How to Tie the Windsor Knot

Posted on November 08, 2010 by forgetfulgentleman | 3 Comments

The Windsor knot, also called the Full Windsor or Double Windsor, is a classic and continually popular method for tying a tie. The knot is commonly attributed to the Duke of Windsor although he had his ties custom made with thicker cloth to create the wide, thick knot he preferred. The Windsor knot was invented to emulate the Duke's tie knots using a normal tie.


The Windsor knot produces a wide, symmetrical, triangular knot that is traditionally worn for formal occasions and is best suited for a spread or cutaway collared shirt that can properly accommodate the large knot.


How to Tie the Windsor Knot

Benefits of the Windsor Knot

  • When tied correctly the knot is tight, and does not slip away from the collar during wear. It is very comfortable to wear, as the knot itself will hold the tie firmly in place while still keeping space between the collar and neck.
  • The knot is symmetrical, well balanced and self-releasing. It is a large knot, which amply displays the fabric and design of the tie when wearing a closed jacket or coat, and helps keep the throat area warm during the colder winter months.
  • A large knot can distract attention away from the wearer's face; therefore some say a Windsor best compliments a strong square or round face, or those sporting facial hair.

Large and symmetrical, the Windsor knot demands attention. Add a single or double dimple for even more presence.

Interesting Facts

  • In From Russia With Love, Ian Fleming wrote that Bond mistrusted anyone who tied his tie with a Windsor knot; it showed too much vanity. It was often the mark of a cad.
  • The Windsor knot is only tie knot that is to be used by all personnel in the Royal Air Force when wearing their black tie uniform.
  • Taller men may find that normal length ties do not provide the length necessary for the Windsor knot. Special ties made expressly for use with the Windsor knot are available and should be about 40 cm longer than a conventional tie.


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3 Responses

rwoodhouse0214
rwoodhouse0214

December 22, 2010

I like the Windsor knot because it's symmetrical and can fill out a wide collar. here is the video I used to learn to tie it.

SOMA
SOMA

November 16, 2010

Updating and correcting my previous comment. I see you included the fact that the Windsor knot undoes itself with one easy tug in the phrase “self-releasing”. This is a stand-alone benefit!

SOMA
SOMA

November 16, 2010

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