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How To Tie A Tie

The Windsor, four-in-hand and bow tie, in six steps or less.

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.

The Windsor

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.

End result:

The four-in-hand

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.

End result:

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.

End result:

Also available in easy-to-follow video form:

All set!

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