How To Tie a Half-Windsor Knot
- Drape the necktie around your collar with the wide end on your right hanging down to your thigh and the thin end on the left at about your rib cage.
- Cross the wide end in front of the thin end from right to left, making an X-shape below your chin.
- Loop the wide end of the tie horizontally around and behind the thin end.
- Take the wide end over from the top and through the opening of the X and pull tight.
- Hold the wide end with your right hand and wrap it in front over the thin end, from your right to your left.
- Keeping the triangle intact with your left hand, bring the wide end towards your chest and from behind the loop, pass it over the X.
- Using the index finger of your left hand, open up the triangle that has now formed over the X and pull the wide end all the way through.
- To adjust the length, pull the knot up towards your collar while pulling the thin end of the tie down. You may need to adjust the horizontal loop to make sure it’s flat and even.
Along with the Four-In-Hand knot, the Half Windsor is most suited to guys just beginning to learn how to tie a tie.
This knot is the perfect choice for medium-width and thick ties. It is the most versatile and popular tie knot.
Because the half Windsor requires less of the tie’s length than the larger Windsor knot, it is also a great choice for big and tall men trying to wear a regular length tie.