Simple to complicated, there are a million different ways to tie your school tie. We've rounded up the best of the best to get you ready for the new school year.

Whether it’s in a traditional style or something a little more funky, a tie is the key component in making a school uniform look super smart. From a classic such as the Windsor to something different like the Eldredge, everyone has their favorite. We’ve put together our top 5 ways to tie your school tie and how to do it, in preparation for the start of a new school year.

Four-in-Hand knot

Named after the 19th century Gentlemens Club, the Four-in-Hand is up there as a champion of necktie knots. It is also known as a ‘simple’ or ‘schoolboy’ knot due to it’s simplicity and versatility.

  1. Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end of the left. Begin with the small end slightly above your belly button. Only move the active (wide) end.
  2. Wide end over the small end to the left.
  3. Under the small end and to the right.
  4. Across the front and to the left.
  5. Up into the neck loop from underneath.
  6. Down through the loop you’ve just made in the front.
  7. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up and adjust.

 

Half-Windsor knot

The Half-Windsor is an extremely  versatile knot. Unlike what the name suggests the Half-Windsor knot is actually closer to three quarters the size of the Windsor knot.

  1. Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end on the left. The tip of the small end should rest slightly above your belly button. Only move the active (wide) end.
  2. Wide end over the small end to the left.
  3. Under the small end and to the right.
  4. Up to the centre, towards neck loop.
  5. Through the neck loop and to the left.
  6. Across the front, over to the right.
  7. Up in to the neck loop from underneath.
  8. Down through the loop you’ve just created on the front.
  9. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up and adjust.

The Windsor knot

Although the Duke of Windsor never specifically used the Windsor knot, he did favour a wide triangular knot, The Duke achieved his trendsetting look by tying a Four-in-Hand knot with specially made wide and thick ties. The Windsor knot was invented by the public as a way to imitate the Duke’s knot style.

  1. Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and small end of the left. The tip of the small end should rest slightly above your belly button. Only move the active (wide) end.
  2. Wide end over the small end to the left.
  3. Up into the neck loop underneath.
  4. Down tot the left.
  5. Around the back of the small end to the right.
  6. Up to the centre, towards neck loop.
  7. Through the neck loop and down to the right.
  8. Across the front to the left.
  9. Up in to the neck loop from underneath.
  10. Down through the loop you’ve just created in the front.
  11. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up and adjust.

The Eldredge knot

The Eldredge knot is an unorthodox, complex necktie knot that involves 15 individual steps. It was invented by Jeremy Eldredge in 2007 and became popular via internet fame in 2008. The knot is larger than a Windsor knot and creates a tapered fishtail braid-like effect.

  1. Start with the wide end of the tie on the left and the small end on the right. The tip of the wide end should rest at the top of your belt buckle. Only move the active (small) end.
  2. Small end over the wide end to the left.
  3. Under the wide end and to the right.
  4. Up to the centre, towards the neck loop.
  5. Through the neck loop and the left.
  6. Across the front, to the right. Then up in to the neck loop from underneath.
  7. Down to the left and around the back of the wide end to the right. Keep this part loose.
  8. Bring it across the front towards the left.
  9. Pull the small end towards the left to tighten.
  10. Up to the centre, towards neck loop. Down through the neck loop and to the right. Keep this part loose.
  11. Up to  the centre, towards neck loop. Down through the neck loop and to the right. Keep this part loose.
  12. Across the front towards the left and through the loop made in the previous step.
  13. Pull the small end towards the left to tighten.
  14. Tuck the rest of the small end behind neck loop on the left side.
  15. Strut your stuff.

The Van Wijk knot

The tall and cylindrical Van Wijk knot was invented by artist Lisa van Wijk in an attempt to create the tallest wearable knot. The Van Wijk knot is a variation of the Price Albert, with an added third turning at the active end.

  1. Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end on the left. The tip of the small end should rest slightly above the belly button. Only move the active (wide) end.
  2. Wide end over the small end to the left.
  3. Under the small end to the right.
  4. Across the front and to the left.
  5. Under the small end and to the right.
  6. Across the front and to the left.
  7. Under the small end and to the right.
  8. Across the front and to the left.
  9. Up in to the neck loop from underneath.
  10. Down through all three loops in the front.
  11. Tighten the knot up and adjust. The first and end. Slide the knot up and adjust. The first and second loop should show slightly underneath the third loop.

 

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