How to Tie a Tie: Full Windsor




The largest of the three common tie knots. It's symmetrical and has a commanding presence. It works well with narrow or thin ties and wide collars.

This knot is one loop more complicated than the Half Windsor, so it's two more complicated than the Four in Hand. It's a large, symmetrical knot that's good for thin ties or wide collars.

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Step 1: Ready?

Lift your collar and place the tie around your neck with the front side facing out. The wider end of the tie should be on your right. You'll probably want to make the narrow tail of the tie much shorter than the wide end. Finding the right balance may take a few tries.

Step 2: Over

Grab the wide end of the tie and cross it over the narrow tail.

Step 3: Loop 1

Loop the wide end around the left branch of the Y at the top of the knot by putting it through the center of the Y. Make it hang to your left when you're done.

Step 4: Behind

Bring the wide end around behind the knot.

Step 5: Loop 2

Now loop around the other (right) arm of the Y, like we did in the Half Windsor Loop step.

Step 6: Around

Loop the wide end around the front of the knot.

Step 7: Through

Bring the wide end of the tie through the Y at the top of the back of the knot and also through the loop you just formed.

Step 8: Tighten

Tighten the knot by grabbing the tail and holding under the knot while you pull down on the wide end.

Then bring the knot up to the collar by pulling up on the knot while you pull down on the narrow tail.

Repeat these two motions as necessary.

You may also need to tidy up the knot by pulling down on the front of the outermost loop so that it fully covers the loops around the arms of the Y.

Step 9: Finish

Flip down your collar and adjust the placement of the knot.

Step 10: Bulk It Up

The Full Windsor is a substantial knot. It is pleasingly symmetrical, forms a distinct triangle, and fills out a wide collar nicely. It may be too big for many of the ties currently in fashion, but it can add heft to a narrow tie or one made from thinner material.



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    11 Discussions

    I let the wide part hang at the lowest point of where my trouser zipper ends! I don't worry about the narrow end of the tie, because it's hidden behind the tie and tie clip. Give it a try!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I find that a good way to start is to have the tip of the wide end hanging to the tip of my fingers if my arm is hanging loosely. Then tie the knot pretty close to the neck, at the end the end of the tie almost touches my belt buckle.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Excellent and easy to understand steps. Looks really good in the end. Thanks.

    Wolf Seril

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you! My dad has been trying to teach me this one for years, and now I finally get it in 30 seconds.

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    Good instructions I know ill use this one eventually.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Useful, thank you. I have recently been attempting an androgynous style of dress, based largely around modern business suits and the outfits of the Edwardian gentry. (I'm female, so wearing a smartly ironed shirt, velvet or brocade waistcoat and silk tie or cravat create a wonderful androgyny) The Windsor and Ascot will no doubt be seeing plenty of use in the future.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks man! I've always sort of wondered how to tie the full-windsor and it only took me 15 seconds to learn from reading this. Good show!

    Jezza Bear

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Excellent sir. I am glad you have introduced this to the World at large. I swear by the full Windsor for the following reasons: 1) They do not slip 2) Symmetrical 3) Professional looking One point I will say though and that this knot is only ever really good when it is done with a silk tie and you have the little kink at the front as it lifts and brings the tie up and out. Thank you, this is a must and proper life skill :-)


    12 years ago on Introduction

    This is my favorite! I once read that the Full Windsor "cannot be ignored."