How to Tie a Double Windsor Knot

So you’re ready for that big interview or special event but are clueless when it comes to tying a tie. Well lets make it simple and learn how to tie a Double Windsor Knot in that bad boy.

Knowing how to properly tie a tie is one of those skills every man should have tucked away in his arsenal of style tricks because you never know when you’re going to end up needing to bust it out.

But there’s no need to worry if you’re not a tie tying pro. Simply follow the steps below or check out the video above and before you know it you’ll be rocking the look in no time.

The Double Windsor Knot in Steps

Step 1: Getting Started

Go ahead and lift that collar and wrap your tie around your neck. Now pull the wider side down so it’s hanging down roughly twice as far as the narrow end.

Step 2: Your First Loop

Take the wide end and cross it over the narrow end about 6 to 7 inches from your neckline, you don’t want it too tight just yet.

Now take the wide end once again and pull back under and up through the back of the knot.

Step 3:  Go Under and Pull it Through

Grab unto that wide and loop it under the knot once again and pull it through the back side of the knot once again.

Step 4: Pull it on Over

Now pull the wide end over the front of the knot. Make sure to tidy things up so it’s tightened up nicely and getting more presentable as you near your final result.

Step 5: Over the Top and Into the Hole

Take the wide end and pull it up through the back opening nearest to your neck and insert it down through the knot you’ve created in the front.

Step 6: Wrapping Things Up

Straighten that puppy up and get it situated just right. Now you can tighten it up to your shirt it fiddle with it to get just the look you want.

Step 7: Go Strut That Ass Like a Boss

You did it! You just learned how to tie a double Windsor knot!

Final Notes:

The double Windsor tie knot is best suited for dress shirts with a wider spread in the collar so accommodate the chunky knot.

The Origins of the Double Windsor Knot

The Double Windsor Knot is also known as the Windsor Knot and the Full Windsor not to be confused with the Half Windsor Knot.

This method to tying a tie will result in a firm triangular knot in your tie and a professional finished look when your done.

Why does it look so good? It looks so good because it originated from the royals themselves, how else?

It was started by Queen Victoria’s grandson, King George V. He was known to prefer a thicker and wider knot on his toe when he wore one.

Later the Duke of Windsor, King George VII wanted to emulate the look and actually went as far as having is ties fashioned out of a thicker than normal material so he could achieve the look. Which is how it came to be known as the Windsor Knot.

Currently you can find the double Windsor being sported by the Canadian Military as well as the Royal Air Force in England. So the tradition lives on!