The Pratt
Credit: Photograph by Huckleberry McQueen

Although it is similarly symmetrical to the Windsor, the Pratt (a.k.a. the Shelby, or even the Shell) is tied using minimal length in the knot. That means you can get the most out of your tie's length, a godsend for shorter ties (and taller men). Another unique feature of the Pratt is that it is tied with the tie's back seam facing out; that is, the final product leaves the front side of the tie's narrow end facing towards your shirt. Besides being a stylistic departure, it's a sneaky way to get a few extra wears out of a stained tie.


  1. Start with the tie inside out so the back seam faces outward. Bring it around your neck so that the wide end is on your right side, about 12 inches longer than the narrow end.
  2. Cross the wide end behind the narrow end.
  3. Loop the wide end over and then back behind the narrow end again.
  4. Take the wide end over to your right and pull it up behind the loop.
  5. Bring the wide end down through the knot. Adjust for desired tightness.