Okay, seeing that I’ve written so many recently, this’ll be the last necktie article for a while.

Today, I thought I’d take the opportunity to reiterate a few basic pointers for getting your knots tied just right.

Don’t forget to check out the other articles I’ve written on ties for more help in getting that perfect four-in-hand.

  • Command the knot. The easiest way to ruin any look is to lose your control of the material; don’t let that Windsor grow wild – stay in charge.
  • Throw out the synthetics. Good quality fabrics form knots much easier than those with an inferior build; junk the polyester and cheap nylon – buy easy threading materials like silk instead.
  • Not too loose, not too tight. This is the tricky bit; you need to use enough force so the knot sits firmly, but not so much that you’re unable to breathe. It’s kinda’ like drilling – keep going until you start to feel resistance, then slow down to a halt.
  • Slow, but steady. It’s a cliché I know, but my number one tip is to simply take your time. Spend a few minutes getting the perfect dimple and you won’t regret it.

For more advice, why not check out this great piece written by the folks over at Kinowear – How to tie a tie: The pursuit of the perfect knot.

About The Author

Johnathan Bell is the founder, owner and main author of Guy Style Guide, a website dedicated to everyday male fashion, style and grooming. The primary mission? To guide clueless men through the tricky mindfield that is the growing world of male couture. Find him on , Twitter and Tumblr.

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