How to Tie a Triangle Knot

by Celeigh O'Neil ; Updated September 28, 2017

Triangular tie knots were first popularized in the 1920s.

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The knot you choose for your tie is just as important as the pattern that subtly complements your suit. A triangle knot, also known as a Windsor knot, sits wide at the collar and works best with wide-collared shirts. The three visible folds give your look a polished finish, making it a suitable choice for everything from boardroom meetings to black-tie events. Dress to impress -- and boost your own confidence in the process -- by tying a triangle tie.

Put on a button-up shirt and button it to the top. Lift both sides of the collar straight up.

Place the wide end of the tie over your right shoulder and the narrow portion over your left shoulder. Pull the narrow end down until it sits between the fourth and fifth button of your shirt.

Fold the wide end over the narrow end of the tie and wrap it around the back so that it returns to the right side.

Lift the wide end upward; tuck it through the tie loop and through the loop created by the crossed ends. Lift the wide end upward again and tuck it through the large loop.

Fold the wide end over the narrow end and to the right. Tuck it up and through the large loop. Grasp the middle of the wide half as you tuck it though to create a new loop and prevent it from tightening too much.

Tuck the wide end through the loop that you are holding onto with your other hand. Grasp both sides of the tie at the base, and pull them toward the back of your neck until the tie reaches the desired fit and the triangle shape is achieved.

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About the Author

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.