Just as an alluring necklace or scarf puts the accent on a trendy woman’s getup, a necktie can make even a man’s casual or informal attire appear urbane and charismatic. As a man, you’ll be mandated to put on a tie for a host of significant events in your life starting from your marriage to a strategic job interview. Unfortunately, for a significant majority, tying a tie becomes a knotty affair. In the following paragraphs, the four most common types of tie-knots have been outlined.
Classic Windsor Knot
It was the Duke of Windsor who pioneered the full or classic Windsor knot and it became so popular that even James Bond fell for it hook, line and sinker. You get going by flapping the wider part over the narrower end. Next, you firmly pull the broader end in an upward direction and let it drop in a manner such that it overlaps the smaller part.
Thereafter, take the larger end beneath the slenderer one and again pull the same upwards. Now, fold over the broad part in the right direction as you did in the last step. Turn this part in a horizontally leftward direction around the narrower end. Finally repeat the 2nd step and lightly squeeze the broadened part in through the loop.
The Half-Windsor tie knotting technique is somewhat similar to the Classic Windsor Knot and it is in fact an abridged or shortened version of the latter. The Half-Windsor is perfectly suited for black-tie events and other strictly formal occasions. You start by placing the wider part over the narrower end. Thereafter, you take the larger end beneath the smaller one to form a loop and then pull this part upwards.
Next, you bring the broader end downwards forming another loop. Now, hold the tip of the wide part and position it horizontally above the slender end. Take the broad end upwards making it pass via the loop or knot. Insert the larger end inside the knot and drag it downwards. Now, tauten the knot and adjust it around the shirt collar so that it looks well-set.
The Four-Hand Knot is a very straightforward and uncomplicated loop and therefore can be learned easily. This tie knot style goes best with slender-collared shirts because of its somewhat asymmetrical appearance and is befitting for casual events or occasions. Slide the tie under the shirt collar so that the larger section is on the left end and the slenderer on the right. Cross the broader part over the slimmer end and thereafter pass it beneath the latter. Now, fold the broad end taking it over and around the narrower part. Next, take the wider part upwards passing it via the loop, slot the same inside the knot, and bring it downwards placing it in front of the smaller end.
The Pratt Knot
The Pratt Knot is a remarkably versatile knot as the same can be paired with shirts having different collar patterns. At the same time, the knot gels with both formal and casual occasions. Revert the tie so that the backside is facing you and slip the same around your neck, under the collar. Cross the wider end from beneath the smaller part and take it upwards over the slenderer part. Make the broader end go inside the loop and bring it down. After properly aligning the knot, tighten the same, and take the larger section above the narrower part. Insert the larger end inside the knot and pull the same upwards. Re-insert this end via the loop, pull it downwards, and finally adjust the knot by tightening it.
There are a host of tie-knotting techniques that are in vogue throughout the world. Apart from the ones mentioned above, there is the ‘Nicky knot’, ‘Oriental knot’, ‘Hanover knot’, ‘Victoria Knot’ and so on and so forth. However, the four aforementioned approaches are the ones that are most popular and therefore, used extensively.