How to Tie a Tie: Half Windsor




The middle of the three common tie knots. It's symmetrical and looks very sharp. This is a great all-around knot, suitable for many collars and ties.

This knot is one loop more complicated than the Four in Hand. It's more symmetrical, and a little bigger.

It's one loop simpler than the Full Windsor.

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 considerably 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: Under

Bring the wide end back under the narrow tail. Then grab the narrow tail just under the newly-formed loop.

Step 4: Loop

This is where we diverge from the Four in Hand.

The basic knot now forms a Y. Loop the wide end of the tie around the arm of the Y closest to it (on your right).

Step 5: Around

Now it's back to familiar territory: Loop the wide end around the knot.

Step 6: Through

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

Step 7: 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.

Step 8: Finish

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

Step 9: Loosen Up

This knot still looks more formal than the Four in Hand when it's loosened a little, since it's more symmetrical. Notice that the top line of the knot is horizontal, not diagonal.



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    8 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I nailed the interview I had today, and I think it was helped by my tie's somewhat-commanding presence, that you helped me tie :)


    12 years ago on Introduction

    That's the first and only way I learned to tie a tie. Life would be a lot simpler if ties weren't ever given status. We move past from when a blue collar worker was exoected to wear a bow tie at work, hopefully the remaining tie for white collar workers will become history too.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, this was a lifesaver! I was afraid I'd have to wear a four-in-hand to my high school graduation. I despise the uneven look of that knot, I think it just looks terrible. I was really stressed since the knot is pretty much the only thing that shows outside the robe. This will be perfect for me - now I can have nice looking knot. Many thanks.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    I had the rare luck to have aneel instruct me in person. He looked amazing in his half windsor at a party, and I determined to learn it for myself. Despite the late hour, aneel's instructions were coherent. He seems to have translated it nicely onto the internet. The half windsor is the perfect knot. Not too full and fruity like the full windsor, but nicely symmetric and well-constructed. Hottttttttttt.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks man. It's pretty sad that I'm 21 and still need to get my girlfriend to tie my ties.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I have a job interview today, and the uneven knot of the Four in Hand bugs me. This helped a lot.

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