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What Knot to Forget: The Secret to the Tie Knot

Even the snazziest tie is only as good as the knot it’s tied with, which is why you’d better have a couple good knots at your disposal if you want to make a great impression. We’ll walk you through a couple of clutch tie knots and list a few knots you ought to forget.
 
The Half-Windsor. It’s the most legendary of all tie knots. The Half-Windsor is a knot that every guy should know. To tie it:
 

  • Begin with the wide end to your right and the small end to your left, resting about 1-3 inches above your belly button.

  • Move the wide end to the left over the small end. Then move the wide end under the small end to the right.

  • Move the wide end through the main neck loop and toward the left.

  • Then move the wide end across the front and to the right.

  • Next, move the wide end through the neck loop from underneath and back down through the knot. From there, tighten it up by pulling on the wide end, slide up the knot, and you’re done.

 
The Oriental Knot. It’s simple, classic, and you don’t have to handle your tie very much.  How to tie it: 
 

  • Start with the wide end on the right and the small end on your left, 1-3 inches above your belly button, with the backside of the tie facing up.

  • Move the wide end under the small end to the left, then back over the front and to the right.

  • Take the wide end underneath the small end and up through the main neck loop, then through the knot.

  • Tighten the knot, slide it up, and you’re good to go.

 
What knots to forget
If you want to keep your outfit looking sharp as a tack, steer clear of these knots:
 
The Eldredge. This knot doesn’t just look weird, but it’s a great way to make yourself late for work with all those extra loops and turns.
 
The Trinity. This bulky three-way knot takes the attention away from the subtleties of a great tie.
 
The Kelvin. It’s like the standard simple knot, only more off-center.  The Kelvin seems like a nice alternative to the Oriental Knot, but it’s somewhat sloppy looking. 

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