Whether you're getting dressed for work or preparing for a formal event, knowing how to tie a tie should be something in every man's repertoire. However, there are plenty of guys out there that don't have a clue.
I'm here to help you master the art of tying a tie and a cravat, so the next time you're pulling on a waistcoat, you don't have to panic about getting the knot right. There are several different styles and types of knots, so don't worry and just concentrate on the knot you need. To start you off too, we've also lined up some great deals. For example, save up to 70% and get free delivery when you spend over £100 with Van Mildert free online vouchers
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This thick, wide knot is one of the simpler knots and should be used for job interviews, presentations and anything more formal than just a day at work.
Firstly, start with the tie around your neck, with wide end of tie (on the right) hanging around a foot below the narrow end. Cross the two ends, with the wide end on top. Bring the wide end up and loop through between your tie and collar and back down. Then, pull the wide end under the narrow end, back through the same loop and to the right. Bring it across from right to left, up through the loop and down through the knot. Tighten the knot by bringing it up towards your collar. You can get a great selection of ties and other menswear, plus 10% off everything with TM Lewin shopping voucher codes
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This next knot is particularly popular with office guys as it's a bit less in your face than the Windsor. Follow the first few steps of the Windor knot, but then instead of looping it between the collar, turn the wide end back underneath the narrow end and then bring it back over in front of the narrow end. Pull the wide end up through the loop and down through the front loop. Tighten the knot by sliding it up towards your neck. For a great selection of premium menswear, you can also take a look at our Stuarts London online discounts.
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Put the cravat around your neck with both ends at an equal height, then cross the right end over the left, loop underneath and bring back down until the end is sitting over the left end. Take the top end and bring behind the other end, and back up through the loop. Pull tight and pin the shorter end above the longer end. For some great bargains on the high street, check out our Burton money off coupons to get up to £60 off selected suits!
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This style of cravat is much more relaxed and can be worn at just about any event for a splash of colour. It's a loose knot and doesn't dangle like a standard tie.
To achieve this casual look, position the cravat around your neck with both ends at an even height. Fold the right end over the left, then pull the left whilst holding the right still. Pull the left end down and rest it on top of the right end and adjust until you're happy.
The Scrunchie cravat is another popular way to tie a cravat, but this can be done exactly the same as the 'four in hand' method, creating a different look.
By Jemma Porter, 7th May 2013