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How to Tie a Tie

So you have finally decided to become a man, and learn how to tie a tie. We are here to provide you with as much help as possible, to ensure by the time you have finished at least one of these posts, you will be able to tie a tie. One of the most basic is the Windsor knot, so even if you are eager to show off the most complex knots for your tie, this is the right place to start. But if you are ambitious and want to push your tie game to the next level, try some of these Advanced Tie Knots to see if you can manage not to strangle yourself with your own tie. Or, if these images still have you fumbling about this How To Tie a Tie Guide: Gif Edition will definitely have you ready for your black tie event in no time.


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    Step 1 - Choose a side and adjusting

    how to tie a tie

    The first step is to decide on which side you want the wide end, and which side you want the narrow end of the tie. The position doesn't matter for the end result, merely what is most comfortable to you.


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    Step 2 - Beginning

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    Cross the wide end of the tie over the narrow end, close to your neck, and pinch the sides where they cross with your pointer finger and thumb.


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    Step 3 - Under Up And Over

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    While pinching the tie, use your free hand to guide the wide end under the loop you have created, over and through, and allow the tie to fall to your navel. The front of the tie should be facing out at this point. You can continue to grasp the "knot" with your thumb and forefinger, but in the next step you will replace both fingers once the next step is done.


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    Step 4 - Over and To the Side

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    Take the same hand you guided the wide end with, and pull it towards the side, and rest it on your shoulder before the next move (pro tip).


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    Step 5 - Around and Through

    how to tie a tie

    Take the wide end and guide it under and around the "knot", and pull it tight. Make sure to have your thumb and pointer finger keeping the "knot" tight. 


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    Step 6 - Up and Over

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    Take the wide end and bring it above the knot


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    Step 7 - Around and Through

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    Take the wide end and pull it around the "knot" and through. At this point the back end of the tie should be facing out.


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    Step 8 - Over and Around (Trick Step)

    how to tie a tie

    Take the wide end and bring it across the "knot". While doing so, to make it easier to finish, place one finger under the wide end you just brought over, and keep it there, keeping the tension in the "knot"


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    Step 9 - Under and Over

    how to tie a tie

    Take the wide end and bring it under and over the "knot", making sure to keep a space with your finger in between. 


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    Step 10 - Through and Adjust

    how to tie a tie

    Pull the wide end through the gap you created with your finger and finish the knot. Once doing so, adjust the knot itself to be symmetrical with your fingers. Use the narrow end to adjust the tide to the right length and tightness to your neck.


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    You've Done It!

    how to tie a tie

    Congratulations! If you look something like this you have tied your first tie. The world is your oyster now, so go out and carpe diem and make us proud. Or put yourself a cut above any of your coworkers with these complex and stunning tie knots, or give yourself a placeholder if you ever forget with a simple gif guide how to tie a tie knot.

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