If you're a man of a certain age, by which we mean over 13, you need to know how to tie a tie yourself.
Certainly your father or mother can help you and/or your girlfriend, or boyfriend, husband, or wife, but eventually, one day, you'll find yourself needing to know how to tie a tie. Weddings usually require them. Some job interviews too. But before you fret over the seemingly mundane but in actuality incredibly difficult task, take a look at the easy breakdowns we've assembled below, for the four-in-hand, Windsor and bow tie.
Step 1: Cross the wide end over the narrow end and bring it through the loop.
Step 2: Pull the wide end underneath the narrow end and to the right.
Step 3: Take it back through the loop and to the right again so that the wide end appears inside out.
Step 4: Bring the wide end up and around the knot.
Step 5: Bring the wide end down and through the front knot.
Step 6: Tighten the knot and bring it toward the collar.
Step 1: Cross the wide end over the narrow end.
Step 2: Bring the wide end underneath the narrow end from left to right. Then bring the wide end back over from right to left.
Step 3: Place the wide end under the center knot.
Step 4: Bring the wide end down.
Step 5: Bring the wide end down through the loop. Gently pull the knot upward.
The Bow Tie
Step 1: Give each side a name. Cross end A over end B. Bring A over and under the loop.
Step 2: Pull B toward your neck to form the front base loop of the knot.
Step 3: Loop A over the center of the loop you just formed. Hold up the bow tie shape.
Step 4: Wrap B over A.
Step 5: Poke A through the loop that's located behind the bow tie.
Step 6: Adjust the bow tie by tugging on the ends and straightening the knot.
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