If you're a tie-wearer it's pretty likely you learned how to tie one kind of knot, that knot seemed to work just fine, and you never strayed from it. Expand your dress tie repertoire here.
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Most people use the Four-in-Hand knot. It's basic, widely known, and also called—appropriately enough since that's when I learned it—the schoolboy knot. It's a dependable enough knot, but expanding your knowledge of dress-tie knotcraft can help you pick a knot that best suits the combination of your shirt and tie and also greatly increases your chance of shining like the Dapper Dan man you are.
Over at the Art of Manliness they've assembled a series of tutorial videos covering the Four-in-Hand, Windsor, Half-Windsor and Shelby. As the least known of the bunch and most likely to expand your dress tie repertoire, we've selected the Shelby knot to highlight in the video below. The Shelby knot is best suited for thick ties made of heavier material:
For videos on how to tie the other three knots, check out the link below. Need to round out your dress-up skills? Check out how to fold a pocket handkerchief. Have a preferred knot or a knot-tying resource that's too good to keep to yourself? Sound off in the comments below.
How to Tie a Tie [The Art of Manliness]