How to Tie a Skinny Tie Like Don Draper

Even off-set, Jon Hamm sometimes wears a four-in-hand knot.
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Hit television series “Mad Men” receives as much attention for its fashion as it does for its drama, and lead character Don Draper's 60s style is all the rage among today's most fashionable men. To bring this trendy look to your own wardrobe, start with a simple accessory like the skinny tie.

Flip up your shirt collar and drape the tie around your neck so that the wider end of the tie is on the side of your dominant hand and the narrower end is on the side of your non-dominant hand. For best results, use a mirror.

Adjust the tie so that the tip of the narrow end is just under your fourth shirt button. You may need to make slight adjustments, but this is a good starting point.

Cross the wide end diagonally over the narrow end so that it intersects right in front of your neck. Hold the intersection point in place with your thumb and forefinger.

Pass the wide end behind the narrow end and bring it back across the front. This should create a v-shaped loop around your neck.

Bring the wide end up under the V-shaped loop. This should form a loose loop around the narrow end of the tie.

Bring the wide end down through the loop. This forms the classic four-in-hand knot.

Lower your collar and slide the knot up to shorten your tie. Like Don Draper, your tie should fall just at the top of the belt line.

  • To replicate Don Draper's style, stick with slimmer ties in muted, neutral hues with plain weaves or subtle textures. Complete the look with a 1960s-style tie bar.

Dan Ketchum has been a professional writer since 2003, with work appearing online and offline in Word Riot, Bazooka Magazine, Anemone Sidecar, Trails and more. Dan's diverse professional background spans from costume design and screenwriting to mixology, manual labor and video game industry publicity.