Named in honor of the English queen (though most assuredly not because she wore one herself), the Victoria is a slightly bulkier extension of the four-in-hand knot.
It is primarily useful for men who know and prefer the four-in-hand, but find themselves with a tie that is slightly too long. The Victoria adds an extra pass across the front of the knot before tying it off, and is otherwise identical to its smaller cousin.
This adds a bit of bulk to the knot, but not so much that it requires a wide collar spread or becomes overly bulky in thicker ties. The Victoria can be a useful knot for skinny ties, where a bit of extra thickness helps the knot from pulling so tight it becomes absurdly small.
Use the Victoria when you want a relaxed-looking knot and the four-in-hand isn’t quite cutting it. Like the four-in-hand, the knot is self-releasing, meaning you can untie it by simply pulling the narrow end up and out of the necktie.
Formality: Business-casual; social occasions
Recommended Collars: Point collars, button-down collars
Victoria Knot Step 1
Drape the necktie around your collar with the seam facing inward. The thick end should hang on your left side, and the narrow end on your right.
The knot is tied with the thick end, and uses up a touch more length than a four-in-hand knot. Make sure the tip of the thick end is hanging about two to three inches lower than you want its finished position to be.
Victoria Knot Step 2
Cross the thick end of the tie horizontally in front of the narrow end, forming an X-shape below your chin.
You should end up with the thick end to the right of the thin end, seam facing inward.
Victoria Knot Step 3
Wrap the thick end around behind the narrow end, bringing it horizontally across from right to left.
You should finish this step with the tip of the thick end pointing to your left, seam facing outward.
Victoria Knot Step 4
Continue bringing the thick end around the narrow end, crossing back in front of the knot from left to right.
Make another turn around the narrow end and bring the thick end back behind it, crossing from right to left a second time. The horizontal folds can stack one atop the other; this creates the bulk of the knot.
You should finish this step in the exact same position as Step 3: with the tip of the thick end pointing to your left, seam facing outward.
Victoria Knot Step 5
Bring the thick end horizontally across the front of the knot again, crossing from left to right. This time, slip a finger underneath the new horizontal fold you’ve just created — you’ll be passing the necktie through it in a couple of steps.
At the end of this step the tip of the broad end should be pointing to your right, seam facing inward.
Victoria Knot Step 6
Feed the thick end up the necktie upwards underneath the loop around your collar. This should bring it up in front of your chin, with the tip pointing upward and the seam facing outward.
Victoria Knot Step 7
Feed the thick end downward through the horizontal loop you made in Step 5 (but not the loop below it). This should finish with the tip of the thick end pointed downward, seam facing inward, lying directly on top of the narrow end.
Victoria Knot Step 8
Pull the thick end all the way through the horizontal loop and snug it down into place. At this point you have the finished shape of the knot. It should support itself if you move your hands away.
Victoria Knot Step 9
Adjust the necktie by holding onto the knot with one hand and pulling gently on the narrow end with the other. Make any last adjustments with your fingers if desired. The Victoria is not a symmetrical knot, so the sides will never appear perfectly even.
The Victoria is a self-releasing knot, so to untie it simply pull the narrow end up and out of the knot. The rest will collapse without it.
Pair your Victoria with any adequately narrow point or button-down collar. Unless your tie is very thick, it will be too small for a wider spread or cutaway collar.