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How to Tie a Necktie

The Steps to the Windsor

Don't feel stupid... it's hard!

Really: tying a tie seems easy, but once it's around your neck and you have to tie it, it's pretty tricky.

There are four main types of tie tying: the Windsor Knot, the Half-Windsor, the Four-in-Hand Knot, and the Pratt Knot. The Windsor is the most common, and that's the type this article will help you learn how to tie (with help from

  1. Put the tie around your neck, so both ends are hanging down. The wide end should go past the narrow end about 12 inches.
  2. Cross the wide end over the narrow end.
  3. Pull the wide end up through the loop between the collar and your tie, then back down.
  4. Pull the wide end underneath the narrow end and to the right, back through the loop and to the right again so that the wide end is inside out.
  5. Bring the wide end across the front from right to left.
  6. Pull the wide end up through the loop again.
  7. Bring the wide end down through the knot in front.
  8. Using both hands, tighten the knot carefully and draw it up to the collar.

There you have it! Try looking at different resources if you still don't get it, or have an expert show you in person!

History of Neckties

The origins of neckties date back about 2,000 years ago, all the way to the Quinn Dynasty when Shih Huang Ti’s Terracotta Warriors wore silk cords around their necks to signify their elite status.

Roman orators would use ties for the practical reason of warming their necks. During the Thirty Years War, France recruited Croatian mercenaries who wore colorful kerchiefs around their necks, which were what would later be called Cravats by the French. Following the trend of the French soldiers, the style was even taken up by the court of King Louis XIV, who even appointed a tie maker to the King who would prepare and manage the King's ties. By the mid-17th century, ties had spread across Europe.

In 1924, Jesse Langsdorf patented the modern tie. His experience as a tailor led him to discover that if the fabric were cut at a 45-degree angle, it would have an inherent elasticity and a more appealing drape. The result was a more aesthetically pleasing tie and a more durable and long-lasting tie. His patent is the template for manufacturers worldwide.

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Eddy2106 from Chicago Suburb, IL on June 13, 2010:

Thanks now i'm ready for the wedding in two days.