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Wearing a tie can help you make a good impression.  This is a step by step tutorial on how to get it tied right. 
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Step 1: Getting Started

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Place tie over your shoulders with the wide end hanging over your left shoulder.  Make sure your collar is up.  Adjust the tie so that you only have about a foot hanging on your right side.   

Step 2: Cross Over

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Cross the left end over the right end about 4-6 inches past the tip of the short end.

Step 3: Loop Behind

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Pinch the cross-over and pull the wide end up behind the cross-over to make a loop.  After you have pulled the wide end out of the loop, make sure that it hangs to the left side of the knot. 

Step 4: Around the Back

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Take the wide end at your left and pull it around the back.  Pull tight.

Step 5: Loop Over The Front

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Pull the wide end over the front of the knot and through the hole.  Tighten to the left.

Step 6: Loop Behind Again

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Pull the wide end around the front and back again and up through the hole.   

Step 7: Inside the knot

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Pull the wide end through the knot behind the front layer of the tie which you just wrapped around the knot in Step 6.  

Step 8: Tighten

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Pull the wide end down to tighten up the knot.  Make sure it looks good as you tighten it.

Step 9: Finish Up

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Pull on the thinner end and push up on the knot to pull the knot up to your collar.  Fix your collar and you're done!

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banker2 years ago
Very nice instructable with good photos. Here's how to get the correct length.
kelseymh2 years ago
For those of you who don't know, this is generally called the Windsor (or full Windsor) knot. Simpler versions, the half Windsor and four-in-hand, are not as symmetric.
Good job. I would add that ideally, you want bottom of the front part of your tie to JUST touch the tip of your belt buckle. If it does not, you will need to start over and either make the short end of the tie longer or shorter - as in step 1. I know it's a real pain BUT once you get that correct length, then you can save it by carefully loosening the tie in order to mark a reference point on the back of the short end (do it carefully with a Sharpie/marker). In the future, just use that reference point and you will always have the perfect length tie. Cool!
Excellent walkthrough. :D