You want to enjoy…but you need to look good too!
So you get ready:
- Necktie…oh wait
You tie the four-in-hand as usual…
But something’s off.
It just looks a bit too LONG.
The Victoria knot.
It’s easy – learn the steps to tying it below.
What Is The Victoria Knot?
You guessed it – this knot is named after Queen Victoria of England (although it’s highly unlikely that she wore it herself). There’s no apparent correlation between the style of the knot and the queen herself.
But the Victoria knot is (technically) a bulkier, more complex version of a Four-in-hand. By a single extra pass across the front. So maybe “Victoria” has something to do with the fact it’s a bit more sophisticated?
That additional loop is partly the reason why some men prefer it to the four-in-hand – since the final result of the tie is never too lengthy.
At the same time, the Victoria is still a medium-sized knot. It doesn’t reach a point where it requires a wide collar spread or becomes overly bulky in thicker ties.
Using The Victoria Knot
The Victoria is ideal for skinny ties – where a little extra thickness keeps the knot from pulling so tight and becoming super small. If you’re aiming for something “relaxed” and the four-in-hand isn’t quite cutting it, this is the knot that comes in handy.
Pair it with an adequately narrow point or button-down collar. Unless your tie is very thick, this knot will be too small for a wider spread or cutaway collar.
Below is a quick summary of the Victoria knot.
- Size of the knot: Medium
- Symmetry: No
- Level of difficulty: Easy
- Formality: Business-casual or social events
- Recommended collars: Point collars, button-down collars
How To Tie A Tie: The Victoria Knot – Step #1
Drape the necktie around your collar with its seam (back side) covered. The thick end should hang on your left side, while the narrow end is on your right.
Note: This knot is tied with the thick end – and uses up slightly more length than a four-in-hand. Make sure the tip of the thick end is hanging about 2-3 inches lower than your desired finishing position.
How To Tie A Tie: The Victoria Knot – Step #2
Cross the thick end of the tie horizontally in front of the narrow end, forming an X-shape below your chin. The thick end should now be on the right side.
Next, wrap the thick end around the narrow end – passing from behind it and going horizontally from right to left. The tip of the thick end should now be pointing to your left, with its seam exposed.
How To Tie A Tie: The Victoria Knot – Step #3
Continue wrapping the thick end around the narrow end, now crossing in front of the knot from left to right. Point the tip of the thick end toward the back – preparing it for another turn.
How To Tie A Tie: The Victoria Knot – Step #4
Make a second turn around the narrow end – bringing the tie behind it and crossing again from right to left. This horizontal fold will be stacked on top of the previous one. This creates the bulk of the knot.
Finish this step in the same position as Step #3 – with the thick end on your left and its seam exposed.
How To Tie A Tie: The Victoria Knot – Step #5
Bring the thick end horizontally across the front of the knot again – crossing from left to right.
This time, slip a finger underneath this new horizontal band you’ve just created. You’ll be passing the tie through it in a couple of steps.
At the end of this step, the thick end should be on your right – with its front side exposed.
How To Tie A Tie: The Victoria Knot – Step #6
Insert the thick end through the loop around your collar, coming from underneath it. It should end up in front of your chin – with the seam exposed once more.
How To Tie A Tie: The Victoria Knot – Step #7
Feed the thick end downward through the horizontal band you created in Step #5. The thick end should be pulled all the way through – lying directly over the narrow end and covering it.
How To Tie A Tie: The Victoria Knot – Step #8
Snug the thick end into place. At this point, you have the finished shape of the knot. It should stand on its own even if you move your hands away.
Now for the finishing touches:
- Adjust the necktie by holding onto the knot with one hand – and pulling gently on the narrow end with the other hand.
- Make some minor adjustments using your fingers if you like. The Victoria knot isn’t symmetrical, so the sides aren’t supposed to appear perfectly even.
Congratulations! Your Victoria knot is complete.
Note: Since this knot is self-releasing, you can untie it by simply pulling on the narrow end and letting it go up and out of the knot. Everything else will follow.