For classic elegance – The Windsor knot step by step
For whom the “ordinary” simple tie knot is too easy, there is another interesting alternative. The elegant Windsor takes a little practice, but turns your tie in a few steps into a true eye-catcher.
However, before we come to the step-by-step instruction, we have a few facts about the popular knot: The name refers to Edward VIII of England who, after his abdication in 1936, earned the title Duke of Windsor. (Even though many experts credit the invention of the knot to his father George V).
The Windsor knot is characterised by a perfectly symmetrical triangular shape and a particular volume. It fits perfectly with shirts that have collar ends which are close together and button-down shirts. It can also be worn with a knitted jumper or a waistcoat. This makes the Windsor the ideal tie knot for the winter months, as you can keep yourself warm with a sweater, even if you wear a tie.
The perfect Windsor knot in 6 steps:
- Button up the shirt until the last button and turn the collar up.
- Place the tie around your neck so that the wider end hangs about 30 inches longer than the narrow end.
- Now, cross the wide end over the narrow end and bring it up through the loop between the collar and your tie and bring the wide end back down.
- Bring the wide end across the front from right to left, pull the wide end up through the loop again and bring the wide end down through the knot in front.
- Finally hold the smaller end and tighten the knot slowly and carefully.
Thanks to its elegant appearance, the Windsor knot is perfect for special occasions, job interviews and celebrations. As the Windsor knot is a rather voluminous knot, it works best with a silk tie or ties made from similar lightweight material. The Windsor knot is also ideal for tall, slim men as it contributes to a better proportioned appearance.
We finish with another interesting fact: the British Royal Air Force and the Royal Air Force officers complete their traditional uniforms exclusively with a black tie tied in a Windsor knot.