The expert guide to tying a Four-In-Hand knot

Ah, the suit tie knot. We all have a favourite, and whether it’s a Windsor, a Double Knot or a Four-In-Hand, they each require a degree of patience and know-how to pack their full sartorial  punch.

This week, we’re delving into just that, providing you with the definitive Oscar Hunt guide of how to tie the classic Four-In-Hand.

A team favourite, this slightly asymmetrical knot has its roots in the esteemed Four-In-Hand Club in London and was originally brought into fashion in the 19th century. Since then it’s been adopted by everyone from school boys to business men to the army - in short, it’s a staple.

So, without further ado, let’s get into how you tie it.

Step 1:

Drape the tie over your neck, ensuring that the wider end is on your right and the skinny end on your left, positioned just above your midriff. Our trick? Once that skinny end is in place, you shouldn’t need to touch it again - the right hand side is going to do all the work.

Step 2:

Wind your working end over, under and over again. You’ll start to see this forming the basis of the knot, with the tie tightening slightly around your neck. While some prefer to keep the tie loose and then adjust, we prefer to keep it close to the adam’s apple so you can clearly see where the tie is likely to sit once the knot is complete.

It’s also worth noting that we generally advise with the old rule that a tie should sit over the top fastening of your trousers. Any shorter and it starts nodding towards ACDC costumes.

*Depending on both the length of your tie and torso, you may wish to double the loop another time to create a slightly fatter knot. This is particularly helpful if you’re looking to create a ‘dimple’ effect too as it provides a firmer base.

Step 3:

Feed your working end up in the almost-knot you’ve just created before feeding the front back down between the two loops. And voila - you’re done.

Pull to adjust and tighten as needed.

Clear as mud?

In the event that you’re looking for an in-person tutorial, are interested in learning another style of knot or need assistance selecting from the dizzying range of ties for men, our team is on hand and ready to help.

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