A Gentleman's guide to tying a tie


A well styled tie can make or break an outfit, and we believe that any gentleman should know how to properly tie a tie. However, there are a few methods of tying your tie that offer different effects and are varying levels of difficulty! We’ve put together a quick guide to how to tie a tie in the 4 most popular styles to help you get started if you’re feeling puzzled!

  1. Schoolboy / Four In Hand

Is there any other way to tie a tie than the classic schoolboy method? Here at Crofton & Hall, we don’t see any reason why you can’t use the schoolboy tie method, unless circumstances demand a certain type of tie knot! This knot should be wide enough to fill the shirt collar without looking too much.

  • Start with the wide end of the tie hanging a foot below the narrow end
  • Bring the wide end up and through the hole at the neck, then thread it through the knot
  • Pull the knot up the neck to tighten
  1. Half Windsor

Another popular style of simple tie knot, the half windsor is a medium sized knot that suits being tied using thicker materials.

  • Adjust your tie so that the wide end is on the right, hanging a foot below the narrow end
  • Cross the wide end over the narrow and then back underneath
  • Next, bring the wide end up and then down through the loop
  • Bring the wide end across from left to right
  • Turn the wide end up, through the neck loop and down through the knot in front


  1. Windsor

The bigger brother of the Half Windsor, the Windsor is a common but slightly more complex tie knot that is large and even in appearance.

  • Start with the widest end of the tie on your right and the small end on your left. The tip of the small end should rest just above your navel. Only the wide end should move.
  • Wide end goes over the small end to the left
  • Move up into the neck loop from underneath
  • Then, down to the left
  • Go around the back of the smaller end to the right
  • Move up to the center, towards the neck loop
  • Go through the neck loop and down to the right
  • Move across the front to the left
  • Go up into the neck loop again from underneath
  • Pull down through the loop you’ve just created into the front
  • Tighten by pulling down on the wider end, and slide the knot up to adjust


  1. Pratt Knot / Shelby Knot

The Pratt Knot, otherwise known as the Shelby Knot, is a tidy tie knot that isn’t quite as wide as the Windsor. Well suited for dress shirts and wider ties that are made from light to medium weight fabrics.

  • Begin with the tie inside out, the wide end should be on the right and should extend around 12 inches below the narrow end of the tie on the left. Cross the wide end underneath the narrow.
  • Take the wide end of the tie over and then under the narrow end. Pull the loop down to tighten.
  • Take the wide end over to the right
  • Pull the wide end up behind the loop
  • Take the wide end of the tie, and pull it down through the loop you’ve created in front of the tie
  • Gently tighten the knot while squeezing both sides to create a dimple on top of the knot