How To Tie a Full Windsor Knot

How To Tie a Windsor Knot

  1. Drape the necktie around your collar with the wide end on the right hanging 4-6 inches lower than your waistband.
  2. Cross the wide end horizontally in front of the slim end, making an X-shape just below your chin.
  3. Tuck the wide end up and beneath the loop around your neck, coming out point-upward behind the X. Use one finger to hold the X in place.
  4. Pull the wide end all the way down.
  5. Bring the wide end around behind the knot and pass it horizontally from right to left.
  6. Flip the wide end tip upward and tug it diagonally across the front of the knot.
  7. Loop the wide end over the top of the loop around your collar and bring it back down. It should emerge on the left of the thin end.
  8. Bring the wide end horizontally across the front of the knot, from left to right. This forms a horizontal band. Tuck a finger through it and hold it in place.
  9. Bring the wide end underneath the loop one more time, around the collar with the tip aiming upward.
  10. Turn the wide end downward and slide the tip through the horizontal loop you saved with your finger in step 8.
  11. Pull the wide end all the way down and smooth out any creases or slack in the knot.

When I'm asked how to tie a tie, the Full Windsor Knot is always mentioned.  Also known as the Double Windsor, the Full Windsor has a large, triangular symmetric shape and is perfect for wide spread collars, and on men with a large neck.

Additional tie length is required for the Windsor knot because of the two wrappings. Tall men with a larger neck size will need a tie that measures between 61 – 64 inches.

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