How to tie a necktie
The first thing to think about is to get the correct length of the necktie. It should end slightly above the belt strap. For tall men it might be difficult to get the correct length, therefore it is good to buy extra long ties. Another tip for tall men is to make a smaller knot, which gives the tie some extra length. A great knot for this purpose is the four in hand. Below we list the most common tie knots and when the different techniques should be used.
The tie knot should be adapted accordingly to your suit, shirt and personal characteristics such as length and weight. If you feel insecure the best choice is the half Windsor knot, which is an all round knot suitable for most outfits. The half Windsor knot is easy to tie, symmetrical and not as big as the usual Windsor tie. It is also comfortable compared to other tie knots. It works both for skinny and wide ties.
Four in hand knot
Four in hand is definitely the most used tie knot. This knot is suitable for thicker ties such as wool ties or knitted ties, since you do not have to wind the tie several times.
This tie knot has a shape of a triangle. The Windsor knot is suitable for thinner and skinny (slim) ties since the knot gets a lot of volume. Therefore this knot works well with a shirt with wide collar.
Half Windsor knot
This knot is a combination of Windsor and four in hand. It is symmetrical knot but not as big as the Windsor knot. This knot is viewed as an all round knot that works with most shirts and collars and both for thick and thin ties. If you find it difficult to learn the different tie knots, this is the knot you should focus on learning since it can be used in most situations.
The Simple Knot (The Oriental Knot)
A popular and simple knot that is very suitable for smaller and thinner ties. Very simple to learn and perfect for kids ties.
Tips and tricks to get the perfect tie knot
Always stand in front of the mirror when making the knot. Let the wide part have the double length as the narrow part, and when the knot is made do not forget to tighten the knot, otherwise the tie might get to short. If the knot looks bad you can always loosen it up to make some adjustments, you do not necessarily have to untie it completely. A classic mistake is to either make the knot to tight or to loose. Always untie the tie after it has been used, otherwise it might get ugly wrinkles. By doing this you extend the lifetime of the tie. Preferably use a tie rack since that is the best storage. Alternatively you can roll up the tie. A good tip when travelling is to roll up the tie and put it in a shoe.