How to Tie a Necktie Shorter

by Elizabeth Chaplin ; Updated September 28, 2017

Make a long tie shorter with a Prince Albert knot.

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One frustration that occurs in shorter men or men with thinner necks is the inability to find the perfect tie length. Standard necktie knots like often leave the narrow end of the tie hanging lower than the wide end...a big “no-no” in necktie wearing. Many thin ties are also cut long, making the use of standard necktie knots impossible in men with short stature. For this issue, tie your necktie in a Prince Albert knot with a double wrap. This is similar to the Four-in-Hand knot and is easy to accomplish.

Step 1

Hang the tie around your neck so that the wide end is on the right side and hanging about 6 inches lower than the narrow end of the tie.

Step 2

Grasp the wide end of the tie in your right hand and the narrow end of the tie in your left hand. Cross the wide end over the narrow end.

Step 3

Loop the wide end around, under, then over the narrow end so that the pointed end of the tie is to the left. Repeat this step one more time. For very long, thin ties, wrap the wide end around the narrow end three times.

Step 4

Hold the wide end of the tie in your left hand. Pull the wide end underneath the narrow end. Pull the wide end up so that it goes under the top of the tie (where the shirt collar is).

Step 5

Grab the wide end with your right hand and push the end through the bottom loop that was created in Step 3. Pull the wide end through. Grasp the narrow end of the tie and push the knot up to the collar, tightening it.

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