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30 Different Ways To Tie A Tie That Every Man Should Know

Peter Crawfurd and Michael Yang

Here is a list of many different ways to tie a tie, for every and any occasion, many of which you probably never knew existed. We’ve gathered 30 of the best tie knots ever created by mankind to give you just the edge you need to look your best at all times.

Each tie knot has been judged on four different factors: aesthetics, symmetry, difficulty, and knot size. You can make a statement with these knots any day of the week or simply use them to look elegant and stylish during those special events where you really need to stand out. Either way, you’ll practically be a forefather of men’s fashion no matter which style you choose.




THE ELDREDGE KNOT

There is no doubt that this knot is one of a kind. As opposed to the vast majority of tie knots, this one is produced by using the small end as the active end, creating a tapered fishtail braid-like effect. It's a very fancy knot that will leave a great impression on your boss.


THE TRINITY KNOT

This beautiful knot has a three-way symmetry and resembles the Celtic Triquetra. The pattern converges at a center point, producing a very eye-catching effect. It might seem a bit intimidating at first glance, but the moves are actually fairly simple.


THE VAN WIJK KNOT

An augmentation of the Prince Albert, adding a third turning of the active end. When tied correctly, this long and slender knot creates a striking and unmistakable layered cylindrical effect. A very cool knot that works best with light colors. It’s best suited for narrow collared shirts and paired with a vest.







THE FISHBONE KNOT

This awesome work of tie artistry is shaped in the form of a fishbone, hence the name. It's a remarkable formal knot that is increasingly gaining respect. While somewhat challenging to tie, it's definitely worth the effort, because it never fails to make the ultimate impression.


THE ROSE KNOT

Looking to get in touch with your romantic side? Check out this amorous necktie knot crafted in the shape of a rose. It shares similarities with the Trinity Knot, but is tied with an extra loop. This knot is sure to be a hit on V-Day.


THE ELLIE KNOT

It's a simplified variant of the Eldredge Knot, but easier to tie and consumes less fabric, leaving a tail that allows it to be tightened or loosened like a normal windsor. It works best with semi-wide collar openings.


THE TRUELOVE KNOT

A sophisticated complex knot that is divided into four quadrants. This is a very difficult knot to tie that will take considerable practice. Consider a striped tie for a pinwheel effect. This knot isn't for little boys, it's for lady killers.


THE BOUTONNIERE KNOT

This knot is characterized by its long loops, making it good for wide collar openings. The moves are very similar to that of the Fishbone Knot, but it has a somewhat cleaner finish when tucked under the collar. Use it semi-formally.


THE KRASNY HOURGLASS KNOT

This is made up of the Four-in-Hand Knot with an additional knot tied using the small end right beneath the main knot, creating the hourglass look. It’s impossible to adjust after being tied, so you need to get it right the first time. You'll achieve a great effect using striped ties.


THE MEROVINGIAN KNOT

Originally known as the Ediety Knot, if you're a big fan of The Matrix, you'll recognize this knot sported by the merovingian. This knot is very special. It looks like your tie is actually wearing a little miniature tie.


THE ATLANTIC KNOT

This is quite an unusual knot. It's a reversed version of the Pratt Knot, resulting in an inside-out knot that shows the intricate tie knot structure that's usually hidden on the back. It’s recommended for festivities or informal social events.


THE CAPE KNOT

The Cape Knot is a fundamental improvement on the quick and easy Atlantic Knot, which has greatly improved its symmetry and aesthetic value. This loosened-up knot works best with mono-colored ties and never passes unnoticed.


THE CAPSULE KNOT

The Capsule Knot is very similar to the Atlantic Knot and the Cape Knot, but is slightly larger in size and more difficult to tie. This fun tie knot is meant to be worn informally and with semi-wide collar openings.


