The modern man’s guide to the suit life – part four

FAN2007195Your choice of tie, and how it is tied, makes a huge difference to your look. Here are the basics on the most popular of knots. They are drawn to show what you would see in the mirror, or what a beautiful woman would see if she was adjusting your tie for you.

With all knots, make sure to turn up your collar and fasten the top button of your shirt to make sure of the best fit for you. You should practice your tie technique before hand to make sure you are what you are doing and how to adjust the lengths of the fat end and narrow end.

The Four-in-hand

Step 1: Just below the collar, lay the wide end over the narrow end.

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Step 2: Take the wide end behind the narrow end.

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Step 3: Bring the wide end across the crossover.

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Step 4: Holding a finger in the loop, bring the wide end up, then down through the loop.

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Step 5: Holding the narrow end, pull the knot gently up to the top shirt button.

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The Double Knot

The wide end must hang down much further than the narrow end.

Step 1: Just below the collar, lay the wide end over the narrow end.

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Step 2: Take the wide end behind the narrow end a second time.

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Step 3: Bring the wide end up and under the layover and then into the loop formed by the first or second layer.

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Step 4: Finally, adjust the knot and slide it up to the centre of your collar.

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The Windsor Knot

The wide end must hang down much longer than the narrow end.

Step 1: Lay the wide end over the narrow end.

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Step 2: Bring the wide end up through the gap between the layover and your neck.

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Step 3: Take the wide end to the right behind the layover, then forwards and up, then down into the gap between the layover and your neck.

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Step 4: Take the wide end round the front of the layover, up close to your neck, and down through the loop just formed.

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Step 5: Hold the narrow end and tighten the finished knot by pulling it gently up to centre it on your collar.

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The Half Windsor

Step 1: Lay the wide end over the narrow end. Hold this layover and make a second turn around the narrow end just above the first.

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Step 2: Take the wide end horizontally behind the layover and bring it forward.

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Step 3: Hold the layover, take the wide end up under the layover and slide it down through the loop.

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Step 4: Hold the narrow end and pull gently on the wide end to form the knot. When finished, the narrow end should be concealed behind the wide end, which should be level with your belt.

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The Bow Tie

Once you have mastered the normal ties, only then should you proceed to the black belt of ties, the bow tie. Many have tried and many have failed to to successfully negotiate this knot. Good luck, you will need it!

Step 1: Adjust the tie to have one end lower than the other.

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Step 2: Around your neck, lay the longer end over the shorter end.

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Step 3: Slide the lower end up and under the bow.

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Steps 4 and 5: Make the two butterfly wings by folding the shorter end horizontally.

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Step 6: Fold the wider end over the front of the knot being formed.

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Step 7: Then hide the longer end under the folded part.

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Step 8: Finally, adjust the knot by pulling gently on both bows.

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A perfect bow tie has the ends the same distance apart as your eyes.

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