The Oriental knot is the easiest way to tie a tie – it requires the least amount of moves possible. The knot is not widespread in western countries, but very popular among Chinese youth, and that’s where the name comes from. The Oriental knot belongs to the group of knots that start with placing the tie around the neck inside-out so the narrow end also appears to be back side up, when the knot is finished. Take into account that due to its simple structure the knot tends to work loose and will require adjustment during the day. The Oriental knot is small and asymmetrical which looks elegant on ties of heavy materials – knitted, woven or woolen – and on shirts with narrow collar opening. The knot is rather informal and suitable for casual parties.

Step 1: What you see in the picture is your mirror reflection: you will see the same picture if you stand in front of the mirror. Drape the tie over your neck inside out. The wide end should be on your right. The narrow end should be about a foot long.

Step 2: Bring the wide end under the narrow end.

Step 3: Bring the wide end over the narrow end to the right. Pull the knot tight after every step to prevent it from working loose.

Step 4: Pass the wide end through the loop around your neck from beneath.

Step 5: Pass the wide end downward through the loop it has formed. Tighten and shape the knot.

Step 6: Adjust the position of the knot, holding it with one hand and pulling the narrow end with the other.

Step 7: The Oriental knot is complete!

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