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How to Tie a Tie: Step by Step Guide

You're tying your tie all wrong.

The tie was the first casualty of casual America. What started with suits in offices and on airplanes devolved into golf shirts on Fridays, then jeans everyday, then T-shirts and sneakers, and now fashionable sweats. We want to be comfortable, so a colorful noose is the last thing we’re willing to don. Patrick Grant, creative director at Norton & Sons on London’s Savile Row, once explained that everything about a dress shirt is engineered to hold a necktie. A look is “unfinished” without it, he said, and “knowing how to tie your tie knot that looks right is a practiced art that says something about who you are and how you like to dress.”

It’s time to bring the tie back. But for those who had a friend or father knot their tie before the last wedding they attended, here’s a knot you can learn in minutes.

The Half Windsor
The staple of stylish men.

Start: With the fat side of the tie on your right, dropping about eight inches lower than the skinner side on your left (adjusted for height).

Step 1: Cross the wide end over the skinny end, right to left.

Step 2: Pass the wide end back under the skinny end, left to right.

Step 3: Bring the wide end towards your face and drop it through the neck loop.

Step 4: From left to right, wrap the wide end around the knot leaving a small space.

Step 5: Bring the wide end up through the neck hole, up and over.

Step 6: Pull the wide end through the space you left in step four.

Step 7: Tighten and adjust. The tip of the tie should touch the top of your belt.

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