The goal of this ible is to show a basic life skill all men should have; how to tie a tie. The special part of these demonstrations is that they are all shot from a first person point of view, so none of that seeing it backwards though the camera in a mirror or having to tie your own ties on someone else because that's what the instructions showed.
Step 1: The Basic Knots
In this ible I will be covering 3 very basic knots that cover a wide range of sizes, complexity, and durability. I will be covering the simple knot, the half windsor, and the full windsor.
Step 2: The Simple Knot
Easiest one of the bunch, it is not the cleanest, but if you are starting to fumble because of time pressure and need something that will hold in a pinch, this is it. If you adjust it just right, you can get away with it long enough to tide you through an interview or a presentation. For this you are limited in styles of shirt, you will almost certainly need a forward point or a button-down.
Being the simplest is strangely also becomes the most restrictive, as you may also find yourself having trouble with the look of skinny ties (less than 3 inches wide), and will have to stick to standard sizes.
Step 3: The Half Windsor
The half windsor, my favourite because of how clean it look, but also how easy it is to tie. Unlike the full windsor which requires a lot of fabric, this is a bit more forgiving and is easier to do with a normal tie. It won't be perfectly flush, but you can tuck it in a collar quite easily in a Forward point of button-down dress shirt. You can possibly get away with a spread or club shirt. Standard ties play nice with this knot, but so do skinny ties.
Step 4: The Full Windsor
The full windsor is the cleanest and sturdiest knot. It will tough through the day, and it is also the most versatile when it comes to shirts. If your knot is large enough, you may even be able to use an english spread. The downside is that the knot requires so much fabric that it is very easy to not leave yourself enough room to do it properly. It does take practice. For the video, I used a thinner cotton fabric, rather than a standard 59 inch long 3.3-4 inch wide tie made of a slightly thicker silk, but the problem with that is that although it was easier to make for the demo, the knot was not as large. As such, it would fit nicely where a half-windsor would fit. The same goes for skinny ties.