The Best Way to Tie a Necktie


Named after the Duke of Windsor, the Windsor knot is the best of all the methods of tying a necktie. It is easier to tie than many other techniques and produces a perfectly balanced and symmetrical knot that has a classic, yet current, look that is appropriate for both formal and casual wear. The Windsor also comes off easily, with no inner knot that will need untying later. Simply slip the knot from the narrow end of the tie and the knot will fall apart, if properly tied.

Things You'll Need

  • Necktie
  • Turn the collar of your shirt up. Place the tie around your neck with the wide end on your right side. Turn the collar down. Position the tie so that the wide end is about ten to twelve inches lower than the narrow end.

  • Wrap the wide end of the tie around and to the back of the narrow end. Pass the wide end up through the loop that was just formed around your neck between the tie and your shirt collar. Pull the wide end completely through the loop, then back down.

  • Wrap the wide end to the right behind and completely around to the back of the narrow end. Pass the wide end up through the loop between the tie and your collar. Pull the wide end completely through. This will form a loop around the front of the narrow end.

  • Insert the tip of the wide end into the top of the loop just formed and pull the wide end down to tighten the knot.

  • Grasp the narrow end with one hand and pull down gently. At the same time, grasp the knot with the other hand and slide it up to your neck to tighten the tie.

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