Sooner or later, every man in polite society must learn how to tie a tie. While there are various styles and methods, the most common, versatile and simplest is the four-in-hand knot. With a little practice, even the youngest gentleman can master this quintessentially manly skill.
Put on and button up your dress shirt, including the top collar button. Stand in front of a mirror.
Put the tie around the collar. Position the tie so that the narrow end of the tie is on the left and about 12 inches higher than the wider end. The seam of the tie should face toward the chest.
Cross the wide end of the tie over the narrow end, forming an X across the chest. Hold the tie at the intersection point with your right hand and wrap the wide end around and across the narrow end once more, with the wide end draping across your right hand. The tie should again be in the rough shape of an X across the chest with the seams down and the right hand still holding the X at the intersection.
Take the bottom end of the wide end in your left hand and bring it up behind the intersection point of the X and pull it through the space at the top of the X, directly beneath the collar of the shirt. Do not move your right hand while doing this.
Put the wide end through the loop that your right hand is holding open and gently pull down with your left hand. Remove your right hand and tighten the knot by holding the narrow end of the tie with your right hand and sliding the knot up with your left hand. Adjust and center the tie knot.
The two ends of the tie should be the same length when the knot is complete. If one end is significantly shorter, retie the knot, adjusting the length of the wide and narrow sections as the tie hangs around your neck.