How to Tie a Man's Tie in the European Style

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In Europe, many of the same knots for neckties are used for ties, such as the Windsor and the four-in-hand knot. However, there is one way to knot a tie that is used in Europe more than the United States. This knot is called the double knot, or the Prince Albert. This knot is larger than many other tie knots and is famous in Italy and the United Kingdom. The knot is of medium difficulty and it best for lightweight fabrics such as silk. Because of the bulk of the knot, it is ideal for longer ties, or for shorter men who always find that their ties are too long.

  • Place the tie around your neck with the skinny end on the left side and the wide end on the right side. Adjust the length so the wide end rests about 8 inches beyond the end of the skinny side.

  • Wrap the wide end of the tie around the skinny end twice.

  • Wrap the wide end around the skinny end one more time. This time, when you reach the collar, bring the end up under the neck loop of the tie.

  • Bring the wide end of the tie down through the third loop in the tie. Adjust the placement of the loops so everything lies flat.

  • Pull the wide end of the tie and pull it tight to bring the knot up to your neck. Adjust the folds as necessary to get the tie to make a neat triangular shape and stay neat and smooth. You may have to pull the skinny end some as well to adjust the fit of the tie.

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