Welcome to Jacket’s Required, hello, I’m Dominic Lacquaniti, designer and tailor.
Knot for nothing but it pays to know how to tie a proper tie. It’s the giftwrapping on your suit.
A properly knotted tie can indicate power, style or conversely, your pure ineptness at tying a tie (and who knows what else)… so it’s best to button up your look with the perfect knot. So let’s cover a couple of the classics today to keep you looking your best!
The Windsor knot
This option gives you a wider triangular knot. This is particularly good for more formal settings and is best worn with a wide spread collar.
You drape the tie around your neck with the wide end extending down about 12 inches past the narrow end of your tie.
Then you cross the wide part over the narrow end.
Bring the wide end of the tie up and through the hold between your collar and tie.
Then pull it down toward the front.
Bring the wide end behind the narrow end and to the right.
Pull the wide end back through the loop again.
You should have a triangle now where the knot will be.
Wrap the end around the triangle by pulling the wide end from left to right.
Bring the wide end up through the loop a third time.
Pull the wide end through the knot in the front.
Tighten the knot and center it with both hands.
NEXT the half Windsor knot – same basic result but with a smaller triangle knot. This is appropriate for lighter fabrics and wider ties and is best worn with a standard collar.
Drape the tie around your neck, wide end extending 12 inches below the narrow end.
Cross the wide part over the narrow end.
Bring the wide end around and behind the narrow end.
Bring the wide end up back through the loop again.
Pull the wide end down through the knot in front.
Tighten next tie knot and center it with both hands.
There you go – 2 solid, proper, tie options to make sure you look your best in any situation.
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