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How To Tie a Tie

How to Tie a Four in Hand Knot

 

The Four In Hand Knot is one of the most ancient tie knots known to man. Despite being invented centuries ago, the Four In Hand Knot was only recognised as a fashion statement in the 17th century when Croatian mercenaries wore scarves tied in this shape on a trip to King Louis XIII's palace in Paris. Its universal and historical popularity is attributed to its simplicity and versatility. The Four In Hand Knot produces a slender, slightly asymmetric shape that will take you to corporate and social settings with an air of elegance. Pair the Four In Hand Knot with narrow collared shirts as well as thicker neckties for the best take. 

    The
    Four In Hand Knot tying steps

    How to Tie a Four in Hand Knot - steps How to Tie a Four in Hand Knot - steps How to Tie a Four in Hand Knot - steps
    1. Place the tie around your neck with the wide end on the right and the skinny end on the left. Position the wide end lower than the skinny end.
    2. Cross the wide end over the skinny end towards the left.
    3. Cross it underneath the skinny end towards the right.
    4. Cross it over the skinny end towards the left.
    5. Fold it up through the neck loop from underneath.
    6. Pass it down through the loop you’ve created in the knot.
    7. Pull down on the wide end to fasten the knot and then slide it up towards your neck.
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    ABOUT THIS KNOT

    The history of the Four In Hand Knot dates all the way back to the ancient Chinese age where it can be seen on the scarves of the famous terra cotta warriors. However, the Four In Hand Knot wasn't seen as a fashion statement until the 17th century when Croatian mercenaries wore this tie knot to visit King Louis XIII's palace in France.

    Tips for the Four In Hand Knot

    Because the Four In Hand Knot produces a compact, slender knot, make sure you wear it with narrow collar shirts only. This will avoid gaps between the knot and the collar of the shirt. The Four in Hand Knot is also best paired with standard neckties and thick ties that need a small knot to balance them out.

    Best Places to wear the Four In Hand Knot

    The Four In Hand Knot has been a long-time staple for boardroom attire. It's straight forward, sleek and fuss-free. However, if you want to take it to more sophisticated settings, such as a formal dinner, you can pair it with a tailored suit jacked to achieve a more elevated look.
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