We men have a habit of, well, following habits. And using tie knots is certainly no exception.
Most of us probably use the same boring tie knot all our lives. And perhaps that’s the reason we are called boring. We are also often accused of not involving ourselves with any kind of experimentation, especially when it comes to fashion or style.
Well, guess what, that all changes today. We may or may not like experimentation much, but we are certainly not boring. And perhaps the reason we are not seen sporting any of those fancy tie knots out there is that we don’t even know they exist! The few of us that do cannot be bothered to figure out how to use them all on our own.
So here we are, working hard on this “complete” guide that will teach you how to tie different knots as well as give you an overview of the many different fancy tie knot types out there, that you can use to easily steal the show at those super special events.
We are dividing this guide into two parts so that you find it easy to “absorb” all the information. We will be covering some of the more common fancy tie knots in this part though, and leave some of the less common but more unique ones for the second part. So unless you’re fine with cutting corners with your new found fashion tool that allows you to make a statement irrespective of the event you’re gearing up for, you would certainly also want to check out the second part that you can find right here.
The Eldredge Knot
This one of a kind knot is probably your best bet when it comes to standing out at a formal event. As against most other types of fancy tie knots, this one requires using the small end as the main element, or the active end of the knot, producing a tapered effect with the braid-like knot getting smaller and smaller as you go lower.
While it may not be the perfect option for an event like a wedding, it’s absolutely fit for using at work. And to your surprise, your boss would probably be very impressed with it, too!
The Van Wijk Knot
Believed to be a symbol of the legacy of Prince Albert, you turn active end thrice to form a kind of circular layer to make this knot. If you manage to get it right, it would look like something respectfully funky, which is kind of rare when it comes to anything that’s so out of the ordinary.
In other words, it would be just striking enough to get you some attention, but not raise eyebrows. For best results, use it on light colors, especially when wearing a narrow collared shirt that’s complemented with a vest. It would look very cool that way.
The Ellie Knot
The Ellie Knot is simply another version of the Eldredge Knot. However, it’s much easier to tie and doesn’t need much fabric (which makes it a perfect option when wearing short ties).
Another feature of the Ellie Knot that sets it apart from its more complicated, more popular version is its tail that it leaves behind after you’re done tying it. It allows you to loosen or tighten it, which is actually pretty cool and can make you feel more comfortable than other tie knots.
The Rose Knot
As the name suggests, the Rose Knot is one of the few tie knots that men can trust with the job of creating a special environment to impress their partner on a special occasion. It doesn’t exactly look like a rose despite its name, but it certainly does have a special feel to it.
While there’s another tie knot similar to the Rose Knot, the Rose Knot has an extra loop which gives it an altogether different effect. Finally, while it’s not the easiest knot to tie, you should do fine after a bit of practice and patience.
The Truelove Knot
Do want to take the “rose” effect of the Rose Knot to a whole new level? If you answered with a “Yes” full of excitement, you probably haven’t got a better option than the Truelove Knot. Again, the name of this knot does a pretty good job of explaining what it’s all about.
What the name does not tell you, however, is that it’s also one of the most complex and sophisticated tie knots ever known to man. Needless to say, this one is going to take a ton of practice and, if you’re not patient enough, might as well drive you nuts.
It’s features though, might still just tempt you to go for it. It basically looks like a square divided into four quadrants. If you do take the plunge, you would want to do it with a striped tie that would allow you to produce an amazing pinpoint effect.
Wondering how do you tie a necktie so complex and difficult as a beginner? Here’s a protip for you: watch the video below a few times and you would get a good head start.
The Boutonniere Knot
If you’re looking for one of the most “complete” knots for ties, the Boutonniere Knot would be right up your alley. It has an impressively clean and neat look, tucks away beautifully under your collar, especially if they have wide openings, and is formal enough despite being nothing like anything.
Its long loops are kinda terrifying if you’re a beginner to doing a fancy necktie, but if you can push yourself enough to learn it, you will be marvelled at how sophisticated yet perfectly symmetrical they look at the same time.
The Krasny Hourglass Knot
This knot is as unique as unique gets. Seriously, people would probably find it hard to not take a second look at it.
It actually has two knots, tied in a way that they resemble an hourglass. What you simply do is tie a simple Four-in-Hand Knot, and then use the small end right below it to tie another knot that looks like a reflection of the first one above it.
This makes the knots look like an hourglass, and you would find people staring at the knots for a few seconds without blinking, especially if you do them with a striped tie.
It’s not all rosy, though. The Krasny Hourglass Knot lacks the flexibility you need to adjust the knot, so you either get it right or you mess it up. Similarly, you can’t loosen or tighten it without redoing the whole thing; comfort is a bit of a problem.
Don’t Forget There’s More!
As mentioned in the introduction part of this article, we have the second part of this guide featuring many more super cool fancy tie knots. Who knows, maybe you would find something that feels so much more “made-for-you” than any of the options covered in this part!
We have put so much effort into these parts that it would be a shame to not check out the second part of this guide as well where we discuss many more fascinating tie knots that you would absolutely want to try out.