# 5 Ways to Tie a Necktie

07:43 2012

There are many ways to tie a tie. A book exists (The 85 Ways to Tie a Tie) that, based on mathematics and geometry, shows one many ways to tie a necktie, but states that only 13 are symmetric enough to wear. We cannot cover all thirteen in this article, but we will cover 5 ways to tie neckwear.

1.Oriental Knot
This is a very simple and small knot typically used for Chinese school uniforms. Start with the tie inside out, right wide side longer than left narrow side. Bring the left over the right in an X. Wrap the wide blade around the narrow and bring it up through the center loop. Bring the wide blade down through the front loop and tighten. Cover the inside out neck loop with your collar.
2.Victoria Knot
This is similar to the Four in Hand Knot except for one move which makes it a little larger. Start with the tie right side out, draped around the neck such that the wide blade is on the right and is longer than the narrow blade. Cross wide over narrow blade. Wrap the wide blade twice around the narrow blade and bring it up through the center neck hole. Pass the wide blade down through the front loop and tighten. This is a self-releasing knot.
3.Four in Hand Knot
Start with the tie right side out, draped around the neck such that the wide blade is on the right and is longer than the narrow blade. Cross the wide over the narrow blade and wrap it around the narrow blade. Bring the wide blade up through the neck hole and pass it down through the loop. Tighten the knot. This is currently the most popular knot.
4.Half-Windsor Knot
This is an asymmetric knot that is very popular. Drape the tie around your neck right side out such that the wide blade is on the right and longer than the narrow blade. Cross the wide blade over the narrow blade. Wrap the wide blade behind the narrow, bring the wide blade up and pull it down through the neck hole towards the left. Wrap the wide blade in front of the narrow blade; bring it up through the neck hole from the back. Pull the wide blade down through the front loop and tighten the knot.
5.Windsor Knot
This is a very wide symmetric knot that is appropriate for wide collars when one is planning on going on an interview or needs to look confident. It is the same as the Half Windsor, but instead of wrapping the wide blade in front of the narrow after the first time through the neck hole, after you pull the wide blade down through the neck hole towards the left, bring it up in front and down through the neck hole again, pulling it to the right. At this point, pull it across the front, push the wide blade up through the neck hole in back and bring it down through the front loop. Tighten the knot and hide the wide corners of the knot under the collar.

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