If you’re a man, tying a tie is going to come up. Aside from weddings and funerals, you’ll look good if you wear one at work regardless of the dress code. Prepare yourself for life with 12 ways to tie a tie like an expert.

1. Four in Hand

Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 12 inches lower than the narrow end of the tie.

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Cross the wide end of the tie over the front of narrow end.

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Cross the wide end back underneath the narrow end.

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Cross back over the front of the narrow end again.

Four-in-Hand-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie3Bring the wide end up behind the back of the loop.

Four-in-Hand-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie4Pull the wide end down through the front knot.

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Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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Don’t forget to smile… ;)

2. Windsor

Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 18 inches lower than the narrow end of the tie.

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Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end.

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Cross the wide end up and through the back of the loop and pull to the right.

Windsor--Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie3Bring the wide end back up behind the knot and to the left.

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Bring the wide end up in front of the loop and drop down through the back of the loop.

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Pull the wide end to the right.

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Cross the wide part of the tie over the narrow end.

Windsor--Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie6Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

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Pull the wide end down and pass through the loop to form the knot.

Windsor--Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie8Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie…

Windsor--Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie9“Get yourself a car and ride it on the wind” – Chris Cornell

3. Nicky

Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 8 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

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Cross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

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Bring the wide end up over top of the narrow end.

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Pull the wide end down behind the loop and to the right.

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Cross the wide end over the front of the knot.

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Bring the wide end up behind the back of the narrow end

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Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

Nicky-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie6“You’re the best around! Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down” – Joe Esposito

4. Half-Windsor

Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 12 inches lower than the narrow end of the tie.

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Cross the wide part of the tie over front of the narrow end.

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Bring the wide end back underneath the narrow end to the left.

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Lift the wide end up in front of the loop and drop down through the back of the loop.

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Pull the wide end to the right.

Half-Windsor-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie4Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

Half-Windsor-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie5Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

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Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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Any man with a microphone can tell you what he loves the most…” – Jack White

5. Grantchester

Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 16 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

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Cross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

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Cross the wide end over the narrow end.

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 Cross the wide end under the knot to the other side.

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Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

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Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

Grantchester-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie5Pull the wide end down and pass the loop in front and to the right.

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Cross the wide end under the knot to the opposite side.

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Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

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Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

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Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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Dark Knight feeling, die and be a hero. Or live long enough to see yourself become a villain…” – S. Carter

6. Balthus

Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 18 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

Balthus-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-TieCross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

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 Bring the wide end up over top of the narrow end.

Balthus-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie2Pull the wide end down behind the loop and to the right.

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Bring the wide end up and over the front of the knot.

Balthus-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie4Pull the wide end down behind the loop and to the left.

Balthus-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie5Bring the wide end up and over the front of the knot.

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Pull the wide end down behind the knot and to the right.

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Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

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Bring the wide end up behind the knot.

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Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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“There’s room at the top I’m telling you still, but first you must learn how to smile as you kill…” – John Lennon

7. Kelvin

Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 8 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out). Cross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

Kelvin-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-TieCross the wide end over the narrow end.

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Cross the wide end under the knot to the other side.

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Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

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Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

Kelvin-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie4Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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I’m a slave to myself and disobey my boss…” - Lupe Fiasco  

8. St Andrew

Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 8 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

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Cross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

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Cross the wide end over the front of the narrow end.

St-Andrew-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie2Cross the wide end behind the knot to the other side.

St-Andrew-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie3 Bring the wide end up over the front of the knot.

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 Pull the wide end down behind the knot and to the right.

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Cross the wide end over the front of the narrow end.

St-Andrew-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie6Bring the wide end up behind the knot.

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Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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“Victory consistently – train all year to be the enemies misery. No stress visibly neither does it enter me. I think positively. You cant harm me mentally…” – Dwayne Carter Jr.

9. Victoria

Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 8 inches below the narrow end.

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Cross the wide end of the tie over the front of the narrow end.

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Cross the wide end behind the loop to the other side.

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Cross the wide end over the front of the knot to the other side.

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Cross the wide end behind the knot to the other side.

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Cross the wide end over the front of the knot to the other side.

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Bring the wide end up behind the back of the knot.

Victoria-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie5Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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“You want to succeed you have to try or one day you’ll get older, and regret it all cause you can’t provide…” - Marcus Hopsin

 

10. Hanover

Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 12 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

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Cross the narrow end of the tie over the front of the wide end.

Hanover-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie1Cross the wide end over the front of the knot to the other side.

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Bring the wide end up behind the back of the knot.

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Pull the wide end down over the front of the knot and to the left.

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Cross the wide end behind the back of the knot to the other side.

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Bring the wide end up over the front of the knot.

Hanover-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie6 Pull the wide end down behind the back of the knot to the left.

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 Cross the wide end over the front of the knot to the other side.

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Bring the wide end up behind the back of the knot.

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Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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“Bow-wow-yippie-yo-yippie-yay. Bow-wow-wow-yippie-yo-yippie-yeah” – George Clinton

11. Shelby (Pratt)

Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 8 inches below the narrow end. Make sure the tie is backwards (with the label facing out).

Shelby-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-TieCross the narrow end of the tie over front of the wide end.

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Bring the wide end up over top of the loop.

Shelby-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie2 Pull the wide end down and to the left.

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Cross the wide part of the tie over the front of the knot.

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Bring the wide end up and through the back of the loop.

Shelby-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie5Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie.

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“It’s hard being young from the slums, eatin five cent gums, not knowin where your meals comin from” – Christopher Wallace

12. Cavendish

Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end about 12 inches below the narrow end.

Cavendish-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-TieCross the wide end of the tie over the front of narrow end.

Cavendish-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie1 Cross the wide end underneath the narrow end to the other side.

Cavendish-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie2Cross the wide end over the front of the loop.

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Bring the wide end up behind the back of the knot.

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Pull the wide end down over the front of the knot and to the right.

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Cross the wide end behind the back of the knot to the other side.

Cavendish-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie6Cross the wide end up over the front of the knot.

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Bring the wide end up behind the back of the knot.

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Pull the wide end down through the loop to form the knot. Fix any twists, wrinkles, and folds, then tighten the knot and hold the narrow end, while sliding the knot up the narrow end. Fold your collar down, and take a selfie…

Cavendish-Knot---Lifehack-Tie-a-Tie9“Put the gloves on, sparring with my ego. Everyone’s greatest obstacle, I beat ‘em,,,” – Ben Haggerty

General Tips:

When you’re finished, the wide end of your tie should barely touch your belt buckle.

Untie your tie every night before storage to prevent wrinkles.

You should own at least 5 ties: 1 Solid Black, 1 Solid Red, 3 Misc

You can purchase ties for $1-$5 at any thrift shop, clothing exchange, Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc.

Always wear a tie to an interview, and if nobody else is wearing a tie at work, be the only guy doing it.

Only wear a tie on a date if it’s required where you’re going.

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Featured photo credit: A white necktie is on lilac background. via Shutterstock

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