In the early 19th century, Beau Brummell was an authority in the European fashion world. Every day he spent two hours arranging his ensemble, swapping his necktie for a new article if the tying technique did not please him, and was said not to leave the house until he was satisfied.

Although most people do not go as far as Brummel did, a necktie’s appearance draws a considerable amount of attention. There are many different tying techniques, and learning to tie these in a short time takes practice. Tie widths and cloth thickness can vary greatly, and one must change how they tie their tie to match the material or their shirt collar. Making a tie look good is more than just tying it correctly; a bit of technique is required, from adding dimples, to purposefully off-setting the knot to add some jauntiness to your appearance. A single necktie can demonstrate the wearer’s individuality.

The most basic of tying techniques. The process is relatively simple, and this works for neckties of any material, making it the most versatile of all techniques. The knot gains left-right asymmetry, and is somewhat narrow in appearance.

Also known as a Half Windsor knot. Children in Great Britain learn this tying technique from their parents. The inverted triangular shape of the compact knot is beautiful, allowing a well-balanced V-zone with any collar.

The best tying technique for a knot that stands out. This process is more complicated, however, and inexperienced users tend to make it too voluminous. Good for a widespread collar. Keep more length on the wide end.

A technique wrapping the wide end around the narrow end twice. The more wraps you create, the rounder the knot appears. Useful to remember on such occasions as business trips when only bring regular-colored shirts.