The Oriental Tie Knot is the simplest tie knot with a small, asymmetrical profile. It’s also sometimes referred to as the Simple Knot, Kent Knot, or the Petit Noeud.
Quick Guide: Tying the Oriental Tie Knot
To tie it, lay your tie around your neck with the stitch-side facing up. Adjust it in a way where the wide end sits near your belt buckle.
Put the narrow end over the wide end (step 1). Then pass the wide end around the narrow end (step 2), over the top of the knot (step 3), and through the loop formed in front (step 4).
After that, pull the working end until the knot feels tight enough. Then slide it down to your neck by pulling the narrow end while holding the knot with your other hand. Do some final adjustments and you’re ready to go.
About the Oriental Tie Knot
The Oriental Tie Knot’s name comes from the fact that it’s popular in Asia, especially China. Despite its simplicity and minimal looks, it isn’t very popular in the West. So by using the Oriental Tie Knot, you can stand out.
It’s the simplest tie knot out there, with the least amount of steps needed to tie it. This makes it ideal for men who value simplicity and minimalism.
You can wear the Oriental Tie Knot in everyday situations, like going to the office or on a night out. It works best with narrow-collar shirts and with ties that are made from a thicker fabric.
The Oriental Tie Knot has a small, triangular, and slightly asymmetrical profile. If you want to appear taller, then you can wear the Oriental Tie Knot with a slim tie.
Knots Like the Oriental Tie Knot
Kelvin Tie Knot: An identical knot to the Oriental Tie Knot with one more extra step. The wide end is wrapped around the narrow end two full turns, instead of just one. It’s slightly bulkier and more square-shaped compared to the Oriental Tie Knot.
Pratt Tie Knot: Another knot that’s almost identical to the Oriental Tie Knot. Before step 1, the wide end is wrapped around the narrow end on the top side. The rest of the knot is identical. This results in a symmetrical triangular shape, that’s bulkier than the Oriental Knot.
Four In Hand Tie Knot: Another simple tie knot that’s very popular in Western countries. It’s formed just like the Oriental Tie Knot, only with a different starting position and one more extra half-turn. It also has a small profile and it isn’t perfectly symmetrical, but it’s slightly more square-shaped.
Half Windsor Tie Knot: A very popular tie knot with a symmetrical, triangular profile. It’s the go-to knot for most people because it looks good in the office as well as on formal occasions.
Prince Albert Tie Knot: A mid-size tie knot with a square-like profile. It’s tied by wrapping the wide end around the narrow end two two full turns.
Step-By-Step Guide: How to Tie the Orienal Tie Knot
A step-by-step guide on how to tie the Oriental Tie Knot.
Lay the tie around your neck with the seam-side facing upwards and with the wide end near your belt buckle. Then put the narrow end over the wide one.
Wrap the wide end around the narrow end.
Pass the wide end behind the knot and through the front loop.
Adjust and tighten to finish the Oriental Tie Knot.