The Smart Woman's Cheat Sheet: 10 How-To Tricks
Pages in this Story:
- 1. How to Tie a Necktie
- 2. How to Cut an Onion Without Crying
- 3. How to Get Off the Phone Easily
- 4. How to Run Downhill
- 5. How to Perfect Your Dating Profile
- 6. How to Make the Break in Pool
- 7. How to Start a Barbecue
- 8. How to Monitor Your Heart Rate
- 9. How to Get Served in a Crowded Bar
- 10. How to Pick a Good Wine
1. How to Tie a Necktie
Life is full of mysteries, but between holding down a job and keeping track of who Nick Lachey may (or may not) be dating this week, you don't have a lot of free time to devote to mastering important, albeit elusive, life skills. That's why we've nailed down 10 common "How do I do that?" situations and asked the pros for advice -- so you can be an automatic expert.The Four-Step Knot
Maybe he's nervous and has temporarily lost his fine motor skills. Maybe you like putting on the finishing touches. Regardless, the best knot is the simple four-in-hand -- especially with button-down collars.
- Facing him, place the tie's wide end around the right side of his neck, letting it hang about 12 inches lower than the narrow end in front.
- Cross the wide end over the narrow end and throw the long piece (still the wide end) underneath, around, and over.
- Pull the wide end up through the loop at his neck and then bring it down through the knot in front.
- Slide the knot upward to adjust length.
Bonus Tip: Every knot can use a dimple. Squeeze the tie just below the knot and allow a crease to form in the center. Then slide the knot upward and tighten.
Source: Arthur Jordan, a wardrobe consultant at LouisBoston, an upscale clothing store in Boston
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