THE GRANTCHESTER KNOT

The Grantchester Knot is a large, thick, slightly asymmetrical tie knot. It's basically a larger version of the St. Andrew Knot, by an additional turning of the narrow end. The key to wearing this knot is to stick with silk or other lightweight materials, since wool or knits tend to look uncomfortably bulky.


THE LINWOOD TAURUS KNOT

Use it to make a statement. An extraordinary work of symmetrical art, this knot's bull-like appearance works well for casual occasions only. It's recommended for paisley or solid ties and wide collar shirts.


THE WINDSOR KNOT

A fabulous necktie knot that is ideal for business scenarios. The Windsor Knot is a thick, wide and triangular tie knot that projects confidence. It is especially suited for the spread or cutaway collar.


THE HALF-WINDSOR KNOT

This is a modest version of the Full Windsor Knot. When tied correctly, it produces a neat symmetrical triangular knot that you can use with any dress shirt. It's extremely versatile: appropriate for work or play.


THE NICKY KNOT

A great alternative to the Pratt Knot that requires fewer moves, producing a symmetrical knot that will fill the semi-spread collar, if tied properly. It looks great with wool ties, without causing too much bulk.


THE PLATTSBURGH KNOT

In contrast to the St. Andrew Knot, it produces a symmetric knot characterized by a broad cone with a narrow opening. A very sophisticated knot that's perfect for business or work. For best results, we very much recommend wearing it with a knitted or woven ties.


THE BALTHUS KNOT

A terrific knot that should be worn at weddings or formal events. It works best with a paisley tie, a wide collar shirt, and a nice-looking vest. It's also recommended that you use a long necktie, because this knot consumes a lot of fabric.


THE ONASSIS KNOT

The Onassis Knot is deceptively simple: at the end of a standard Windsor Knot, you simply loop the wide end of the tie behind and over the existing knot. Use with semi-wide or wide collar openings and long ties.


THE PRATT KNOT

The Pratt Knot is versatile, elegant, and of a medium size. It's indeed well suited for any dress shirt and somewhat wider neckties made from light to medium fabrics. You can’t go wrong with this elegant knot for formal meetings, as it looks very neat.


THE FOUR-IN-HAND KNOT

This is an easy to tie, slender, tapered, asymmetrical, self-releasing knot. It's best suited for the standard button-down dress shirt and works best with wide neckties made from heavy fabrics. Use for semi-formal events, when you want to be discreet.


THE HANOVER KNOT

The Hanover Knot will make an elegant gentleman out of you. It's large and symmetrical, best suited for wide collar openings. This knot works best with long and thin neckties, due to its large knot. Use dark tie colors for a better look.


THE CHRISTENSEN KNOT

This is a long, narrow, asymmetric knot that is perfect for shirts with narrow collar openings. It's formal with a bit of an edge. It goes well with any tie pattern, and is versatile enough for both formal and social.


THE PERSIAN KNOT

An alternative to the Windsor Knot that looks just as good. It's a large, handsome, triangular knot that's best used on thin neckties and paired with narrow or semi-wide collar openings. Great for work or play.


THE CAVENDISH KNOT

If you like the asymmetric look of the Half Windsor, but want it slightly bigger and longer, then this is the perfect choice for you. It's appropriate for work or formal. A narrow collar opening is ideal for this knot.


THE ERIC GLENNIE BRAIDED KNOT

A very interesting and unusual knot that's asymmetrical and irregular. Use for semi-formal activities, not sure if it's entirely ready for formal or work. This knot goes well with striped or knitted-patterened ties.


THE FOUR RINGS KNOT

Definitely, a unique tie knot! It's meant to be tied loosely, producing a puffy knot comprised of four rings. This knot is best suited for a solid colored tie made of silk; recommended for parties or a casual weekend.


THE DIAGONAL KNOT

This is a highly asymmetrical and unusual knot that's best served for evening occasions. It goes well with a tie made of light fabric, in a solid color, and with a subtle pattern, so as not to make the knot look overly confusing while still giving it some additional details.







 

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