How to Tie a Windsor Knot

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A Windsor knot is certainly not the hardest knot to tie, but you'd be surprised by how many people don't know how to do it. This knot is seen most often with suits -- because it looks so great! That's why we're here to explain how to tie a Windsor knot.

Steps to Tie a Windsor Knot

  1. Drape the tie around your neck, with the wide end on the right hanging three quarters lower than the left.
  2. Cross the wide end in front of the narrow end, making an uneven X-shape.
  3. Bring the wide end through the loop created at the top of the X, and bring it back down.
  4. Cross the wide end over to the left, in back of the thin end, so the inside of the wide part is facing outwards.
  5. Bring the wide end through the loop again from the front, crossing it back to the right, with the inside still facing outwards.
  6. Take the wide end and cross it over the thin end again, so the front of the tie is facing outward.
  7. Then, take the wide part through the loop one more time, and pull it through the loose knot you've created
  8. Pull it all the way through, and carefully tighten the Windsor knot.
  9. Make sure the Windsor knot sits squarely on your collar.
  10. Give yourself some finger guns and a wink in the mirror, because you've done it!


After you've mastered the Windsor knot, you can move on to some more complex ones. There's the half-Windsor, the double Windsor, the Elredge, or even the bow tie!  The choice is yours, but knowing how to tie a Windsor knot is the basis for all future knot-tying. Now, you can confidently dress yourself for special occasions. You no longer have to ask a friend or relative for help with your knot.