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How To Tie a Tie

How To Tie a Simple Knot

You've bought yourself an exquisite necktie (probably OTAA) and you need to know how to tie it properly. Cue: the Simple Knot. The Simple Knot, or Oriental Knot, is the easiest method of executing a tie knot. Involving the fewest amount of steps and the least amount of fabric manipulations, the Simple Knot is the most practical way to make it out the front door and to work on time in the morning! As Leonardo da Vinci once said, "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication". The Simple Knot involves a small, triangular knot at the top of your tie that makes an elegant statement in the boardroom. Because of its understated size, the Simple Knot is versatile enough to wear to virtually any occasion.

Simple Tie Knot tying steps

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  1. Place the tie around your neck, with the underside facing outwards. 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 underneath the skinny end towards the left.
  3. Cross it back over the skinny end towards the right.
  4. Fold it up through the neck loop from underneath.
  5. Pass it down through the loop you’ve just created in the front.
  6. Pull down on the wide end to fasten the knot and then slide it up towards your neck.
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The Simple Knot is the most widely worn knot in Asia. Although it doesn't retain universal popularity, the Simple Knot is one of the most versatile knots you can possibly wear. Because of its compact, sleek knot size, it's appropriate to wear to corporate settings as well as formal engagements.

Top Tips for the Simple Knot

The Simple Knot is best paired with narrow collar shirts to avoid gaps between the knot and the collar of the shirt. Because of the Simple Knot's small size, it's best reserved for thicker ties that need a bit of balancing out. The Simple Knot is also a great choice for shorter ties that need to retain as much length as possible.

Best Places to wear the Simple Knot

The Simple Knot is synonymous with "boardroom chic" due to its time-efficient nature. It's the best way to suit up quickly in the morning and make it to work on time. However, if you wish to wear it outside of the boardroom, you can pair it with a tailored jacket to give it a heightened sense of sophistication.
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