Monday, August 17, 2009

How To Tie A Necktie

Cary-Grant

Many men today have no clue how to tie a necktie. We live in a world where casual style is more accepted. Ties are not often required at many places of employment these days. If a man doesn't have to wear a tie at work, most men might only wear one at a special occasion. If some sort of event pops up that requires a man to wear a tie, but he doesn't know how to tie one, then he will have to find someone who does. That person could be his significant other, a parent, a friend or so forth. Every man should know how to properly tie a tie. There are quite a few different knots out there that a man can learn. He's off to a good start if he can master only one. That's better than having to find someone to tie a necktie for him. It's even worse if he decides to just wear a clip-on. I'll admit with shame that I'm not that great at tying a tie. I am trying to get better. I don't often get a chance to wear a tie so I've used that as an excuse to not learn many methods at all. Every classy gent should know how to tie a proper necktie. I'm doing my part to learn and also educate others in the process.


Here is a graphic that shows four of the different knots that can be used for your tie:

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I also came across quite a few videos that show how to tie a necktie.

Tying a four-in-hand knot:



Tying a bow tie:



Tying a necktie like an Italian:



There is a site called The Art of Manliness that has a great article and videos on tying various knots. You should definitely check it out. I'm learning a lot from it. This last video comes from the site. It shows how to tie several different knots.



I hope you got something out of this post. I know I did putting it together. Let me know what you think.

74 comments:

whibley said...

wow..so many options..looks good too..

Gingeyginge said...

Fantastic post. I agree all men should be able to tie a tie.My son could tie one at the tender age of five...Hope you have a lovely week..

Couture Carrie said...

You're better than GQ, K! The bow tie one is particularly instructive!

xoxox,
CC

Laurel said...

That is so cool!! I remember having to drive to a male friends house when my son was little to have him tie his tie! I could have used this! You are great:)

Cathy Voyage said...

Great tutorials - men should know how to tie a tie!

Gabbi said...

Very informative dear Keith... I love love the way Dino looks doing it. Such a great photograph and such a handsome man.

Hope you're having a lovely Sunday!

Alexander Dyle said...

Sir,

I am fully of the same opinion as your good self regarding the matter of tying a necktie. Properly tying a necktie does seem to be on the wane. Thus, recently I posted a despatch in my journal entitled How To Look Smart & Stylish (Men) which included the matter of tying a necktie which I hoped might be of interest to readers. I, myself, find a half-Windsor knot, being almost symmetrical, adequate for most occasions. Well, I bid you a fine evening; I have a new despatch to construct this evening.

I remain your humble & obedient servant,

Alexander Dyle

Marian said...

Hi Keith, it is so interesting on the numerous ways and styles that a necktie can be tied.i love that first image! the manliness site is the coolest thing ever. It is such a shame that men are not encouraged to be as well put together as in the past,i miss that elegance.
xxx
Marian

T.L Bugg said...

I know there are tons of fellows out there that cant tie a tie, but it still floors me when someone tells me they can't. Thank for all the great info on the different knots, going to have to try that Italian one.

Heavenly Housewife said...

First of all, that is first picture u got there is absolutely awesome.
Funny thing, in England, school uniforms are mandatory and a lot of the uniforms have neckties (even some girl uniforms), so lots of young kids here know how to tie a tie... but i dont.
Great instructional videos. Its amazing how much you can learn from you tube. I learned how to wear a sari by following one of their videos.

Keith said...

Hey Whibley. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on this blog of mine too. I appreciate it. Cheers!

Keith said...

Hey Gingey. Thanks. I think it's important that men definitely know how to tie a tie. That's cool that your son could do it at such a young age.

Keith said...

Hey Carrie. Thanks so much. I appreciate that. I thought it would be something worthwhile to post on. I really wanted to post a clip on tying a bow tie.

Keith said...

Hey Laurel. Thanks. I really appreciate that. I definitely want to help out others who might not do that well with tying a tie. It's something everybody should know how to do.

Keith said...

Hey Cathy. Thanks. Glad you agree that this is something important for men to know how to do.

Keith said...

Hey Gabbi. Thanks. Oh yeah. You know that pic is not of Dino. That's Cary Grant. I'm enjoying my Sunday. Hope you are too. Cheers!

Keith said...

Hello Alexander. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it. I will definitely check out your link. It is important that men know how to tie a tie. Many don't know these days. We do live in an era where people dress down. The half windsor is the one that I've tied the most. Take care. Have a great week ahead.

