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Can’t go with a bow? At least change up your knot

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What’s that you say? Bow ties, schmoe ties, you’ll die a necktie guy?

Very well. But that doesn’t mean you can’t live a little as well.

What’s that sitting between your shirt collars — four-in-hand? Windsor?

Child’s play.

Did you know there are 177,147 ways to tie that necktie?

A Swedish mathematician came up with that number, so it must be real. He’s even created a guide to help you tie them. Alas, they aren’t all practical, unless you want to look like you got dressed in the dark.

So let’s narrow it down a bit.

Yong Mao and Thomas Fink, two mathematicians with too much time on their hands, came up with 85 knots back in 1999.

They include a few with the little end sitting up front, which might make you look as if you got dressed while climbing out of someone’s bedroom window.

Ties.com has a dozen easy ones, many of which you’ve probably never heard of.

Try the adventurous ones. Go ahead.

I like the Eldredge, a knot that has a fairly recent pedigree and a cool woven look. It’s a real eye-catcher that looks best with solid-color or small-pattern ties.

True, I have yet to tie it without looking at the instructions, but practice makes perfect.

I’m also a fan of the van Wyck, which is simple to do and cool to look at, though you could be in trouble if you need to get out of it quickly, ala Superman.

So go ahead, no-bow-tie guys. Live a little. Learn a new skill. And give your tired old necktie a chance to try something new.

Both of you might enjoy it.

kwiatrowski@tampatrib.com

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Twitter: @kwiatrowskiTBO

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