How To: Tie a Tie


It seems like tie tying would be something we all learned at a young age. Even if we did, and even if we wear one daily, we get lazy or forget some basic rules. That is why we spoke to Alex Wilcox, founder of Lord Willy’s, a men’s haberdashery in New York City to give us the basic ‘How To’ on tying a Windsor knot (also called a Full Windsor or Double Windsor).

A bit of History:

Why the hell is this knot called a Windsor?

While many think the knot was created by the ever-stylish Duke of Windsor (the one married to that American!), it was invented by his father, George V. He preferred a thicker knot and had his ties made with a thicker fabric to result in a wider knot. The Windsor knot was then invented to replicate the thickness while using thinner fabric.

Why a Windsor knot?

The Windsor knot just looks more professional. Sure, if you are going to a hipster concert and want to rock a skinny tie, by all means, give it up to a half Windsor. But at work, cocktails, dates, the full Windsor knot is the star.

Here, Alex provides a step by step on how to tie the handsomest of knots.

To Start:

The shorter end of your tie should sit a little higher since you will need much more silk for this style of tie.


Step One:

Cross the larger side over the smaller and bring that back to yourself.

By threading it over the top you are creating the small triangle that makes the base Windsor knot.

(To make a skinnier, single Windsor you can stop here and cross over and create the tie from there)

Step Two:

Go back over the triangle again so it makes a larger triangle.

Step Three:

Pull the large piece through the triangle.

Step Four:

Thread the larger end through the bottom.

Step Five:

Pull the silk. Do not strangle it! Pull the shorter end to the top so the tie sits beautifully.

Style Note:

Windsor knots should always be worn with a spread collar or a cutaway collar because of the symmetry of the triangle of the tie with the triangle of the collar.