After we ad launched our How To Tie A Bow Tie Video, quite a few men asked us to do the same for Tie Knot videos and we are happy to oblige.
Today, we kickstart our tie knot series with the easiest, most simple and smallest tie knot you can tie: The Oriental
For some reason, it is not very well known in the Western world, and so most men learn the four-in-hand-knot when they first tie a tie. However, the Oriental is useful because it is similar in size, yet it is more symmetrical than the four-in-hand-knot.
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The Oriental is called that way because it’s one of the most popular tie knots in Asia. The Oriental is the easiest tie knot that you can find, and it is also the smallest tie knot.
I recommend using the Oriental tie knot when you have a tie that is very short, or if you’re very tall because that way, you don’t use a lot of tie material forming the knot. It is also great if you are a fan of small knots and let’s say you have the tie is rather thick, and you want a smaller knot, the Oriental is the best way to achieve that.
In terms of the length of the tie, historically, ties in the 30s were very short, they would reach up to your waistline or belly button. Today they are often tied longer, but they should never extend past your waistband because you want to accentuate your face, and you want people to look in your face, not down your body. Especially when you wear a jacket, it does not look good if your tie peaks out from underneath the buttoning point, so I always want to make sure that the tie is short enough that you only see it on top, not at the bottom.Otherwise, it looks odd and not stylish at all.
The oriental knot is great if you want to wear collar pins, collar bars or collar clips because it is so small that something easily fits underneath here.
The oriental knot works best with a classic collar or a medium spread collar. Right now, I’m wearing a medium spread collar so either the tips could be further down to the middle to work but it does not work with a more spread collar or like a cutaway collar in more extreme. Bear it in mind when you wear this know.
Here’s how to tie the oriental knot. The wide end is going to be much longer than the slim end. I usually have the slim end about a hand above my waistband or my trousers, but it’s different with everybody, so you have to figure it out. Okay, first the slim end goes on top of the wide end.Pinch it here and you bring it over once like so, pull it slightly tight. Now you take this end, goes through behind the knot, pull it up, pull it nice and tight then you take this end and get it through here. You hold your knot while you pull it through gently. Now your knot is a little thick so what you do here to get a dimple, pinch on top and pull through. Always gently, gently pull and then you bring it up until you like the look.
Here you go, the oriental knot.