Got that job interview in 15 minutes? Want to impress that special someone with your utter manliness? Or perhaps if you’re a member of the female gender and you’re reading this, you’d like to show some outward affection to that special guy in your life by tying his tie for him before you go out for that special late-night event? Have no fear!
There are several methods of tying a tie, and there are also several types of ties! Here we’ll cover some of the basics and show you some of the most popular tying methods:
Method #1: The Windsor
One of the easiest and most popular tie-tying methods is known as the “Windsor”. This method will work for just about any occasion, from a day on the job to a dinner party at the White House.
But don’t let its simplicity fool you! This method is considered highly sophisticated and classy. It was invented by the Duke of Windsor, and thus bears his name. Think of it this way: if you’re tying your tie in a fashion once used by royalty, how can you go wrong? That’s right, you can’t!
Method #2: The Half-Windsor
This method is basically a variation on the Windsor theme. It’s just as classy as a regular Windsor, but looks slightly different. Choose between the two at your own discretion for some added personal style.
Method #3: The Double-Windsor
This method is more complex than the others, but is said to be the most “balanced-looking” out of all others. It’s a good deal more complex, so don’t try this one if you’re in a hurry! If you feel up to it, however, this knot will have you looking sharp.
Method #4: The Four-In-Hand
This method is my personal favorite as it’s simple and gets the job done –perfect for when you have 15 minutes to get to work and you woke up late!
The Bow Tie
A bow-tie is a great way to be a little out-of-the-ordinary. Many college professors and ivy-league students choose to wear them, as they convey a sense of higher culture. Bow ties are also useful for many formal events, such as weddings or dinner parties. If you’d like to take your tie-tying to the next level, here’s a short video to show you how:
The ability to correctly tie a bow tie, –as it is seen by many as a dying art– can really impress others! Additionally, bow-ties that have actually been tied, instead of the cheap kinds that are sold at the mall and simply clip on, show that you have a high level of culture as it is very easy to tell them apart! Take it from me, putting in the extra level of effort to have this sort of tie will definitely give you a level of uncommon sophisication, but just be sure you aren’t wearing one when everyone else isn’t –that might get you the kind of attention you don’t want!
This style of tie is often considered to be very high-class. Still, some people choose to wear one with a collared shirt and jeans as a sort of casual fashion- piece.
(WARNING: Using this type of tie at the wrong time may cause others to view you as pretentious! Make sure this style agrees with you before you buy a full closet of them!)
Ascots originally became popular during the 1880s, when upper-middle-class European men began wearing them for formal daytime events. Today, it is most often used as a form of morning dress at weddings or other special events.
If you were about to head to an interview while reading this, I sincerely hope that it was helpful! I would encourage you to check out other styles and methods of tie-tying, as there are far too many in existence for me to include them all in this article.
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Addendum: Choosing The Tie That Fits YOU
A man’s tie should reflect his own personality and individual style. Because men’s attire tends to be very similar, a necktie is the perfect way to set yourself apart from the crowd. If you choose a tie that is unique, people will see you as such.
When choosing a tie, it’s also very important to consider the occasion. For example, if you’re going to a wedding, it’s often customary for members of the wedding party to wear a black bow-tie. But regular wedding guests can choose to wear just about any sort of tie they prefer, so long as it’s not over-the-top. If you’re going to a job interview, you may want to choose a tie with very minimal patterning on it, as you want the interviewer’s attention on you, not on your tie! Even so, wearing a humorous tie –for example, one with the Three Stooges on it– to a casual-dress office party can be fun and can act as a good conversation-starter.
Having a few different ties to choose from is always a good idea as well. It will give your personal wardrobe some variety, and will allow you to show up for work looking spiffy without having the same repetitive outfit day-in and day-out. It’s all about you, so take the time to choose some ties that work in different situations and that show your sense of style. Believe me, people will notice!
Finally, remember that some types of ties just aren’t for everyone –don’t go overboard and wear an ascot to a casual business meeting! Experiment a bit, choose the one that suits you best, and you’ll be dressed to impress!