Learn How to Tie a Tie

Neck tie History

The neck tie originated among Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian wars of the 17th century: the Croats used a scarf around the neck to hold together the opening of their shirts. This method was soon adopted (under the name Cravat, a name perhaps derived from the word Croat) by the upper classes in France (then a leading country in the field of fashion) and flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Bow Tie Instructions

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1. Start with the bow tie lying face up. Adjust the bow tie so right side is shorter
than the left. The end on the left will be referred to as A and the end on the right will be referred to as B.

2. Move A to the right side, across B.

3. Bring A under B and up through the neck loop.

4. At the joint, fold B towards the right and then towards the left to create a the bow shape.

5. Bring A stra­ight down over the middle of the bow shape that was made with B.

6. Fold A back towards the chest and pinch the fold.

7. Push the pinched end (A) through the loop behind B.

8. Pull on the folded parts of the bow to tighten.

9. Adjust until balanced on both sides.

 

The Half Windsor Knot Instructions

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1. Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end on the left. The tip of the small end should rest slightly above your belly-button (this will vary depending on your height and the length & thickness of your tie). Only move the active (wide) end.

2. Wide end over the small end to the left.

3. Under the small end and to the right.

4. Up to the center, towards neck loop.

5. Through the neck loop and to the left.

6. Across the front, over to the right.

7. Up into the neck loop from underneath.

8. Down through the loop you've just created in the front.

9. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up & adjust.

 

The Windsor Knot Instructions

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1. Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end on the left. The tip of the small end should rest slightly above your belly-button (this will vary depending on your height and the length & thickness of your tie). Only move the active (wide) end.

2. Wide end over the small end to the left.

3. Up into the neck loop from underneath.

4. Down to the left.

5. Around the back of the small end to the right.

6. Up to the center, towards neck loop.

7. Through the neck loop and down to the right.

8. Across the front to the left.

9. Up into the neck loop from underneath.

10. Down through the loop you've just created in the front.

11. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up & adjust.