I’ve always wanted to learn how to tie my husband’s tie for him for special occasions. It’s a small gesture that can make a big impact for the person wearing the tie. Simply put its just a nice thing to do for your husband, son or partner. In my research I had no idea there were so many knots that you could tie. How to choose which one to learn? So, I figured I would try to learn all over time.
Today I’m starting with the Full Windsor Knot tie. The Windsor Knot was invented by the public to imitate the Duke’s knot style. If you look at almost every President, they tie the popular Windsor Full Knot. It’s a knot that produces a wide symmetrical triangular knot.
Here is a quick and easy way to tie the popular Full Windsor and its best uses:
Full Windsor Knot or Double 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.
Best Uses: wide spread collars, men with a large neck.
Additional tie length is required for the Windsor knot beause of the two wrappings. Tall men with a larger neck size will need a tie that measures between 61 – 64 inches.