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The How-To Lounge: How to Tie your Husband's Tie

The How-To Lounge: How to Tie your Husband's Tie

My favorite scene in Pretty Woman was when Julia Roberts was sitting on the sink and tied Richard Gere's tie before he left the hotel for a business meeting. Even though I love a man in a suit, I haven't the foggiest idea how to tie a tie, so if you're anything like me, you're going to have to click here to

  • The three most common kinds of tie knots are the Windsor knot, the 1/2 Windsor knot, and the 4 in Hand knot - the 1/2 Windsor being the most popular
  • The 1/2 Windsor knot can be used with any dress shirt and works best with a wider tie made from light to moderate fabric
  • If you are tying the tie for your boyfriend or husband, practice on yourself first, aka tie it on yourself first
  • To tie the 1/2 Windsor, stand in front of the mirror and make sure the wide part of the tie is about 12 inches below the skinny part of the tie. Simply cross the wide over the narrow and curl it around and behind the narrow part of the tie. Pull the wide end up and through the loop you just created. Bring the wide end back to the front and over the narrow end, from right to left. Take the wide end back through the loop (yes, again) from the underneath back through the knot in the front. Use both hands to tighten the knot, all the while making sure the wide part is much longer than the narrow part
  • The Windsor tie is more of a statement kind of knot that is said to project stature and confidence. This knot works best with spread collared shirts. While this knot is very similar to the 1/2 Windsor, some think it's even easier to tie
  • Again, stand in front of the mirror and make sure the wide part is 12 inches longer than the narrow part. Cross the wide over the narrow and bring the wide part through the loop between the collar and your neck, and back down. Pull the wide end underneath the narrow, to the right, and back through the loop to the right, so the wide section of the tie is essentially inside out. Bring the wide session across the front of your chest from right to left. Pull the wide end through the loop again and back down through the knot. Again, tighten until you're satisfied with the knot
  • The Four in Hand Knot is best used with a thicker tie and a standard button down dress shirt. This is considered the easiest kind of knot to tie
  • Yet again, stand in front of the mirror and make sure the wide part is 12 inches longer than the narrow part. Wrap the wide part of the tie over the narrow. Continue to bring the wide back over the front, like you are simply twisting it around a pole. Pull the wide part up through the loop around your neck. While loosely holding your finger in the front knot (to secure room for the other end of the tie), bring the wide portion of the tie though the knot, let your finger go and gently tighten the knot to meet the collar by holding onto the narrow portion of the tie

Remember that practice makes perfect and I am sure your boyfriend or husband would be happy to teach you some of his tricks if it means reenacting any scene from Pretty Woman with you!


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