The Perfect Knot for Your Custom Ties
The necktie that you wear can send a powerful message to people around you. Whether you want to signal power, trust in a business relationship or just casual approachability, this can all be subconsciously given by the kind of knot that you use for your custom ties. If you are wondering how so, this is because it is a subliminal message that implies you have attention to detail. If you are still not convinced yet, look at almost every president. You can see that they are using the Windsor knot. And when you look at less formal business outfits, it uses the four-in-hand or the half Windsor knot.
With each style, they send a different message, and this will also suit a different shirt collar and neck. In fact, there are different knots for custom ties of tall guys, short guys and skinny guys. The sad part is most men are just using one tie knot their whole lives.
The simple Oriental knot
- Step 1: Drape the tie around your collar so the seam faces inward and the thick end in your left should be two or three inches lower than your desired finishing position.
- Step 2: Place the thick end horizontally across the front of the narrow end and then pass it back horizontally behind the narrow end.
- Step 3: Cross the thick end in front of the knot from left to right.
- Step 4: Cross the thick end behind the knot horizontally from right to left.
- Step 5: Pass the thick end behind the knot horizontally from right to left again.
- Step 6: Cross the thick end and in front of the knot from left to right again, then slip a finger under this horizontal loop.
- Step 7: Put the tip of the thick end underneath the loop around your collar and then feed it up behind the knot, and then down over the front of the knot and through that third horizontal loop.
- Step 8: Pull the thick end of the tie through the horizontal loop and then snug it down.
- Step 9: Adjust the tie by holding the knot in one hand and then pull gently on the narrow end with the other.
The Four-in-Hand knot
This knot is one of the most popular knots that you can do with your custom ties, especially for beginners who are just learning how to tie a tie. It is not only easy to learn, but also this is also one of the oldest styles. This type of knot requires less of the tie’s length, which makes it a great choice for tall men who are trying to tie a regular length tie.
- Step 1: Loop the necktie around your collar so the thick end is on the left with 3 to 4 inches lower than the thin end.
- Step 2: Cross the thick end in front of the thin end.
- Step 3: Wrap the thick end wrap behind the thin end and then cross it horizontally from right to left.
- Step 4: Place the thick end horizontally across the front of the knot from right to the left, then slip a finder beneath this horizontal band.
- Step 5: Turn the tip of the thick end of the tie upward and in and then slide it beneath the loop and around your neck.
- Step 6: Feed the thick end of the tie down through the loop that you have held open with your finger.
- Step 7: Pull the thick end of the tie all the way through the loop then snug the knot down tightly.
- Step 8: Tighten the knot by holding it gently in one hand and tugging on the thin end with the other.
The Half Windsor knot
This knot along with the Four-in-Hand knot is most suited to guys who are just beginning to learn how to tie a tie. This type of knot is appropriate for medium-width and thick ties. This is also the most versatile and popular tie knot. The Half Windsor requires less of the tie’s length than the larger Windsor knot, which makes this a great choice for big and tall men who are trying to wear a regular length tie.
- Step 1: Drape the tie around your collar with the wide end on your right hanging down to your thigh together with the thin end on the left at about your rib cage.
- Step 2: Cross the wide end in front of the thin end from right to left making an X-shape below your chin.
- Step 3: Loop the wide end horizontally around and behind the thin end.
- Step 4: Cross the wide end over from the top and then through the opening of the X and pull it tight.
- Step 5: Hold the wide end of the tie with your right hand then wrap it in front over the thin end from your right to your left.
- Step 6: Keep the triangle intact with your left hand and bring the wide end towards your chest from behind the loop, then pass it over the X.
- Step 7: Use the index finger of your left hand to open up the triangle that has now formed over the X and pull the wide end of the tie all the way through.
- Step 8: Adjust the length by pulling the knot up towards your collar while pulling the thin end of the tie then bringing it down. You may need to adjust the horizontal loop in order to make sure that the knot is flat and even.
There are many other knots that you can try depending on what you will wear it with and the occasion you are attending.
Article written by Lucy Hale
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