How to tie a tie its origins and Myths
According to a Stockholm mathematician named Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson, there are an astonishing 177,147 different ways you can tie a necktie. Variants include the bow tie, the ascot tie, the bolo tie, the zipper tie, the Knit tie, and the often frowned upon clip-on-tie. All of these have the common ancestor of the traditional “Cravat” made popular by the boy king of France Louis XIV when he wore a lace cravat at the tender age of seven in 1646.
Authors note, please do not worry I do not intend to write about all 177,147 different methods, just the more interesting ones.
Although the wearing of a cravat was, as mentioned above, made popular by the young Louis XIV of France, the wearing of a necktie can be traced even further back in history when ties were worn not only for decoration, or to indicate a personal affiliation with a club or organization, but for protection.
A notable example of the way neckties were used for protection can be seen by the development of a neck adornment called “stocks”, basically a hard leather collar worn by soldiers which forced a person to march with his or her head held high, but most importantly it would give the combatant some sort of protection from both bayonet and sabre attack in blood vessels found in the neck area.
General Sherman, later to become the United States Secretary of War, was a firm believer in the wearing of “stocks” and wore them during the first significant clash of the American Civil War, the “First Battle of Bull Run” known by confederate forces as the “First Battle of Manassas”. However, because of their ridged design, the wearing of “stocks’ did not become fashionable and most people reverted to the more simple necktie which is worn up until today. This a trend which has progressed over the years resulting in the creation of its own “International Necktie Day” celebrated every year on the 18th of October. First celebrated in Croatia, but has now expanded to include Tübingen, Como, Sydney, Dublin, Tokyo and many other cities and towns, throughout the world.
What is the most popular way to tie a tie?
We have already learned that there are at least 177,147 different ways to tie a necktie, but ask a purist and they will tell you that there is only one way to tie a tie and that is by using the “Windsor-knot”. However, the history of the “Windsor knot” is both unsavory and full of political intrigue, but before we get into the unpleasant past of the “Windsor knot” lets learn how to tie it.
How to tie a Windsor knot?
- Begin with the tie draped around your neck on the inside of your shirt collar with the seam towards the inside, and the large end of the tie towards the right-hand side.
- Cross the broad end over the slender end
- Bring the full end toward the inside and up so that it passes under the intersection and out under the neck.
- Bring the wide end over to the right.
- Bring the wide end towards the center and left so that it passes under the intersection and out to the left.
- Bring the wide end up to the center.
- Bring the wide end inward and down so that it passes under the intersection and out to the right.
- Bring the broad end over to the left.
- Bring the wide end inward and up so that it passes under the junction and out under the neck.
- Bring the wide end down and lace it between the front-most horizontal segment and the rest of the knot. Pull both ends tenderly to tighten.
- When completed ensure that the bottom of the tie rests at the same level as the top of your belt or waistline, never let it hang below or hangs too short, this takes practice but if you want that full purist look do not forget this last step.
Why is the Windsor knot frowned upon by some organizations in the United Kingdom?
The Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII) first gave popularity to the wearing of a Windsor knotted tie although he emulated the shape of the Windsor knot by using thicker cloth, which allowed him to tie his tie using the more straightforward conventional “four-in-hand method”. This is formed by crossing the wide-end of the tie in front of the slender end, before the wide-end is folded to the rear of the thin end, before being brought to the front of the opposite side of the tie, then passed crossways over the front, before once again folding it behind the narrow end then carrying it over the top of the knot from behind before being tucked once again behind, then finally to add a bit of style just pull all snuggly, up the slender end of the tie until it rests comfortably against the collar.
Later, as materials became lighter, the above-complicated method became redundant, as the same effect could be achieved by using the more straightforward approach of the “Windsor Knot” as described above.
As to why the “Windsor knot” is frowned upon by many entities in the United Kingdom is because of the well-published relationship the Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII) had with American divorcee Wallis Simpson, a relationship which would lead to the abdication of King Edward VIII.
Well, folks, I have come to the end of this short narrative, and I do hope you enjoyed it. For those among you who are wondering what my favorite knot is, it has to be the “Double Windsor Knot”.
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