How to tie a tie – Half Windsor knot
Half Windsor knot is symmetrical in shape. It is a medium-sized knot. It works well with a medium spread collar. If you are at first step to learning how to tie a tie, then you should go first with half Windsor knot.
- Step 1: Drape the tie
- Step 2: Cross the wide end over the narrow end
- Step 3: Loop the wide end behind the thin end
- Step 4: Take the wide end over
- Step 5: Wrap the wide end in front over the thin end
- Step 6: Bring the wide end from behind the loop
- Step 7: Pull the wide end through the loop in the front
- Step 8: Tighten the knot
STEP 1: Drape the tie
In the beginning, you would have to adjust your tie around your collar. Drape it in such a way that wide end should be on your right side, hanging down to the thigh. While the thin end should be on your left side, hanging down till about the rib cage.
STEP 2: Cross the wide end over the narrow end
Below the chin, cross the wide end from right to the left, in front of the thin end. It will make an X-Shape.
STEP 3: Loop the wide end behind the thin end
At this step, loop the wide end of the tie behind the thin end. It should round horizontally.
STEP 4: Take the wide end over
Now, from the top of your neck, take the wide end over. Through the opening of the X-shape and pull tightly.
STEP 5: Wrap the wide end in front over the thin end
Now wrap the wide end in front over the thin end holding with your right hand. Wrapping should be from right to the left.
STEP 6: Bring the wide end from behind the loop
Keeping your left hand intact with the triangle, bring the wide end from behind the loop towards your chest. Passing it over the X.
STEP 7: Pull the wide end through the loop in the front
Now a triangle has formed over the X. Open up the triangle, using the index finger of your left hand. And pull the wide end of the tie all the way through.
STEP 8: Tighten the knot
Pull the knot upwards of your collar while pulling the thin end of the tie downwards to adjust the length of your tie. There would be a need to adjust the horizontal loop just to make sure, the loop is flat and even.
By holding the narrow end of your tie, push the knot up with the other hand as much as you want to tight you tie the knot.
To simplify the steps of Windsor knot, the half Windsor knot was created. It creates a moderately sized knot that has a symmetrical triangle. It uses less of the necktie therefore it is a better proportional choice for a tall man. It works well with the collars of these types:
- medium spread collars
- point collars
- button-down collars
Your tie should end at the top and middle line of your belt. It is a classic tie knot that works well with any formal occasion.
Different Styles of Tie Knot: