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Which tie knot can make me stand out?

Benno Büchler, 29.03.2023

Expertenkrawattenknoten für Profis

We have reached the elite with the tie knots. These knots show character and attract everyone's attention.

But they also require that you take enough time to really master them. You can't do things by halves from here on, otherwise you'll recognize it later.

Which tie knot can make me stand out?

To truly stand out with a tie knot, it must be large, have a special shape, and be somewhat confusing at first glance. The knot that best meets these requirements is the Tulip. It is round and looks as if it houses another small tie knot inside.

Go wild, pick your favorites and prepare to be the secret star at events.

Trinity knot

der Trinity Knoten
Source: Own photo

I would describe the Trinity node as an undercover exotic.

At first glance, it looks like you didn't put much effort into a Double Windsor . On the second, however, it is noticeable that it is rather three loops that interlock, like a little Gordian knot.

  1. Put the wide end to the left, with the tip on top of the belt buckle
  2. Guide the narrow end over the wide end to the left
  3. Bring the narrow end up through the neck loop from below
  4. Guide the narrow end down to the left
  5. Lead it behind the wide end to the right
  6. Guide it from the top through the neck loop and down to the left
  7. Guide it over the wide end to the right and from below through the neck loop
  8. Put the narrow end down through the loop formed in step 7 and keep everything loose
  9. Guide the narrow end behind the wide end to the right
  10. Bring it to the front and through the loop formed in step 9
  11. Gently pull tight and tuck the rest of the narrow end behind the neck loop
  12. Adjust it according to your needs.

The result is a voluminous knot that looks best with a narrow shirt collar. I would recommend a solid color, skinny tie to shape this knot. Intricate patterns or color combinations could hide the complexity of your knot.



The tulip

The tulip
Source: Own photo

The tulip, like the spring flower it is named after, is a delicate and elegant knot that does justice to the space it takes up. A knot that can be worn discreetly at a festive occasion, but also, if you are brave, well in business.

  1. Start with the wide end on your left side
  2. Put the narrow end over the width to the left
  3. Pull it through the neck loop to the left
  4. Pass the narrow end under the knot, to the right.
  5. Pull it again through the neck loop to the right.
  6. Lead it over the knot to the left
  7. Feed the narrow end through the neck loop to the right again, making sure the loop is nice and loose.
  8. Pull it under the knot
  9. Feed the narrow end through the prepared loop on the right side.
  10. Stow the end between the tie and the shirt collar.
  11. Straighten the knot by tightening it with the wide end and reaching into the loops with your index fingers to line them up and shape them nicely.

I always think this knot looks a bit like a classic knot has built itself a little roof.

If you want to wear it with a suit and vest I would recommend a silk tie, as it is easy to shape but doesn't look too thick over your chest.



Wijk knots

Der Wjik Knoten, ein schmaler, vornehmer, aristokratischer Krawattenknoten
Source: Own photo

Supposedly it was invented by an artist with the same surname.

Among the great advantages of this knot is certainly the shape, as it is rather elongated, but still provides a proud volume. In addition, it visually lengthens the neck.

If you've been following my tie blogs for a while, you'll notice that the Wijk Knot looks a lot like the Prince Albert and the Four-in-Hand. He is the logical progression where we make one more loop.

  1. Start with the wide end on the right side.
  2. Cross the narrow end with the wide end to the left.
  3. Guide the wide end behind the narrow end to the right.
  4. Cross the wide end to the left over the front.
  5. Guide it to the right behind the narrow end.
  6. Cross it over to the left across the front, keeping it slightly under the wrap from step 4.
  7. Guide it to the right behind the narrow end.
  8. Cross it over to the left across the front, holding it slightly under the wraps from steps 4 and 6.
  9. Feed the wide end through the neck loop from below.
  10. Pull it down through all three loops on the front.
  11. Pull the wide end down to tighten and position the first two loops under the third.

With its slim, asymmetrical shape, this knot is best shown off with a close-fitting collar.

It also looks great when you let your creativity run wild with patterned and colorful knots.



Cape knot

Cape knot
Source: Own photo

The Cape Knot actually got its name because it looks like the tie knot has a small cape on its back. It also closely resembles the Tulip, but differs in the last few steps.

The big challenge with this knot is to hide the narrow end of the tie behind the long end. (we already faced this hurdle with the Cross Knot)

  1. Place the wide end on the right side
  2. Cross the narrow end to the right
  3. Pass the narrow end through the neck loop
  4. Bring the narrow end to the right side out of the loop
  5. Lead it behind the neck loop to the left
  6. Guide it from the top through the neck loop
  7. Bring it to the left and then to the right before the knot
  8. Guide it behind and through the neck loop on the right side
  9. Guide it down the right side above the loop
  10. Go along the back to the left, then through the large loop and then through the smaller loop
  11. Pull it down on the back of the wide end and straighten it out
  12. Pull it tighter to adjust

Like the tulip, this knot calls for a rather thin tie. As for the shirt collar, you have to decide how much attention you want to pay to the knot, the wider the collar the more inconspicuous the knot.



Fishbone knot

Der Fishbone Knoten
Source: Own photo

By far the most complex knot from this article, but also the one with the biggest WOW effect!

Named after the shape of herringbone, confusing patterns and colors get in the way of your knot as well, so in order for your efforts to be appreciated I would recommend using a solid color tie.

It also needs to be as long as possible so that after you tie it, you still have enough fabric to reach your belt.

  1. Start with the wide end on the left side.
  2. Cross the narrow end to the left.
  3. Feed the narrow end under and through the neck loop.
  4. Take it down and to the left.
  5. Guide it behind the knot to the right.
  6. Guide it from the front through the neck loop to the left.
  7. Bring it from the front through the neck loop to the right.
  8. Repeat point 6.
  9. Repeat point 7.
  10. Tighten the narrow end and stow it behind the knot.
  11. Adjust if necessary.

With the size of this knot, you can not avoid a shirt with a wide collar, or directly shark.

If the wide end of the tie is still too short and you can't make it any longer, wearing a vest to hide the mishap is still an option.

Conclusion

In conclusion, while there can be challenges in tying complex tie knots, learning them is definitely worthwhile.

With practice and patience, you'll soon be able to perfect each knot and make it your own style.

Take heart and don't give up, because the end result is a stylish and professional look that you can proudly show off.

Source cover image: Pexels | edited post



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