The different tie knots

There are many books about ties, which show different ways to tie them. Published in 1827, Baron emile de l’Empese’s 16 lessons were reprinted in 2010 and show that the necktie still enjoys a great deal of attention today. Although it is no longer mandatory in many professions, it has paradoxically become more important: Even if it meant wearing a tie, you can do so with extra style! For this, it is important to pay great attention to it, especially in the knotting.

In fact, some tie knots are not adapted to some shirt collars or ties, then it is essential to consider the width, shape and thickness of the tie. Generally, a thick tie is satisfied with a simple knot, while a thinner tie allows for the creation of a Christensen or Windsor knot.

According to a mathematical study, there are 177.417 ways to tie your tie, but we will show only 7 here, that should be more than enough.

1. The simple knot, a foundation.
2. The double knot, for more hold.
3. The small knot, for a thin tie.
4. The Windsor knot, for very special occasions.
5. The half Windsor knot, for an elegant knot for all circumstances.
6. The square knot, for a bit of originality.
7. The Onassis knot, for much – too much! – Originality

The simple knot, a foundation

The simple knot, also called "regatta knot" by the Brits or "four-legged" is derived from the navy knot "two half keys to cap" inspired. With a thin thickness, it is suitable for almost all collars and ties.

The simple knot:

Tying of the simple knot:

1 – Place the large panel of your tie on the left, the narrow panel on the right. The big one must surround the small one by ca. 30 cm overhang.
2 – Lead the large panel around the small panel.
3 – Pass the large panel of the tie over the small panel from behind.
4 – Slide the large panel down through the flap that forms.
5 – Slide the big panel into the knot. Customize.

The double knot, for more hold

This knot, also called "Prince Albert or "Victoria" called is a derivative of the simple knot. It is characterized by a second pass of the tie section. The double-simple is recommended for narrow, soft and thin ties and long collars.

Formation of the double knot:

The small tie knot

The small tie knot is not suitable for all collars and ties. Use the small knot if the tie is wide or thick and your collar has a small opening, such as z.B. the tab collar, there a normal knot can look too big. In addition, the small knot is particularly suitable for tall men with long torsos.

The little tie knot:

Formation of the small tie knot:

The Windsor knot

Contrary to what is often said, the Windsor knot was not invented by the Duke of Windsor. Nevertheless, it was he who made it very popular in the 1930s. The Windsor knot is characterized by its large volume. Therefore, it is better to choose this type of knot when you have a wide open collar such as bspw. wears the italian collar. The implementation of such a knot requires a tie that is preferably thin and long. Good news, you’re not invited to Windsor House, so you don’t have to master this knot perfectly for.

Tying the Windsor Knot:

The half Windsor knot

As you can imagine, the half Windsor knot is inspired by the Windsor knot. However, this is more recommended than the Windsor knot, as it is a little easier. It is important for Slim ties. Choose a collar with a relatively large opening. In addition, this knot is ideal for ceremonies, as it is simple and elegant at the same time.

The half Windsor knot:

Formation of the half Windsor knot:

The Christensen square knot or cross knot

Original and sophisticated, this beautiful knot is definitely more sophisticated than the others, but you won’t be overdressed with it at all. For a perfect execution, the square knot must have a clearly visible cross pattern, which requires a certain grip style. Ties too thick, made of heavy silk, knitwear or wool are not suitable if you want to make such a knot. For even more aesthetics opt for striped ties, which emphasize the pattern even more. In addition, this knot has the ability to give volume to ties that have none.

The Christensen Cross Knot:

Formation of the Christensen cross knot:

The Onassis knot

For the record, unless you are going to the Tie Knot Specialist Conference, we strongly suggest you refrain from doing so! The famous Greek shipowner Aristotle Onassis invented this knot to stand out: It is a success! He was looking for an unstructured tie knot similar to the ascot knot, but maintaining the length of the tie. This knot is wide, so choose a wide open collar. The Onassis knot is the perfect knot to stand out from the others, but if that is your goal, we rather recommend a bold color or an original material like a silk grenadine tie!

Tying the Onassis knot:

More information on how to tie your men’s bow tie, for example, you will find here.

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