Tying Your Tie to perfectly accompany your beard
One of the more beautiful things about a proper beard is its ability to showcase your inner-spirit of independence and adventure, all while allowing you to adapt your style depending on the circumstances.
You can wear shorts, a bandana, and a Mexican poncho to a festival and your wild, bearded face will lead people to believe that you’re the genuine article – a true free spirit that would have been right at home during the heyday of the hippie.
Or you can switch it up entirely for a classier look with a freshly trimmed, oiled and groomed beard to accompany your formal wear. Your face forest will be right at home in that atmosphere as well because, quite simply put, there is nothing classier than a fresh mane.
But, what happens when going classy requires a tie? How do you avoid the last minute panic of frantically googling how to tie a tie while on your way to an interview, event, or hot date?
Just like you took the time to nurture and groom your beard, you need to take the time to learn how to tie a tie in advance of it being necessary.
And please, please do not try to go for some elaborate knot like an Eldredge knot on your first attempt. Although the knot requires an impressive 15 steps to accomplish a very slick end result, it may as well require a doctorate in basket weaving to those unitiated in the art of the proper knot.
So, let’s start with something more basic – the half-Windsor. This classic, versatile knot is easy to get down and looks great in a variety of formal situations.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to the half-Windsor. If you’ve always relied on someone else to tie your tie for you, it might take a couple tries to get down. But once you do get it down, it will be permanently engrained in you.
To start, place the wider end of the tie on your right side and the narrow end of tie on your left side. Make sure the tip of the small end rests slightly above your belly button to ensure the end result is a proper length.
From this point, you are only going to move the wide end until the knot has been successfully tied.
Move the wide end over the small end to the left. Then place the wide end under the small end to the right.
After this, take the wide end and bring it up toward a loop that should have been created when you followed the first two steps.
Put the wide end through the loop and toward the left side of your body.
Bring the wide end across the front of the knot that’s beginning to form.
From there, you need to put the wide end up through the loop from below.
Once that is done, bring the wide end down through the loop that was just created by the previous step.
Now it’s just a matter of tightening the knot. To do this, simply pull down on the wide end of the tie. You can also slide the knot up to make any adjustments.
That’s it, in just nine steps you should have successfully tied a half-Windsor knot. If it doesn’t turn out right the first time, keep practicing until it’s second nature.