The 4 Necktie Knots You Need to Know How to Tie

by Mark Johnson October 15, 2013

via reddit


There are dozens, if not hundreds, of ways to tie a tie. Thomas Fink, the author of The 85 Ways to Tie a Tie, lays out a dizzying array of knots with mind melting instructions and notations. It seems like every week, the Pinterest crowd is going crazy over a new novelty tie knot like the Eldredge or the Trinity. There are probably as many ways to tie a tie as there are possibilities in our tie designer (OK, not quite. We've got almost 100,000 different combinations).

Certainly there are plenty of knotty knot aficionados out there, but you don't have to memorize hundred of knots to look good. The four knots above make a great start, and are enough of a repertoire to match just about any look. 

You'll want to keep in mind the finished size of the knot, especially in comparison to the width of your tie and the spread of your collar to create a balanced look. also has a few words of advice for choosing the right knot for the right occasion: 

Wearing your tie in the proper knot for the proper occasion can help to determine the impression you leave with other people. For instance, if you wear a four-in-hand to a formal occasion such as a wedding, you might appear sloppy and careless; whereas if you wear a Windsor to work (and you aren’t in a position that calls for it), you could come across as rather pompous. On the other hand, wearing the four-in-hand in a daily setting, but remembering the dressier knots, such as the Windsor, for more formal occasions, can make you seem refined and stylish — which is, no doubt, the impression you would rather leave with others.

Whichever knot you choose, it's going to look great tied with a Knotty Tie made just for you. 

Start designing your perfect tie now!

Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson


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