Having a tied bow tie apposed to a clip-on bow tie does have a more refined look and really polishes a nice tuxedo outfit. However, tying a bow tie is a bit trickier than tying a straight necktie, but once it’s understood how to tie a bow tie, it’s a piece of cake. One very helpful item when learning how to tie a bow tie is a clearly illustrated step-be-step guide, such as the one provided here on Ask Phil. And although it’s helpful to have this illustrated how to tie a bow tie guide, it still does take practice to master the art of tying a bow tie.
Even if a tie is not worn on a regular basis, it does come in handy to know how to tie a tie when an occasion calls for it. It can be awkward having to ask people to tie a tie, and even more awkward if a man needs to ask his girlfriend or wife to tie his tie for him. So here are some easy to follow techniques on how to tie a tie and some different traditional knots to choose from. Tie knots do trend with the fashion of times, when or where a tie is being worn and what kind of tie is being worn, such as a solid colored tie, a pattern tie, a striped tie, a shorter tie, a longer tie, a wide tie or a skinny tie.
What is a tie? (also known as a necktie or dress tie)
A tie or necktie is a slender piece of cloth that is worn for decorative purposes around the neck or shoulders, resting under the shirt collar and knotted at the throat. Variants include the ascot tie, bow tie, bolo tie, zipper tie, cravat and the clip-on tie. The modern necktie, ascot, and bow tie are descended from the cravat. Neck ties are generally unsized, but may be available in a longer size. Men and boys wear neckties as part of regular office attire or formal wear. Neckties can also be worn as part of a uniform (e.g. military, school and waitstaff), whereas some choose to wear them as everyday clothing attire. Neckties are traditionally worn with the top shirt button fastened, and the tie knot resting comfortably between the collar points. Among younger men, neckties are sometimes worn as a casual item, tied loosely around the neck, with the top shirt button unfastened.
How to tie a tie in different knots
College life to the work force can be quite a transition, and wearing a tie can be a major contributing factor of cultural shock and less comfort. If a tie is required for work, what better way to deal with it than embrace it and have fun with wearing a tie. If wearing a tie for personal style, a cool knot is a great way to accentuate a nice tie. One way to have fun with wearing a tie is different knots to change up the style. Below are the step-by-step diagrams of how to tie a tie in some of the most popular and traditional dress tie styles. And because every loop changes the appearance of a tie, Ask Phil includes double-wrap technique on most knots.
How to tie a tie: the Simple Knot:
How to tie a tie: the double-wrap Simple Knot:
How to tie a tie: the Balthus knot:
How to tie a tie: the double-wrap Balthus knot:
How to tie a tie: the Four-In-Hand knot:
How to tie a tie: the double-wrap Four-In-Hand knot:
How to tie a tie: the Prince Albert knot:
How to tie a tie: the Single Windsor knot:
How to tie a tie: the double-wrap Single Windsor knot:
How to tie a tie: the Double Windsor knot:
How to tie a tie: the double-wrap Double Windsor knot:
How to tie a tie conclusion
Whether a tie is required for work, special events or personal style it’s a great to know how to tie a tie when the occasion calls for it, as well as knowing what type of knot is appropriate and what style of knot is preferred. If you would like a diagram of how to tie a knot we didn’t cover, please let us know. Thanks.