A vital part of being a gentleman is to have the basic knowledge of tying a necktie. It is an indication that the lad has finally turned into a man, comparable to a transitional ritual to adulthood. However, this may sound a bit absurd but not all guys have the privilege to be taught with this information. So does that mean that some men were not actually gentlemen because they haven’t experienced the rite? Well, sadly, in my book —yes! But it is never too late to take hold of such knowledge because this article explores the basics of tie knots every modern man should know, and hopefully this will help every man to become a stylish gentleman in all senses. Six different ways to tie a necktie are tackled and presented with videos, from the simplest method to the rarest forms that this modern world has to offer.
This is also known as the “simple knot”, the easiest knot to master because it is already crooked. In the world of knots, it is harder to make it look bad. This type of knot is best with occasions that aren’t too dressy and work perfectly with medium-width and skinny ties.
Half Windsor Knot
This is a symmetrical knot and one of the commonly used knots in tying a tie. This is a modest version of the windsor knot and works best with wider neckties made from light to medium fabrics.
Full Windsor Knot
This is the most common knot to be used in formal occasions, and fairly enormous in terms of width. This looks like a half-windsor the only difference is the size. This type of knot requires a necktie which is about a foot longer than the usual.
This is one of the rarest knots but gain popularity in the modern fashion. It is an attention grabber and requires a lot of practice to master. It symmetrical type of knot and resembles a braid. Suitable for all sorts of neckties and can be worn in any occasions.
This is another rare knot and gained popularity since the infamous Keanu Reeves movie called “The Matrix”. It is a stylish way to tie a necktie in a refine and symmetrical manner. This knot requires attention to details and be an ice-breaker or a conversation starter to any parties.
This is also popularly known as the Shelby knot, it is described as tidy and fairly wide but not as wide as the Full Windsor. This type of knot is great for all occasions but often been use in modern weddings. It is suited for wider neckties made from light to medium fabrics.