These days it’s all about looking dapper. But instead of looking like everyone else, apparel website ShirtsMyWay has created a comprehensive tutorial that shows you how to tie a necktie.
I’ve picked ten interesting styles that will look elegant with most styles, but you can find 30 different ways on ShirtsMyWay’s site. Take your pick from fancy styles and useful charts that rate the aesthetics, symmetry, difficulty and knot size. For each style there is a video tutorial to show you how it’s done.
With this useful list, you have no excuse to leave the house without looking like a gentleman. Check out creative ways to tie a necktie below:
THE GRANTCHESTER KNOT
This is a large, thick, slightly asymmetrical knot. The key to wearing this knot is to stick with silk or other lightweight materials, since wool or knits tend to look uncomfortably bulky.
THE VAN WIJK KNOT
When tied correctly, this long and slender knot creates a striking and unmistakable layered cylindrical effect. A very cool knot that works best with light colours, it’s best suited for narrow collared shirts and paired with a vest.
THE ELDREDGE KNOT
There is no doubt that this knot is one of a kind. As opposed to the vast majority of tie knots, this one is produced by using the small end as the active end, creating a tapered fishtail braid-like effect.
THE ELLIE KNOT
It’s a simplified variant of the Eldredge Knot, but easier to tie and consumes less fabric, leaving a tail that allows it to be tightened or loosened like a normal windsor. It works best with semi-wide collar openings.
THE MEROVINGIAN KNOT
Originally known as the Ediety Knot, if you’re a big fan of The Matrix, you’ll recognize this knot sported by the merovingian. This knot is very special. It looks like your tie is actually wearing a little miniature tie.
THE TRINITY KNOT
This knot has a three-way symmetry and resembles the Celtic Triquetra. The pattern converges at a centre point, producing a very eye-catching effect.
THE TRUELOVE KNOT
A sophisticated and complex knot, it’s divided into four quadrants. Very difficult to tie, it’s a knot that will take you some considerable practice. Consider using a striped tie to create a pinwheel effect.
THE LINWOOD TAURUS KNOT
Use it to make a statement. An extraordinary work of symmetrical art, this knot’s bull-like appearance works well for casual occasions only. It’s recommended for paisley or solid ties and wide collar shirts.
THE KRASNY HOURGLASS KNOT
This is made up of the Four-in-Hand Knot with an additional knot tied using the small end right beneath the main knot, creating the hourglass look. It’s impossible to adjust after being tied, so you need to get it right the first time. You’ll achieve a great effect using striped ties.
THE FISHBONE KNOT
This awesome work of artistry is shaped in the form of a fishbone, hence the name. It’s a remarkable formal knot that is increasingly gaining respect. While somewhat challenging to tie, it’s definitely worth the effort, because it never fails to make the ultimate impression.
These are just the ten unique ways to tie a necktie. For the full 30 ways, visit the site here for their instructions and step-by-step videos.
Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.