Menswear doesn’t embody so much range but we do have a few staples such as the neck tie. It’s evolved over centuries. Thus, here's how you can knot a tie in five modern ways.
International Necktie Day is celebrated on October 18 in Croatia and in various cities all over the world. Now, here are five modern ways on how to knot your tie, ranging from formal to casual:
This is a unique kind of knot. Unlike the vast majority of tie knots, this one is created by using the small end as the active end, producing a tapered fishtail braid-like effect. It's a very glamorous knot that is sure to impress your boss. "Video tutorial: How to knot your tie in an Eldredge knot"
2.) The Truelove knot:
A classy complex knot that is divided into four quadrants. This is a very challenging knot to tie that will take a great amount of practice. Try a striped tie for a pinwheel effect. This knot isn't for small boys, it's for lady killers. "Video tutorial: How to knot your tie in a Truelove knot"
3.) The Windsor knot:
An awesome necktie knot that is great for business scenarios. The Windsor Knot is a thick, wide and triangular tie knot that embodies confidence. It is especially meant for the spread or cutaway collar. "Video tutorial: How to knot your tie in a Windsor knot"
4.) The Fishbone knot:
This spectacular work of tie artistry is likened to the form of a fishbone, hence the name. It's a remarkable formal knot that is gradually gaining respect. While sort of difficult to tie, it's definitely worth the trouble, because it always makes the ultimate impression. "Video tutorial: How to knot your tie in a Fishbone knot"
5.) The rose knot:
This is for the romantic type. Check out this passionate necktie knot shaped like a rose. It bares resemblances with the Trinity Knot, but is tied with an extra loop. This knot is perfect for Valentine day. "Video tutorial: How to knot your tie in a rose knot"
The neck tie has been around for centuries and has changed since it was first intorduced. Now, it is in various cuts, textures and colors. Before we get into the ways to knot a tie, here is a little history about the neck tie.
Most sartorialists agree that the necktie traces back to the 17th century, during the 30 year war in France (1618-1648). King Louis XIII employed Croatian mercenaries from the Croatian Military Frontier and they wore a piece of cloth around their neck as part of their uniform.
While these early neckties were used for tying the top of their jackets, they also had quite a decorative effect, which King Louis was quite fond of.
In fact, he liked it so much that he made these ties a required accessory for Royal gatherings. Also, to honor the Croatian soldiers, in addition to the slight difference between the Croatian word for Croats, Hrvati, and the French word, Croates, the garment adopted the name "cravat" ("cravate" in French), which is the name for necktie in French to this day.
The boy-king Louis XIV started wearing a lace cravat in 1646, when he was seven, and set the fashion for French aristocrats. This new item of clothing began a fashion craze in Europe; both men and women wore pieces of fabric around their necks.
From its inception thanks to the French king, men put on lace cravats, or jabots, that took a lot of time and effort to put together. These cravats were mostly tied in place by cravat strings, arranged nicely and tied in a bow.
Try out any of these tie knots and if you need some more visual aid, there are tons of videos online (YouTube) where you can find how to tie these knots. Which is your favorite? Vote below.