Keith said...

Hey Marian. Thanks. Glad you enjoyed this post. I love the Art of Manliness site. It's one of my favorites out there. I've learned so much from it. It is sad that men aren't taught a lot of the proper things they should know. We live in an era where it's not considered necessary.

Keith said...

Hey T.L. Thanks for commenting. There are a lot of guys today who don't know. I guess when it's something you rarely have to do then it's not considered vital info to have. I want to try the Italian one myself. Gotta love those Italians.

Keith said...

Hey Housewife. Thanks. There are so many great videos out there on youtube. I'm glad it's around. I think it's great that British kids wear a uniform with a tie. That gives them great incentive to learn how to tie a tie. It's a shame that so many people today, because of what they do or they just don't care anymore, never learn how to tie a tie.

Nancy Sinatra Fan said...

This is a worthwhile post full of vital information. I did like the clips you posted. I'm actually the one who taught my husband how to tie his ties.

Keith said...

Thanks Phoebe. I'm glad you enjoyed this post. I had been wanting to do such a post for some time now. I thought it would be some useful info for people who didn't know how to tie a tie. Plus I wanted to share some different knots.

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh I loved it. I've learnt something, thank you. Love the first picture, he's one of my fav's. I like the diagram's too.

xxx

Keith said...

Hey Dustjacket. Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed this post and got something out of it. Have a great week ahead!

Nubia said...

This is very informative thanks for posting. I should learn for the men in my family and my bf.

Keith said...

Hey Nubia. Thanks. Glad you got something out of it. Yeah, I think it's important for all of us, men and women, to know how to tie a tie.

Ms. B said...

Oh Cary, he's so dreamy! Swoon! Wonderful post!

xoxo

Keith said...

Thanks Mrs. B, Cary is awesome. Glad you enjoyed the post.

Amy said...

that was cool! even I have no idea how to manoever a tie.

rhiannon said...

How the blank do you find all of these vids and pix?!! Oh my goodness! It's like walkin' through a time portal!!!
~D

WISEREDLIPS said...

thanx! wow i like this post. you would definitely love drpagan.blogspot.com check him out!!

Elizabeth Marie said...

Keith! This is the best post ever...definitely have some fellows I can show this too! HAHA!

Happy Monday love! XO

Niki B. said...

cool blog! and thanks for checking out mine. you strike me as a mad men fan, non?

SsstSonia said...

haha, I'm a girl and I know how!!!
kisses

Tommy Salami said...

Sometimes I get a little rusty with the double windsor and have to peek at a video. Unless you're tall and thin, the double is the way to go for anything but the most casual occasion. Though even Cary Grant could pull one off. Young Sinatra would opt for the single or four-in, I imagine.o

Keith said...

Hey Amy. Thanks. Glad you got something out of this post.

Keith said...

Hey Rhiannon. Thanks. I appreciate that. I've found them all around through mostly searching. Plus people send me stuff all the time.

Keith said...

Hey WISEREDLIPS. Thanks for the comment. Glad you liked the post. I'll check out that link. Cheers!

Keith said...

Hey Liz. Thanks so much. I'm really happy that you got so much out of this post. Definitely share this with anybody you can think of. Enjoy your Monday. Cheers!

Keith said...

Hey Niki. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. You are welcome about my comment at your blog. Oh yeah. I love Mad Men. Cheers!

Keith said...

Hey Sonia. You know what. When I didn't know, some of the people that helped me the most were girls.

Keith said...

Hey Tommy. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it. I enjoyed putting this post together. I want to learn more knots than I know. I've never used too many. It is neat now to see what particular knots different guys are using.

Jim @ CoolStuffForDads.com said...

Neck tie - yes, bow tie - no; in terms of knowing how to tie. There does seem to be less ties around these days. We wore clip-ons when we were kids.

Keith said...

Hey Jim. Thanks. Yeah, when I was a kid that's what we wore. I even knew plenty of grown men who wore clip-ons. I was probably in jr. high before I wore a real tie.

janettaylor said...

WOW! So cool!

X♥X♥

Keith said...

Thanks Janet.

Robert M. Lindsey said...

I always thought I was doing a half-windsor, but I'm doing a four-in-hand! When I was in college and anyone on the floor needed to go to a funeral or wedding, they always had to borrow not only a tie, but shoes and sometimes dress slacks and shirt as well.

