Learning how to tie your tie is one of the most elementary skills a modern gentleman can have. And the best part? It's damn easy.
You simply can't go wrong with the four-in-hand knot. Why? Because it's the easiest knot to master and it can be used for literally any occasion.
The artistocratic Windsor knot is a symmetrical knot best suited for formal occasions. Because of its rather bulky shape, it goes super well with open collars such as spread collars and those dashing cutaway collars.
This variation is slightly less formal than a full windsor, and is suitable for both formal and smart casual scenarios. It pairs well with ties made of thicker such as cashmere and wool.
The Pratt knot was popularised it in the 1980s. It's starts with the seams facing up, which is different from the other knots we've learned about. But the major advantage is that doing so produces a reliably dapper dimple. Looking good!