How to Tie a Necktie on Someone Else – 5 Types of Knots (Watch Videos)

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Wondering how to tie a necktie on someone else?  If so, you’ve come to the right place. This article gives you step-by-step instructions (with videos) about how to tie a tie on someone else.  Whether its for your son, husband, father or whoever needs assistance – when you tie a necktie on another person the steps are a bit reversed!  But don’t fret, just pick which style of knot you prefer and follow the instructions below.

Wearing a necktie is important for many major life events – weddings, funerals, formal parties and celebrations, etc. However, some men don’t know the proper way to make a knot tie, or they might need a little help actually getting the knot completed. Fortunately, there are tie knots for all different body types.

The way a tie’s knot looks speaks to one’s attention to detail and the image they portray. If you look at almost every President, they tie the popular Full Windsor Knot. If you’re going for a less causal look the Four-in-Hand Knot or Half Windsor Knot would be your knot choice.  Want something just quick and easy? Try the Simple Oriental Knot.

Without further ado, here are 5 different ways to tie a neck tie for someone else, starting with the quickest and most simple.

1. The Simple Oriental Knot

  1. Drape the tie around your collar with the seam facing inward and the thick end on your left, two or three inches lower than your desired finishing position.
  2. Bring the thick end horizontally across the front of the narrow end, and then pass it back horizontally behind the narrow end.
  3. Pass the thick end again across the front of the knot from left to right.
  4. Now pass the thick end again behind the knot horizontally from right to left.
  5. Pass the thick end AGAIN across the front of the knot from left to right. Slip a finger under this third horizontal loop.
  6. Bring the tip of the thick end up underneath the loop around your collar and feed it up behind the knot, down over the front of the knot and through that third horizontal loop.
  7. Pull the thick end through the horizontal loop and snug it down.
  8. Adjust the tie by holding the knot in one hand and pulling gently on the narrow end with the other.

Best Used For: beginners

2. Four In Hand Knot

  1. Loop the tie around your collar. Thick end on the left, 3-4 inches lower than the thin end.
  2. Cross the thick end in front of the thin end.
  3. Wrap the thick end around behind the thin end and cross horizontally from right to left.
  4. Bring the thick end horizontally across the front of the knot from right to left. Slip a finger beneath this horizontal band.
  5. Turn the tip of the thick end upward and in, sliding it beneath the loop around your neck.
  6. Feed the thick end down through the loop you’ve held open with your finger.
  7. Pull the thick end all the way through the loop and snug the knot down tightly.
  8. Tighten the knot by holding it gently in one hand and tugging on the thin end with the other.

Best Used For: Beginners, Tall men, Narrow-spread collar shirts

3. Half Windsor Knot

  1. Drape the necktie around your collar with the wide end on your right hanging down to your thigh and the thin end on the left at about your rib cage.
  2. Cross the wide end in front of the thin end from right to left, making an X-shape below your chin.
  3. Loop the wide end of the tie horizontally around and behind the thin end.
  4. Take the wide end over from the top and through the opening of the X and pull tight.
  5. Hold the wide end with your right hand and wrap it in front over the thin end, from your right to your left.
  6. Keeping the triangle intact with your left hand, bring the wide end towards your chest and from behind the loop, pass it over the X.
  7. Using the index finger of your left hand, open up the triangle that has now formed over the X and pull the wide end all the way through.
  8. To adjust the length, pull the knot up towards your collar while pulling the thin end of the tie down. You may need to adjust the horizontal loop to make sure it’s flat and even.

Best Used For: Beginners, Thick Ties, Big & Tall Guys

4. Full Windsor Knot (or Double Windsor Knot)

  1. Drape the necktie around your collar with the wide end on the right hanging 4-6 inches lower than your waistband.
  2. Cross the wide end horizontally in front of the slim end, making an X-shape just below your chin.
  3. Tuck the wide end up and beneath the loop around your neck, coming out point-upward behind the X. Use one finger to hold the X in place.
  4. Pull the wide end all the way down.
  5. Bring the wide end around behind the knot and pass it horizontally from right to left.
  6. Flip the wide end tip upward and tug it diagonally across the front of the knot.
  7. Loop the wide end over the top of the loop around your collar and bring it back down. It should emerge on the left of the thin end.
  8. Bring the wide end horizontally across the front of the knot, from left to right. This forms a horizontal band. Tuck a finger through it and hold it in place.
  9. Bring the wide end underneath the loop one more time, around the collar with the tip aiming upward.
  10. Turn the wide end downward and slide the tip through the horizontal loop you saved with your finger in step 8.
  11. Pull the wide end all the way down and smooth out any creases or slack in the knot.

Best Used For: Wide-spread collars, Guys with thick necks

* Additional tie length is required for the Windsor knot because of the two wrappings. Tall men with a larger neck size will need a tie that measures between 61 – 64 inches.

5. The Nicky Knot

  1. Drape the necktie around your collar with the seam outward and the thick end on your left, about two inches lower than you want the finished position.
  2. Cross the thick end underneath the thin end, making an X-shape below your chin.
  3. Flip the thick end up in front of the loop around your collar, then tuck it down through the loop, emerging to the left of the thin end.
  4. Bring the tip of the thick end horizontally across the front of the knot. Slip a finger underneath the horizontal band you’ve just created across the front of the knot.
  5. Bring the tip of the thick end up and underneath the loop around your collar.
  6. Tuck the tip of the thick end down through the horizontal loop you created in Step 4.
  7. Pull the thick end all the way through the horizontal loop and snug it down.
  8. Adjust the knot as needed by holding it with one hand and pulling on the narrow end of the tie with the other.

Best Used For: works well with wider collars, also good for shorter neck ties

Erin @ Wardrobe Hackers

Erin @ Wardrobe Hackers

Content Creator for Wardrobe Hackers

Erin is a fashion enthusiast, all-around craftsy girl, marketer, and devoted mom. She’s been with Wardrobe Hackers since day 1, as the author and “star” of our very first blog post and Youtube video. Before joining Wardrobe Hackers, Erin had her own custom wreath-making business (Front Door Décor) and prior to that, she managed key accounts with Enterprise. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, two young girls and a beagle that sheds (a lot!).

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