Most men spend a lifetime sticking to the casual Half-Windsor or the princely Balthus tie knot they learned as boys, without ever daring to experiment with something new. There's nothing wrong with that – a well-tied knot is never a faux pas – but, as with haircuts and glasses, changing knots often reveals a style that may better suit your look. Tie knots are a wonderful way to tinker with an outfit, creating something a bit punchier out of your older cravats. And a standout knot will always inspire awe because fanciful folding looks way harder than it actually is.
Here are 10 classic knots that are a cinch to master (and even easier to pull off).
The key to wearing larger tie knots like the Grantchester is to stick with silk or other lightweight materials, since wool or knits tend to look uncomfortably bulky. Another upside of this larger knot? If you're a shorter guy or if your tie is a little too long, its multiple layers are a great way to use up some extra fabric length.
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- Begin with the wide end on your right side and the narrow end about 12 inches shorter on your left side. Start with the tie inside out so the back seam faces outwards from your neck.
- Cross the narrow end over the wide end, and bring the wide end over the top of the narrow end to your right.
- Take the wide end behind the narrow end to your left, and back over the top of the narrow end back over to your right.
- Bring the wide end under the narrow part and up through the loop around your neck.
- Lower the wide end over to your left side. Bring it under the knot back over to your right side.
- Go over the knot once more, bringing the wide end back over the left side, then pull the length of the tie up through the loop.
- Finish by bringing the wide end down through the front of the knot. Adjust for desired tightness.