How to Tie a Full Windsor Knot For a Tie

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How to Tie a Full Windsor Knot For a Tie
Use a Windsor knot for wide collars. (tie image by Christopher Hall from

Neckties are typically made to fit a man of average to tall height. The average length of a tie ranges from 58 to 60 inches and is approximately 4 inches wide. There are various ways to tie a tie resulting in different knots at the neck. The Windsor knot is a wide knot and works well with wide-collar shirts.

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  1. 1

    Wrap the tie around your neck beneath the raised collar of your shirt. The wide end of the tie should be on your right side and should fall about 12 inches below the narrower left end of the tie.

  2. 2

    Cross the right side of the tie over the left side. This creates a loop or centre region just below the neck.

  3. 3

    Bring the wide end of the tie up and under the narrow side through the centre between your neck and the narrow end and bring the wide end back down.

  4. 4

    Cross the wide end of the tie back beneath the narrow end and to the right, up through the centre and pull the tie to the right so the back of the wide end faces the front.

  5. 5

    Move the right wide end across the front from right to left to create a front loop.

  6. 6

    Run the wide end up underneath the back of the narrow end again and bring it up through the centre.

  7. 7

    Tuck the wide end of the tie inside the loop formed in Step 5 and pull down while pushing the knot up towards the top of the collar at your neck. Lower your collar.

Tips and warnings

  • Stand in front of a mirror and practice a few times; this allows you to see what you are doing.
  • This knot works best with a tie made of thin material; using a tie made of thicker material results in a knot that is too large and not in proportion.

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