How to tie a tie


Learn how to tie the popular four-in-hand necktie knot from GQ's style correspondent, Brett Fahlgren.

How to tie a tie Brett's instructions for tying a tie (four-in-hand knot):
  1. Drape the tie around your neck so the wide end is about twice as long as the narrow end.
  2. Cross the wide end over the narrow end.
  3. Wrap the wide end around the back of the narrow end and bring it around to the front. At this point, you will see that the four-in-hand knot is starting to take shape.
  4. Bring the wide end up through the loop under your neck.
  5. Feed it through the knot. Take your time to make adjustments, as needed.
  6. Hold the narrow end and slide the knot up to your collar.

JENNIFER: Hi I'm Jennifer Morris for howdini and here's a skill I'm sure a lot of you wish you had: how to tie a tie. I have no idea how to do that, but luckily today we have with us Brett Fahlgren. He is the style correspondent for GQ magazine and he's going to teach us how to tie a tie. Now there are a couple different kinds of ties.

BRETT: There are over a dozen different ways to tie a tie knot. But I'm going to show you one of the most popular knots which is the four in hand and it's used quite frequently because it's a moderately sized tie knot and it's also quite easy to tie.

JENNIFER: And that's sort of the traditional knot we're used to seeing. The four in hand.

BRETT: Exactly. The four in hand.

JENNIFER: Well let's go to it. What do you do first?

BRETT: Well the first place to start is to just drap the tie around your neck, and then you want to get the right size so that the wider end is about halfway further past the narrow end. Okay so that's the place to start.

JENNIFER: You want to add a little mini tie.

BRETT: You want to add a little mini tie. Exactly and you might have to try it a few different times because different ties have different lengths. So you're never going to get it on the first try normally. The first step in tying a four in hand knot is simply to put the tie around your neck and to figure out the right length, about halfway or possibly a little less for the narrow end compared to the longer end. You take the wide end of the tie and the first step is to bring it around, like that. Then you simply bring it towards the front, you wrap it around and now you can see that the four in hand knot is starting to take shape. The final step is to bring the wide end up through the loop created in your neck and put it right back down.

JENNIFER: Drumroll please.

BRETT: Drumroll.

JENNIFER: Oh there we go.

BRETT: With the knot that you've created and you want to feed it through, taking your time to make adjustments until you get the right tie. Now holding on to the narrow end--

JENNIFER: The mini tie.

BRETT: You simply adjust, bring it right up--to your neck.

JENNIFER: And then I can come around...fix your collar.

BRETT: And you can help me since I don't have a mirror. It can be difficult without a mirror.

JENNIFER: But that's how good you are you don't need a mirror. There you go. Excellent.

BRETT: And that's the four in hand knot.

JENNIFER: And now you at home know how to tie a four in hand knot. Thank you Brett Fahlgren. Again he is the style correspondent for GQ magazine and I'm Jennifer Morris for howdini.


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  • Brett Fahlgren

    Brett Fahlgren Style Correspondent, GQ Magazine With a resume that includes tenures at Prada and Calvin Klein, Brett Fahlgren helps guide men's fashion choices through comprehensive style tips and one-on-one personal shopping consultations. Brett's connections with top menswear designers and fashion editors make him a go-to resource among celebrities and professional athletes. In addition to his role as GQ's Style Correspondent, Brett has also hosted and produced GQ's Milan Fashion Report, interviewing top menswear designers including Miuccia more about this expert »

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