Tying a tie: The only knot you need to know

by | Aug 12, 2016 | How To Do It

Did you know that there are more than 80 ways of tying a tie? That’s a lot to learn! Luckily you don’t need to know them all. You really need to know just one – the Four-In-Hand. 

Coming in general use more than a century ago the Four-In-Hand remains the most preferred and widely used knot nowadays. It’s simple to execute and its thinner frame can fit into all shirt collars without pushing them away. It’s the best way to tie a tie if you’re new to it.

How To Do It – Step By Step

First button your shirt all the way to the top and flip your collar up. Then place the tie around your neck with its front side to your right. Notice that on which side you put the front depends on your dominant hand. If you’re left-handed put it on the left.

Note: If you’re left-handed reverse the pointed directions bellow when needed.

When it comes to the length it differs based on your hight. If you’re not sure try adjusting the tail to be a foot (30 centimeters) shorter than the front.

Step One: Cross the two ends of the tie so that the front is on top of the tail. Then flip the front end from your left to right, going behind the tail.

Step Two: Now again flip the front from your right to left, this time going in front of the tail. What you really are doing is a loop around the tail.

Step Three: Bring the front end up into the collar and then down through the loop you’ve just formed.

Final Step: Hold the knot with your thumb and forefinger, while pulling the front end gently down. When you hit the length you like tighten the knot by holding the tail with one hand and sliding the knot up with the other. Adjust it so it looks good and feels comfortable.

And that’s how you do it. Tying a tie is really as simple as that. However you might not make it quite as you imagined from the first time. Give it some practice and you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

Note: Have in mind that the Four-In-Hand is a little asymmetrical at the neck, so if it’s not perfect don’t worry about it.

Now, there’s one more thing you need to take care of to achieve a better looking tie knot – the dimple. It’s something many people overlook, but you should not!

The Dimple enhances the staying power of the knot and prevent loosening. It will also add dimension and fullness to the knot, making the tie spread a little just below it, instead of just hanging lifelessly. It’s a must especially if you wear a silk tie.

Creating the Dimple When Tying a Tie


The way you do it is by following a couple of simple steps:

In the final step of making the tie knot pull the front end of the tie until it’s almost all the way down, leaving a little bit of fabric above the knot.

Then pinch the fabric with your fingers so that the sides come together and the middle part is pulled behind.

Next pull the front end down gently until it starts to tighten. You will see how the tie begins to dimple in the middle just below the knot.

Adjust the knot by pulling its bottom end up while holding the tail with your other hand. What you do is basically completing the know.

It’s okay if the dimple loses its form while you’re adjusting the knot. When you’re happy with the knot adjust the dimple so it has a nice look.

Your dimple should be visible but not pulling too much attention. The tie should spread slightly just below the knot instead of just hanging.

There it is, with no effort at all we added a nice touch to the tie. It might not seem as much but will make good impression to anyone who knows how to wear a suit.

Note: It’s important to fold the knot with a dimple the first time you tie a tie after buying it, so the dimple memory of the fabric can assist you the next time.


Tying a tie? Not a problem!

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