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How To Tie a Tie

How To Tie a Balthus Knot

The Balthus Knot is the largest tie knot in existence, even bigger than the Full Windsor. It achieves a grand, robust knot shape by manipulating the fabric more times than usual. Because of this, the final length of the tie is quite short, but it's a great option if you want to rock a statement tie. We recommended reserving the Balthus Knot for widespread collared shirts as to avoid overcrowding your neck. The Balthus Knot is best paired with longer ties that could use a bit of shortening. It's a great look for the boardroom because it's designed for men who don't lack any confidence!  


Balthus Knot tying steps

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  1. Place the tie around your neck with the underside facing outwards. Place the wide end on the right and the skinny end should be on the left. Position the wide end lower than the skinny end.
  2. Cross the wide end underneath the skinny end towards the left.
  3. Fold the wide end up through neck loop.
  4. Pass it down through the loop and down to the right side.
  5. Fold it up through the neck loop.
  6. Pass it down through the loop to the left side.
  7. Fold it up through the neck loop.
  8. Pass it down through the loop to the left side.
  9. Cross it over the knot towards the left.
  10. Pull it up through the neck loop from underneath.
  11. Pass it down through the loop at the front of the knot.
  12. Pull down on the skinny end to tighten the knot and slide it up towards your neck.
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The Balthus Knot was invented in 1930 by Balthasar Klossowsk, a Polish-French artist. He created the Balthus Knot in an endeavour to invent the widest tie knot known to man and he succeeded. From its history alone, the Balthus Knot boasts artistic associations and it makes a great statement for men who like to go against the grain.

tips on tying the balthus knot

The main thing to remember is to be precise with every step. Because the Balthus Knot uses up excess fabric, it's important to start with the wide end hanging down low before you start tying. If you don't give the wide end enough length at the beginning, it will end up looking too short when the tie's finished.

Best places to wear the Balthus knot

Because the Balthus Knot offers such a unique flair, it's a great statement knot for modern outfits. The short finishing length will add a sophisticated touch to bold outfits and will give you a commanding presence. Wear the Balthus Knot most appropriately to social occasions. You can wear it to work if it's paired with a jacket.
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