One challenge a man faces as he grows up is tying a tie. A well-tied tie not only looks good, but also shows that you are a highly organised and proper man. The following instructions describe how to tie the Windsor knot.
- Drape the tie around your neck so that the wide end is on the right. Align it so the narrow end is shorter than the broad end.
- Cross the wide end over the front of the narrow end.
- Fold it behind the narrow end then push it up the hole (between the tie and your neck).
- Bring the wide end down (over the loop), then around the back of the narrow end.
- Tighten the loop made. This will make the right side of the triangle at the end.
- Fold the wide end over and around the loop.
- Pull tight as you did in step 5. This is the left side of the triangle.
- Cross the wide end over the front of the triangle, under the loop, up the hole.
- Feed the broad end through the knot you made in front of the triangle. Pull down and tighten.
- Shape the knot into a symmetrical triangle as you tighten it. Now tighten the loop comfortably around your collar.
If the tie is too short or too long, repeat by adjusting how much narrow end you left at step 1. Practising these steps a few times will soon make you a master of ties – an essential skill for all suit-wearing gentlemen.