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Best Looking Tie Knot

October 6, 2011
TIE SNUG

You've come a long way since your dad taught you how to tie a basic necktie knot in front of the bathroom mirror, before your junior prom. Today you know that there are a range of different knots to suit a variety of outfits and occasions. But you still may be asking yourself, which knot is the best for any certain one occasion? How do you know which tie knot to use at what time? Here is a simple guide to selecting the best tie knot.

 

When you are in a hurry: When you need to make a great impression but are in a bit of a rush, you can rely on the Double Knot. It is quick and simple to form, so you can do it even when you are short on time. Plus, it looks good with all face shapes and sizes, and works with nearly any type of shirt collar. To complete the Double Knot, follow these four steps:


  1. Starting with the tie around your neck, lay the wide end of the tie over top the narrow end.

  2. Pass the wide end of the tie behind the narrow end a second time.

  3. Bring the wide end of the tie up and over the layover that you created. Then, place the wide end into the loop that was formed by the first layer of the tie.

  4. Pull the wide end all the way through, adjust the knot and slide it up to the center of your collar.


 

When are attending a formal event: When you want a tie knot to compliment your best suit, it's time to pull out the Windsor Knot, a knot with stately volume. Allow a bit of extra time to complete this knot, because it is a bit more challenging to form. The Windsor Knot must fit exactly between the two ends of the collar and hide your top button of your shirt, so I would recommend also wearing the appropriate necktie accessoriesto keep the knot in place and prevent it from shifting. To complete the Windsor Knot, follow these five steps:

  1. Starting with the tie around your neck, lay the wide end of the tie over top the narrow end.

  2. Bring the wide end of the tie up through the gap between your neck and the layover.

  3. Take the wide end of the tie in your hand, and move it to the right behind the layover. Then move it forwards and up, then down into the gap between the layover and your neck.

  4. Take the wide end of the tie around to the front of the layover, close to your neck, then pull it down through the loop that you just formed.

  5. Hold the narrow end of the tie, and adjust the knot by sliding it up to the center of your collar.


 

When you're having trouble with your usual tie knot: Ever have one of those mornings when you've tried three times to get your tie knot to look professional, and you just can't seem to get it right? The most common culprit is that the tie is made from a heavier than average fabric. The best type of knot to use with a heavy or thick fabric is the Small Knot. The Small Knot is also very easy to complete, so you can quickly tie it after your other 3 failed attempts. To complete the Small Knot, follow these four steps:

  1. Starting with the tie around your neck, lay the wide end of the tie over top the narrow end.

  2. Place the wide end of the tie up and over the layover.

  3. Hold the layover with one hand, then run the wide end of the tie behind the layover and up. Smooth out the wide end of the tie, and slide it down through the loop of the layover.

  4. Adjust the knot and slide it up to the center of your collar.


 

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