If you believe that the tie is still fly, then I’ve got the perfect tie knot for you.
It’s something you can wear to your business meeting.
You can wear it to date night with your wife.
You can wear it to the bar, while driving a car, or watching a concert from afar.
Seriously – this tie knot is PERFECT for business and casual occasions.
And it’s a tie that’s really easy to … well, tie.
In fact, I’ve got a video demo that will help you master this knot.
Then I've got a written tutorial for you.
And finally, I’ve got key tips to remember when wearing your tie … with ANY knot you choose to rock. In fact, here’s more information on how to tie a tie knot, which includes tutorial graphics covering 18 DIFFERENT tie knots.
If you’re going to church on Sunday, get ready to increase your holiness by completing your look with the righteous tie knot known as …
The St Andrew Knot!
Now that you’ve watched our how-to video, let me provide you with a written tutorial to help you master the St Andrew Knot.
Summary Of The St Andrew Knot
- Size of the knot: Medium & slightly narrow
- Level of difficulty: Easy
- Formality: Business/professional or social
- Recommended collars: Point collars, button-down collars
St Andrew Knot – Description
That’s what makes the St Andrew Knot useful. It’s basically a medium-sized knot that suits most types of faces and environments. Although the design is asymmetrical, it’s even enough to look almost symmetrical unless seen up-close.
It is classified as a narrow tie knot, but it’s slightly larger than those that fall in the same category. That makes it a good option for guys with rounder faces or broader shoulders – keeping things proportional.
The St Andrews Knot is a very convenient knot with a little bulk to it.
You won’t be wasting much time learning it or doing the actual knot.
The St Andrew Knot can be tied quickly (although not as quickly as smaller knots) and it is self-releasing – which means that you can pull on its tail end to undo the whole thing. It’s something men can wear comfortably to both formal and informal occasions.
Take note: Since it’s not purely symmetrical, other guys prefer to go for the Windsor or Pratt (Shelby) Knot. So if you’re meeting with someone important like a big client or VIP – you need to consider the risk of your tie knot looking a bit “sloppy” or distracting. Always remember the purpose of your style.
For its size, however, the St Andrew Knot is the most convenient option. And it still remains popular, especially in the United Kingdom.
St Andrew Knot – Step By Step
- Drape the necktie around your collar with the seam facing out and the thick end on your left, two to three inches lower than the desired finishing position.
- Cross the thick end horizontally beneath the thin end, making an X-shape under your chin.
- Bring the thick end horizontally across the front of the thin end.
- Continue looping the thick end around the thin end, passing it horizontally behind the back of the thin end from left to right.
- Flip the thick end vertically up and over the front of the knot, then tuck it back down behind the knot.
- Bring the thick end out and to the left of the thick end.
- Bring the thick end across the front of the knot from left to right. This will form a horizontal band. Slip a finger through it.
- Finally, bring the thick end up behind the knot and tuck it through the horizontal loop you made in Step 7.
- Pull the thick end all the way through and tighten the knot by grasping it with one hand and pulling carefully on the thick end with the other.
To release the knot, just pull the narrow end up and out — the rest of the knot will fall apart without it. Looking for this infographic on its own? Click here.
The St Andrew Knot is a good, medium-sized knot suited for most faces and purposes.
While not quite symmetrical, it's even enough to appear almost symmetrical unless seen up close.
Congratulations! You have a finished St Andrew Knot – which will surely come in handy when you’re dressing up in a hurry, or during those events when you won’t need your tie on the whole time. Enjoy the added convenience while keeping your style sharp.
Now that you’ve mastered the St Andrew Knot, let me give you a few “why-to” tips for wearing your tie.
St Andrew Knot Tip #1 – Make Your Knot Crisp
Whether you’re modeling your new St Andrew Knot or styling any other knot, it’s important to keep your knot crisp, sharp, and neat.
Keep your knot crisp sharp and neat: What’s at the top HAS to be enticing and appealing, or nobody will want to see what’s underneath.
When you’re conversing with others, whether at a business or casual event, your crisp-looking tie knot will help keep your appearance in check. With a well-groomed look and the confidence that comes with it, you’ll be able to dive deeper into your conversations and connect more deeply with others.
A crisp knot isn’t the only thing to consider when tying your knot of choice …
St Andrew Knot Tip #2 – Fix Your Tie At The Right Length
Let’s go from the tip-of-the-iceberg to the bottom of the iceberg. In other words, let’s talk about the end of your tie!
Your tie should fall between the middle of your belt and the top of your belt. Anywhere within that range leaves you looking tidy and polished.
If your tie falls above your belt, it’s too short! It’s noticeably out-of-place and will probably draw a couple of unwanted looks. Or a couple of jokes at your expense.
If your tie falls below your belt, it’s too long! Not only will your tie look awkward, but you probably won’t enjoy the tie swinging back and forth in your below-the-belt region as you walk around.
When your necktie is at the right length, your tie will be complete from end-to-end. From knot to bottom.
That sense of completion will allow you to feel more completely put together, which will provide you additional comfort and confidence as you interact with your boss or you socialize with your friends. Your St Andrew Knot needs a congregation, right?
Besides the knot and the length, there’s one other thing you must ALWAYS remember to account for when wearing ties …
St Andrew Knot Tip #3 – Make Your Tie Match The Outfit … And The Occasion
You can have a perfectly-crafted knot and an incredible tie length, but if your tie is NOT right for your outfit or the occasion, then you may as well just leave the tie at home.
Before you match your tie to your outfit, PLEASE make sure that you match your outfit to the occasion. If you’re going to an interview, think suit. If you’re going to a baby shower, think slacks and a button-down.
Now that you’ve matched your outfit to the occasion, you MUST match your tie to the outfit.
Color. Pattern. Fabric. Width.
There’s a lot to go into with these, so click here for in-depth information on color matching, pattern matching, and shirt-tie combinations.
When you match your tie to your outfit, you let your crisp tie knot and your well-fixed tie shine.
Additionally, you let your tie shine as an expression of your personality and your style.
There you have it, gents.
Whatever tie you choose, always make your knot crisp, fix your tie at the right length, and ensure that your tie matches the outfit and the occasion. With these three tips in mind, you’ll always look well-groomed, feel confident, and adapt to whatever business or casual event you plan on attending next.
The St Andrew Knot is still the most amazing tie know you’ve NEVER heard of … BUT … there are some other pretty awesome knots out there. And even more – have you ever wondered how to tie a tie on someone else?
And if you’re still struggling to learn how to tie a tie, or want to learn about these other awesome knots, you can get a larger poster size image of the best 18 tie knots along with step-by-step instructions when you grab my bestselling Men’s Necktie Book on Amazon.