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It's Monday, but it's hard to believe that it's the middle of the summer. It definitely doesn't feel like it. Between graduating college and earning a new graduate degree, I have been buried in both schoolwork and blog reading. It's been over a month since I last had time to dress up in a suit, tie, and new-found sense of style with a top-notch necktie.
Whether for business or social occasions, certain ensembles look better with a tie. Located underneath the shirt collar and knotted at the throat, a straight tie brings a level of professionalism and elegance to a suit, vest, or shirt and slacks. Although clip-on ties may seem like the easiest route, hand-tied straight ties are the most attractive option. Knowing how to tie a tie can open up a number of new styles and looks. With six tie knots to choose from, there's something for every neck size and shirt style. If you prefer an easy knot, we suggest starting with the full Windsor. Our how to tie a tie videos and simple instructions allow men and women to sport a polished tie in minutes. People should practice tying knots in front of a mirror for best results.
Our favorite is the four-in-hand. What the origin of the four-in-hand knot is, is controversial. Some say the horse-and-carriage chauffeurs, back in the days, used to tie their leashes with this knot. Others argue it was the same chauffeurs who used to tie their scarves with this knot, in order to prevent cold from finding its way in behind their coats. More likely is perhaps that it was the members of the Four-in-hand club in London, that began wearing the tie this way. And by doing so made it fashionable. Regardless of how this tie knot began life, it is our absolute favorite. Simply because it is so multifaceted, and a bit asymmetric. The asymmetry makes it look a bit careless, which we believe is sophisticated. The four-in-hand knot works equally good to all shirt collars. (Source: johnhenric.com)
Whether you are new to wearing ties or are a necktie aficionado the tips below will help you master all the popular necktie knots. The tie knots listed below are sorted by difficulty, starting with the popular and easy to master Four-in-Hand knot, and ending with the more challenging dimpled double Windsor knot. All you need to get started is a necktie, a dress shirt, a mirror, and a little bit of patience. Also, make sure that your hands are clean and well manicured in order to protect the delicate silk fabric of your necktie.
The best way to tie a tie for beginners is the 4-in-hand knot. Step 1. Button the top button of your shirt, and fold your collar up. Step 2. Hang the tie around your collar so that the wide end is on your right side, about 4 inches below the narrow end. Step 3. Cross the wide end in front of the narrow end. Step 4. Bring the wide end behind the narrow end, and pull the wide end from left to right. Hold the narrow end steady throughout. Step 5. Cross the wide end in front of the narrow end from right to left. Step 6. Pull the wide end up through the neck loop, then push the wide end down through the loop you created in front. Step 7. Hold the narrow end in one hand, then pull the wide end to tighten the knot. Straighten the knot as needed. Step 8. Check to make sure that the end of the tie is about at the middle of your belt buckle, and tuck the narrow end of the tie into the loop on the back side of the wide end. Step 9. Fold your collar down, and make sure that the tie is covered by the collar all the way around your neck. (Source: www.wikihow.com)