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How To Tie a Tie Properly Using the Windsor Knot

Updated on December 29, 2017
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A few different Tie knots

The Low Down on Tie Tying

Tying a tie knot can be a frustrating time. Believe me you are not alone. Unless you use a tie on almost a daily basis you will probably forget every single time on how to tie a tie.

I am one of those people that only wears a tie on special occasions and every time I need it I really have to think hard to remember how to tie it.

I think this scenario is more common than not. Some men keep their ties tied up and just loosen them enough to get it around their head when taking it off and leave it that way until the next time they need it.

I don’t like doing that myself because I think the knot looks better if you tie it fresh for each use. I think it looks better when you tie a new knot each time.

One thing you must know when wanting to tie a tie is what kind of a knot are you going to use. Yes there are many different knots and ways to get those knots.

There are a few different types of tie knots that are quite common.

There is the half Windsor knot which is my favourite and probably the easiest to do, the Windsor knot, the four in hand knot and probably other knots but those are the most common and main stream to use.

The Differences in Tying a Tie

Each knot looks somewhat similar when tied up but there are slight differences in each.

Before we get started with learning how to tie a tie using the different knot styles an important part about neck tie tying to know is how long or where the end of the tie should end up once you are finished.

The bottom of your neck tie should just touch the bottom of your belt buckle. The type of knot you choose to use will affect the length of your tie, you will have to experiment and see which one works best for you.

If you can’t get it to that spot you should at least have the bottom of the tie going just past the top of your pants. Sometimes when you have a belly you might have to accept that your tie will be sitting a bit higher because it is being pushed out by your belly. Not a problem really. Just different builds between tie wearers.

If the bottom of your tie is above your pant line it just won’t look as good as it could. Anyone that knows anything about fashion will notice your short tie and point at you and start laughing out loud.

Ok maybe that won’t happen but I have you thinking now.

Another thing you might want to consider is putting a dimple in the knot of your tie. It just adds to the whole look making you look stylish and professional.

How To Tie The Half Windsor Knot

The half Windsor is a version of the Windsor knot. You don’t use as much tie for the knot so that makes this a good one to use if you need your tie to be longer.

Honestly the Half Windsor is a good knot to use for most if not all shirt styles. It is probably the easiest knot to tie and the most commonly used.

So I am going to show you how to tie a Half Windsor because I think it is the only knot you will ever need. I say this from experience.

There is a diagram and video at the bottom of my instructions to help you with getting your tie tied properly.

Step 1 in tying a half windsor knot

Take your tie and drape it over the back of your neck and hanging on either side of your chest. The wider part of your tie should be hanging on the right side of your chest about a foot lower than the narrow side.

Step 2

Take the wide part of your tie and cross it over the narrow part of your tie and then turn it back under the narrow end.

Bring the wide end up and put it through the front of the loop around your neck pulling it through and down.

Instructions for tying a Half Windsor knot

Step 3 & 4


Step 3

 Taking the wide end and wrapping it around the front of the narrow end from the left side to the right.

Take the wide end and pull it up through the bottom of the loop and then down and through the loose knot.

step 4

 Tighten up the knot slowly snugging it up to your neck. Make sure not to over tighten.

Hopefully your tie is laying at the correct length. If it is too short then you need to start over and this time start with the wider side a bit lower than a foot and see if that works better.

If the tie was too long start with the wide side not as far down as the last time.

Hope that helps. Good luck.

© 2010 Grant Handford


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  • Grant's World profile imageAUTHOR

    Grant Handford 

    7 years ago from Canada

    mysisters thank you.


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    7 years ago

    Great Hub and very informative. I agree that it makes such a huge difference in how a tie is tied. Your article is a perfect step-by-step guide.

  • Grant's World profile imageAUTHOR

    Grant Handford 

    7 years ago from Canada

    melpor thank you.

    It really does make a difference when you tie a tie properly. It just looks so much better.



  • melpor profile image

    Melvin Porter 

    7 years ago from New Jersey, USA

    Grant's World, this is a very informative hub. I do not know how many men I see on a daily basics with improperly tied ties or crooked ties around their neck. These guys all need to read this hub. Fortunately, I learned to tie my ties from a section in my Boy Scout manual years ago.


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