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How to Tie the Windsor Knot

The knot is often thought to be named after the Duke of Windsor. However, many believe that it was invented by his father, George V. He preferred a wide knot and had his ties specially made with thicker cloth in order to produce a wider knot when tied with the conventional four-in-hand knot. The Windsor knot was invented to emulate the Duke’s wide knot with ties made from normal thickness cloth.

The Windsor knot is especially suited for a spread or cutaway collar that can properly accommodate a larger knot. For correct wear, the tie used for a Windsor knot should be about 4 centimeters or 1.6 inches longer than a conventional tie. Below are instructions and video on how to tie the knot correctly:

  1. Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end on the left. The tip of the small end should rest slightly above your belly-button (this will vary depending on your height and the length & thickness of your tie). Only move the active (wide) end.

  2. Wide end over the small end to the left.

  3. Up into the neck loop from underneath.

  4. Down to the left.

  5. Around the back of the small end to the right.

  6. Up to the center, towards neck loop.

  7. Through the neck loop and down to the right.

  8. Across the front to the left.

  9. Up into the neck loop from underneath.

  10. Down through the loop you’ve just created in the front.

  11. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up & adjust.

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We’ll continue to provide you with more information regarding the different styles of tie knots. We believe that it is important to establish this skill at an early age as it is a skill that any business professional needs.

Ryan Solecki