The Windsor or double Windsor knot is one of the most popular tie knots. It has a wide, symmetrical shape perfect for any formal situation. If you want something a little smaller, try a half Windsor for a thinner high. Whichever type you choose, your tie will look neat and professional.
Method 1 of 2: Tie a Windsor knot
Step 1. Position the tie
Drape it around your neck, passing the wider end over your right shoulder. Place the thin end in the middle of your chest. Make sure the right side of the fabric is facing out and you are holding the wide end with your right hand.
- The length of the item on each side depends on its overall length and how long you want it to be while wearing it. Try several to see which one you prefer.
- If you are left-handed, put the wide end over your left shoulder.
advice: the Windsor knot being big, it goes best with shirts with a wide collar.
Step 2. Cross the ends
Hold the thinner one in place with your left hand and pull the wide end over it with your right hand. Try to cross them near your collar so that the knot is tight. The tie will form a large cross on your chest.
Be careful not to over tighten it, as it will be difficult to breathe
Step 3. Make a loop
Pass the wide end of the tie under the loop formed by the part that goes around your neck so that it comes out at the top. Then bring it down over the band to tighten one side of the knot. Make sure this section is in the right place and overlaps the other.
Practice in front of a mirror to make it easier to see what you're doing
Step 4. Go under the knot
Take the wide section that is now on the left on your chest and fold it under the point where the different sections cross in the middle. Hold it in place on the back of the knot with your left hand. It will end up on the right side of your chest and you will see its reverse side.
Pull it as tight as you can without getting in the way so that the knot is neat when you're done
Step 5. Take another turn
Go around the band around your neck to make a loop symmetrical to the first. Pass the wide end over the right side of the knot from the bottom to the top, then lower it behind the band to bring it to the right of your chest. The knot in the middle of your collar should now have two symmetrical conical shapes on both sides.
If they are not symmetrical, undo everything and start from the beginning to avoid having an asymmetrical knot
Step 6. Go past the knot
Fold the wide section from right to left so that it goes over the front of the knot. Be sure to stretch the fabric to avoid wrinkles or creases. Hold it in place with your left hand to prevent the tie from coming loose.
Make sure the tape is not twisted, as the accessory may have an odd angle or end up upside down
Step 7. Go up against your neck
Tilt your head back so that you can work more easily. After covering the front with the knot, fold the wide section up and pass it under the band around your neck so that it comes out at the top. The knot will then be completely covered and will have a neat and even appearance.
Step 8. Go through the front loop
Fold the wide section down and make sure its side is facing out. Insert its end between the knot and the part that covers it and pull it down. Hold the thin section and slide the knot upwards until the tie is as tight as you want to adjust its length.
advice: When you have finished tying a Windsor knot, the wider end of the tie should come up to your waistband. If it is too short, try again by shortening the thin section. If it is too long, shorten the wide part.
Method 2 of 2: Make a half Windsor
Step 1. Position the tie
Wrap it around your neck, draping the widest part over your right shoulder and the thinnest part over your left shoulder. Make sure the tip of the thin end reaches your belly button. The wider section should be longer and be on the right side of your torso.
If you are left-handed, place the wide section on the left, as it will be easier to tie the knot with your dominant hand
advice: the half-Windsor being smaller than the double version, it goes well with fine or medium collars.
Step 2. Cross the two sides
Pass the wider over the thinner. Hold the thin section in place with your left hand. Bring the other one to the left so that it goes over the thin part. Make sure the crossover point is near your collar so that the tie is tight at the end. Hold this part in place with your right hand.
Work in front of a mirror to see what you are doing
Step 3. Climb up the loop
Use your left hand to thread the wide end of the tie through the loop around your neck from the bottom up. Pull on it so that the whole wide section comes out at the top and tighten it so that the knot is tight. Bring it down to the left side of your chest and make sure its spot is on the outside.
Step 4. Go behind the knot
Fold the wide section to the right, passing it behind the thin section. Hold it flat against the back of the knot. Pinch the back of it with your left hand and stretch out the wide part with your right hand.
The left side of the knot will form a small triangle
Step 5. Cover the knot
Fold the wide section over the front so that there is a straight horizontal edge at the top of the knot. Squeeze it firmly with your right hand to squeeze it and hold it in place.
The front of the knot will look like a triangle
Step 6. Go up from behind
Use your left thumb to push the wide end of the tie under the band around your neck from the bottom up so that it comes out above.
Tilt your head back slightly to make this step easier
Step 7. Go through the loop at the front
Thread the wide end through the space between the knot and the band covering it in front. Push it with your thumb to guide it into the opening and pull on it to pop that entire section out at the bottom. Hold the thin end in place and slide the knot towards your collar to tighten the tie.