How to Tie a Tie

"A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life." -Oscar Wilde
Total time: 1 minute 

A tie might be the only part of a man's formal wardrobe that allows him to express himself with a little color. A tie can make or break a look. And love them or hate them, you have to know how to tie them! (And no, no more clip-ons please!)

I had to learn to tie a tie before the days of the internet guide. Lucky for you, you don't have to struggle like I did! It can be as easy as making a boiled egg.

Behold the classic Half Windsor Knot. The simplest and best guide on how to tie a tie.

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Man Holding Each Side of a Tie

After draping the tie over your collar, adjust the tie pieces on each side so that the smaller piece sits about 1 inch above your belly button.

Grasp each piece of the tie with your index finger, middle finger, and thumb.

Man Crossing Pieces of Tie

Take each tie piece with the opposite-side hand and cross it over, so that the tie crosses a few inches below the collar neck-line.

Man Tying a Tie Wrapping Pieces

Pinch together the two pieces where they cross with one hand.

With the other hand, tuck the large tie piece behind the small piece so that it begins to wrap around the small piece.

Man Wrapping Tie Pieces

Finish wrapping the large piece over the small piece, re-pinching the tie to include the large piece.

Man Finishing Tying His Tie

Here's the trickiest part: - Keep the tie pinched during this step; - Continue wrapping the large tie piece up and through the neck loop (as shown); - When pushed through completely and fallen, the front of the tie should face away from you.

Man Pushing Tie Through Knot

You can loosen your grip some on the pinched knot.

Keeping the tie facing forward, grab and push the tip of the tie down through the knot. Be sure the tie goes down in front of the hanging smaller piece but behind the front of the knot.

Man Pulling Tie Through Knot

Pull the tie down completely through the knot.

Adjust the tie by moving it around your collar as you pull on the large piece of the tie to tighten the knot.

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And you're all set and hopefully looking sharp!

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