Retrohound.com

Keith said...

Hey Robert. Thanks for commenting. I guess you learned something here today. I know a lot of guys that have no dress clothes at all. Their wardrobes consist of jeans, t-shirts, a few polo shirts & some khakis. That's it.

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Fabulous post Keith; passing this one out to my sons!!

Erika said...

Fabulous how to! As a female, I usually search for how-to guides about tying scarves! :)

insideratbjornborg said...

great videos!
i'm really into bow ties and ties, so this was a perfect guide : )

Planet Mondo said...

I'm a half windsor man - always have been always will be!

If you can, try and get yourself a copy of this Keith. I've had mine for 10 years and still find something new in it

Some Like it Vintage said...

Bravo Keith! All men should know how to tie a tie, and all men should wear one more often. It always looks wonderful!

Keep well.
xoxox
V.

Steve Langton said...

Great post. Learnt how to sort a tie when I was at school (one of the few things I was good at). Have to wear a tie at work and, to be honest, I'd rather take a beating than have to wear one. Absolutely hate 'em.

Deine kleine Schwester said...

Hey Keith, I love that posting very much! I've used the same description how to tie a necktie for doing mine :) I've used them for business sometimes, hehe.
I was able to teach my big brother how to do correctly :-D YAY!
Wishing you a pleasant week!
xoxo sofie
(www.modediktat.de)

Kristin said...

What an awesome post! I've actually always wanted to know how to tie one myself.

clarewbrown said...

I love this! My dad is bow tie wearer, he looks so adorable in them I think it is also good for a girl to know how to tie a neck tie. It's sexy AND helpful... the perfect combo lol

Keith said...

Hey Dumbwit. Thanks. I hope your sons get something out of it. That was my intention.

Keith said...

Hey Erika. Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed this post. Take care. Cheers!

Keith said...

Hey Insider. Thanks. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. I had a good time putting it together for myself and others.

Keith said...

Hey Dave. Thanks. I appreciate that link. I'll have to check it out. The half windsor is what I've generally done myself. Cheers!

Keith said...

Hey Veronica. Thanks. I definitely think it's important for men to know how to tie a tie. Plus men should try to find more occasions to wear one.

Keith said...

Hey Steve. Thanks for commenting. Sorry you hate wearing a tie. That's cool that you can actually tie one yourself.

Keith said...

Hey Sofie. Thanks. Glad you stopped by and commented. That's cool that you taught your big bro how to tie a tie. My dad was the main one who taught me. It's definitely important for a guy to know how.

Keith said...

Hey Kristin. Thanks. I hope my post has given you enough information to know how now.

Keith said...

Hey Clare. Thanks. I've got a friend who wears a bow tie a lot. He looks very cool in them. Yeah, it is cool for a girl to know how to tie a tie herself. I would find it sexy to have a girl tie my tie for me.

this wheel's on fire said...

great post! i learned when i was a little girl, for absolutely no reason, but i'm glad i know now!

Keith said...

Thanks. Glad you liked the post. I think it's great for guys and girls to know how.

Allison said...

That is fabulous, Keith! I feel like I should learn how to tie a tie as well...just in case J doesn't know how =) But it is definitely a good skill to learn - I love when a man wears a tie!

Keith said...

Hey Allison. Thanks. Glad you enjoyed this post. I think it's important for both genders to know how. It would be cool if you learned how. Hope your week started off well. Cheers!

Jessica Cangiano said...

Let me just say that as a woman, there are few things more attractive for a man to wear than a well-tied tie (with the width of the tie and the size of the know being proportional to a gent's stature) and a crisp, pressed button-up shirt. Throw in a perfectly tailored two or three piece suit and you're positively golden in my books! :)

♥ Jessica

Keith said...

Hey Jessica. Thanks for sharing that. I totally understand what you mean. I'm very impressed by a well dress man.

JFK Jean said...

There's absolutely nothing wrong with being "not so great" at tying ties. I'm on the same boat but I still wear ties generally on the daily even though it's not required. Men should not only know how to tie a tie but know which ones are outdated as well. I'm sick of those 90's prints

Keith said...

Hey JFK. Thanks. I know what you mean. I'm just glad I know how to do it even if I'm not all that great at it. I do wanna get better. Yeah, it is important to know which ties are out of date. I've seen some guys with ties that are so out of style it's ridiculous.