This may actually be the perfect opportunity to finally learn how to tie that Windsor knot necktie. Dress to impress for your next wedding, event, business meeting face-to-face or zoom meeting.
But let's face it. We can write a 5000 words post about how to tie a windsor knot but we will never be able to explain it as well as in a video. Take a look at this video and if you have more doubts or you want to know more about the half windsor knot and the full windsor knot keep reading.
How to tie a Full Windsor knot (also named double Windsor):
9 Steps to tie a Full Windsor knot
You are used to IKEA instructions. Let's make it easy also for you. Step by step:
- Start with the thick end of your necktie on your right side and cross it over the narrow, shorter end, going from right to left.
- Pull the wide end up from under the narrow end, making it pass through the loop between your necktie and your collar and pulling it from the bottom, up to the front.
- With the wide end now through the neck loop and in front, bring it back down towards your left side and cross it underneath the narrow end of your necktie, going from left to right.
- With the wide end now back on your right side, bring the wide end through the loop between your necktie and collar, but this time making it pass from the front to the back.
- Pull the wide end back down through the loop, behind the knot and towards your right side.
- Cross the wide end over the narrow end, going from right to left.
- Bring the wide end once more through the loop between your necktie and collar, this time going from the back and pulling it through to the front.
- As you pull the wide end down, make it pass through the gap between the knot and the part of the necktie covering it.
- Pull the wide end all the way down, straighten the necktie and the stylish dimple of your full Windsor knot.
Why is the Windsor knot called that?
You have some curiosity, it is normal. Windsor sounds like a royal name, isn't it? Well, somehow it is related. It was the only knot used by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Air Force Cadets in the United Kingdom. Does the Duke of Windsor use the Windsor knot? No, this popular kind of knot is not the favourite from Queen Elizabeth's husband. Even though, it is considered a stylish and elegant knot even if you don't have the chance to see it when watching The Crown on Netflix.
How to tie a Half Windsor knot
Again, let's start with the easiest way to explain how to tie a half windsor knot with a video:
Half Windsor Knot vs Windsor Knot
What is the difference between a half Windsor and a full Windsor? They both half windsor and full windsor have the same shape but the full windsor version is larger and it is considered way more formal. We recommend you wearing a full windsor knot with a wide spread collar dress shirt. Anyway, a half windsor is accepted in a professional environment. Feel free to use both on many different occasions. Consider that a full windsor knot will be more stylish on people with wide necks, but don't overthink it and feel comfortable whatever the option you choose.
The Windsor knot is a full looking knot, best used for wider neckties. It’s timelessly elegant and a style that every dashing gentleman should know how to tie. No clip-on neckties here. However, if you prefer a slightly narrower style, you can go with the half Windsor knot instead.
Now that you know how to create the Windsor knot, you may as well learn how to tie the half Windsor knot as well. It’s a simpler version and one that you can quickly do when you’re in a rush. Well, at least the next time you’re in a rush. With the free time that you now likely have, you can also try your hand at the half Windsor knot with our step by step guide.
9 Steps to tie a Half Windsor knot
- Again, start with the thick end of your necktie on your right side.
- Cross the thick end of your necktie over the narrow end, going from right to left.
- Now cross the thick end underneath the narrow end, going from left to right.
- Loop the thick end of your necktie through the space between your necktie and collar, going from the front to the back.
- Pass the wide end through the loop, and pull it towards you left side
- Cross the thick over the narrow end again, going from left to right, covering the knot with your necktie in the process.
- Loop the thick end of your necktie through the space between your necktie and collar, this time going from the back to the front.
- As you pull the wide end through the loop and to the front, make it pass through the gap between the knot and the part of the necktie covering it.
- Pull the wide end all the way down, straighten and tighten as needed.
Are windsor knots popular? Well, there is a way of knowing if something is popular or not: appearing on The Simpsons. And the windsor knot appears there. Please consider that some people will identify your knot. Avoid being like Lionel Hutz, The Simpsons lawyer, there will be people who will notice what colour is your tie, what pattern and what kind of knot it is.
Hutz: Now Mr. Nahasapeemapetilon, if that is your real name. Have you ever forgotten anything?
Apu: No. In fact, I can recite pi to 40,000 places. And the last digit is 1.
Homer: Mmm... pie.
Hutz: Well if you never forget anything. Tell me this. What colour tie am I wearing?
Apu: You are wearing a red and white club tie in a half-windsor knot.
Hutz: Oh, I am, am I? Is that what you think? Well if that's what you think, I have something to tell you. Something which may shock and discredit you. And that thing is as follows. I'm not wearing a tie at all.
Apu: If I am wrong about that. Maybe I am wrong about Mrs Simpson.
Hutz: No further questions. (Lionel Hutz raises his left arm and shows part of the tie on his sleeve)
You are now ready to design the perfect dress shirt to wear with your brand new windsor tie. Check all the options to design your custom dress shirt online: