Tie the right tie knot for your collar (and how)

When I was 5 years old, I learned how to tie a tie. The knot commonly taught to children is called the “four-in-hand”, probably the simplest of knots, and that’s the one I learned. Of course, I wasn’t an immediate expert. I was not a paragon of hand-eye coordination, back then.

I tied it almost every day for the next thirteen years, and happily stopped as soon as I left high school.1

Recently, however, I’ve been getting back into the game. There are a lot of knots I never took the time to learn, and it turns out that different ones suit different kinds of collar. Now that I’m a big grownup man and I actually have different kinds of collar, I supposed I’d better look into it.

Surprisingly, the resources available on this subject are jumbled and difficult to understand. Eventually I found this article, which explains the different kinds of collar and the knots that go with them. I also found this fantastic set of videos from Brooks Brothers which explains how to tie them.

Now all I need to do is get up 20 minutes earlier every morning and I’ll be sporting these knots in no time.

  1. NB for Americans: in Britain, you don’t graduate from school, you just stop going when you’re old enough.