximately level with the waistband.