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Windsor Knot Instructions: How to Tie a Windsor Knot?

Don’t get ridiculed on highly formal business events and dinners. Learn how to tie a Windsor knot.

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When you are in need of a symmetrical, triangular, well-balanced and self-releasing tie knot for your wide spread collar shirt, Windsor knot (also known as Full Windsor or Double Windsor knot) is the one to go for.

As the legend has it, the Windsor knot was originally invented by the public to emulate Duke of Windsor’s preferred wider knot. It is best used with spread or cutaway collar that can properly accommodate a larger knot. With that in mind and the origin of it, Windsor know is best suited for high formal events . If you already know how to tie a tie this will be an easy lesson. If not, don’t get terrified. It’s a simple step-by-step instruction on how to tie a Windsor knot.

Windsor Knot Instructions

  1. Find the right balance depending on the length of your tie with thicker, wider end staying on your  right side and smaller end on your left side. Balancing tie can be tricky business. As a general rule try to have the tip of the small end rest slightly above your belly button (again, keep in mind this depends mostly on the length of your tie).
  2. Crossover the wide end of your tie over the narrow end.
  3. Bring the wide end through the loop between the collar and the tie and let it rest down to the left.
  4. Pull the wide end underneath and bring it up again through the loop this time from the other side and let it rest down to the right this time.
  5. Take your wide end in front of the knot you have previously made. Take it underneath once again but this time when it comes out of the loop it must come straight.
  6. Take the wide end now inside the loop you have just created and tighten the knot all the way up.

Sounds simple when you read it doesn’t it? In case you didn’t make it at first we’ve found this little video explaining how to tie a Windsor knot.