Full Windsor Knot step by step video. How
to tie a tie (Windsor Knot) affront of the mirror. Do it right!
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The Windsor knot, also referred to as a Full Windsor or as a Double
Windsor to distinguish it from the half-Windsor, is a method of
tying a necktie. The Windsor knot, compared to other methods,
produces a wide symmetrical triangular knot.
The knot is often thought to be named after the Duke of Windsor
(King Edward VIII before his abdication). It is, however, likely
that it was invented by his father, George V. The Duke preferred a
wide knot and had his ties specially made with thicker cloth in
order to produce a wider knot when tied with the conventional
four-in-hand knot. The Windsor knot was invented to emulate the
Duke's wide knot with ties made from normal thickness cloth.
The Windsor knot is especially suited for a spread or cutaway collar
that can properly accommodate a larger knot. For correct wear, the
tie used for a Windsor knot should be about 4 centimeters or 1.6
inches longer than a conventional tie.
The Windsor knot is the only tie knot that is to be used by all
personnel in the Royal Air Force and the Royal Air Force Cadets (ATC
and CCF(RAF)) in the UK when wearing their black tie while in
uniform. However, the Windsor Knot is often frowned upon in other
Armed Services or Regiments of the British Forces through its
association with the Duke of Windsor, who became a potential
'pretender' to the Throne following his abdication. The Windsor and
four-in-hand knots are authorized for use by all services of the
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 the neck.
The knot is symmetrical, well-balanced, and self-releasing (i.e., it
can be undone entirely by pulling the tie's narrow end up through
the knot). 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, a Windsor best complements a strong square or round face,
or those sporting facial hair.
To tie the Windsor, place the tie around your neck and cross the
broad end of the tie in front of the narrow end. Then fold the broad
end behind the narrow end and push it up through the inside of the
loop around your neck. The left and right sides of the narrow end,
and the inside of the loop, now form a triangle. The third and
fourth folds should complete one rotation around the outside of the
knot. The fifth fold brings the broad end over the top of the knot
from the front to the back. The sixth and seventh folds again
complete one rotation around the knot. The eighth fold should again
bring the broad end up over the top of the knot from behind; push
the end down through the loop in front of the knot that you made
with the seventh fold, work out any wrinkles, and pull the knot
tight. If the tie is unbalanced, untie the knot and try again giving
yourself more or less length to work with.
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