Cravats are becoming a popular accessory and can now be commonly seen at weddings to compliment morning wear. They are a colourful, unique and interesting accessory but can be a pain when preparing and tying them.

Well thankfully help is at hand from the editorial team. Use the following step-by-step guide on how to correctly tie both a standard and a scrunched cravat (or a ruche tie). Big thanks to the guys over at Swagger and Swoon who’ve provided the visuals; we can recommend them as one of the UK’s largest stockists of cravats and bow ties.

Tie a standard cravat

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1) Put the cravat around your neck. Make sure that one end (A)hangs around 12” lower than the other (B).  2) Bring A across the front of B. Make sure that it is not too loose or too tight. 3) Bring A around and behind B.
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 4) Bring A around and behind B again.  5) Bring A up and behind the loop. Then bring A down and over the knot. Tuck into waistcoat.

Tie a scrunchie cravat

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 1) Put the cravat around your neck making sure the tops of the cravats are level. We’ll call one side ‘A’ and the other ‘B’. 2) Bring A across the front of B. Make sure that it is not too loose or too tight. 3) Bring A around and behind B. 
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 4) Bring A around and behind B to form the knot.  5) Bring A up and behind the loop. 6) Bring A through the front of the knot. The folds sewn into the cravat create the scrunchie effect on the knot.