How to Tie a Tie: Windsor Knot

The Windsor is a big and chunky tie knot. Larger than the Half Windsor. Best when used with a wide spread collar shirt, perfect for a Windsor Spread or English Spread collar.

Use the simple instructions below to tie a Windsor knot.

(when looking in a mirror)

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Step One:

Start with the wide end of the tie on your right, extended about 12 inches below narrow end.

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Step Two:

Cross the wide end over the narrow. Then bring the wide end up through the loop between the knot and your neck.  Turn wide end down and to the left.

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Step Three:

Bring the wide end around behind the knot, ending on your right.

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Step Four:

Pass the wide end up and through loop between the knot and your neck. Turn wide end down and to the left. Cross the wide end around the knot from left to right.

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Step Five:

Again pass the wide end the loop between the knot and your neck, ending in the middle of the loop. Hold the front of the knot open slightly with your index finger to create a loop in the knot.

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Step Six:

Pass the wide end down through the knot in the loop that you’ve just created in front. Tighten the knot carefully. Draw the knot tight by holding the narrow end of the tie and sliding the knot up snug to your collar.

Other Knots:
Learn how to tie a Half Windsor knot.
Learn how to tie a Four-in-Hand knot .


  1. Marshall Myers

    July 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I have been waiting in vain for you to bring out a button down broadcloth non iron shirt in solid colors. I have several of these which you offered a few years ago and they are the best shirts I’ve ever bought from you. I know that you offer them in pinpoint oxford cloth but they don’t last as long or look as elegant. Any chance you could do a repeat?

  2. Marshall,

    While we do carry a traditional straight collar non-iron broadcloth and a windsor collar non-iron broadcloth, unfortunately the buttondown is only available in a pinpoint fabric. I will forward your comment to our merch team. Thanks for the feedback.

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