For those new to the world of neckties, you may be tempted snap up a clip-on. But there are a lot of necktie knots to choose from, and most of them really aren't that difficult. From the 'schoolboy' (or 'four-in-hand') to the more prestigious 'full-Windsor', there is a necktie suitable for any skill level or occasion. Some knots can lengthen or shorten a tie to compliment your body shape. A few knots are quicker to complete, and still others are more suitable for formal occasions.
If you are a beginner to tying a necktie, I suggest a 'four-in-hand'. This will produce a skewed, small knot. Conan O'Brien, Bill Murray and Michael Cera are here to help you wear it.
For a small, symmetrical knot, try the 'Pratt', also known as the 'Shelby' or 'Shell' knot. I've got Ellen Degeneres, Justin Timberlake, and Nathan Fillion to show you examples of this knot.
For those with a little more experience in tying a necktie, try a half-Windsor knot. This will produce a knot that is slightly skewed, and larger than the four-in-hand. Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Colin Farrell will show you how to wear this one.
Formal occasions call for a 'full-Windsor' knot. This one gets a little complicated... but I believe in you. Will Smith, Brad Pitt, and David Beckham are going to help you get it right.
Keep in mind that these diagrams are mirror images, so you can print them out and tape them up to your mirror. Happy knotting!