For those who do not know how to tie a tie, it can be a very daunting task. Here as an easy to follow guide on how to tie a full Windsor knot. Traditionally the full Windsor (aka double Windsor) is worn formally, but today can be worn in formal situations as well as with attire as casual as jeans. The Windsor is a thick wide knot that says “I am confident” and is currently in style. It works best with a spread or cutaway collared shirt, however can be used on any dress shirt. For proper length a tie that is 40 cm longer is recommended but not required. With a little practice and patience the right look can be achieved with a regular length tie.

Directions for tying a Windsor knot are as follows:

  1. Start with the wide end of the tie in your right hand. You want most of the length on the tie on the right side, but the exact length will depend on your height and the length of the tie. Once you’ve completed the Windsor play around with length until the desired look is achieved.
  2. Wrap the wide end over the left/ narrow end.
  3. Bring the wide end up through the ‘V’ shape created by the two sides of the tie and over the narrow side of the tie.
  4. Wrap the wide end around the back of the knot and through the front of the ‘V’.
  5. Bring the wide end across the front of the knot and up through the ‘V’.
  6. Pull the wide end through the material across the front of the knot.
  7. Pull the narrow end that is on the back of the know while simultaneously holding the complete knot to pull knot up to the shirt collar. You can tighten or loosen the knot in this manner as well.
  8. Adjust the knot so that the traditional ‘dimple’ is distinguishable and centered.

Tying a Windsor knot to the correct length takes some practice and patience. For proper length you want the wide end of the tie to fall just at or below the belly button. Play around with the technique until you are comfortable with the length and look of you full Windsor knot.