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Are you new to wearing neckties, but don’t know how to tie one yet? You are not alone. In fact, only few men know how to tie a good-looking necktie knot. Tying a tie may seem complicated, and even confusing, but it really isn’t. After all, there are over 180 different ways to tie a necktie. For our purposes though, we’ll just concentrate on the two most popular, and two best-looking necktie knots: The half Windsor, and slightly larger double Windsor knot.
If you know how to tie a necktie with those two knots, you will be in perfect shape to match the right tie knot to each necktie design and different shirt collars. Both tie knots are closely related, and once you know how to tie the smaller, single Windsor knot, learning how to tie the double Windsor knot is only a short step away.
First, let’s focus on the single Windsor knot, or also known as the half Windsor knot. As with any tie knot, start by flipping up your shirts collar and buttoning the top button. Then take your necktie and place it around your neck with the broad end on the right side of your chest, and the narrow end on the left. The back of the tie should be facing your body and your neck. Make sure that the broad end hangs much lower than the narrow end. A goop point of reference is a marking in the back of your necktie. There is a diagonal seam near the narrow end. The tie should be placed around your neck in a way that the narrow end crosses over that seem. Cross the narrow end with the broad end to make a “V”, and pinch this intersection with your left hand thumb and forefinger.
You’ll want to hold onto this area until you are ready to cinch up the final knot. Next, with your right hand take the broad end of the tie and loop it through the “V” near your collar. Then, without any twists in it, bring the longer end around the entire bottom of the “V” just above your pinched area, then back up and through, and tuck this long end in behind the loop you just made, and out through the bottom. Tighten the knot and adjust it so that it is centered between your collars. Flip down your shirts collars and you have a single Windsor knot!
The single Windsor knot is a slightly smaller and more asymmetrical looking tie knot. It looks best on shirts with a narrow collar spread. The best ties for a single Windsor knot are neckties made of thicker material, solid color ties, as well as classic British striped ties.
The double Windsor knot is done quite similar. It is called double Windsor knot since it requires the broad end of the tie to be looped through the “V” twice – once on each side. So, start the same as with the single Windsor knot. Once you wrapped the broad end of the tie the first time through the “V”, do the same thing with the opposite laying part of the “V”. The key to a good-looking double Windsor is to ensure that each wrapping overlaps. There shouldn’t be any gap inside the “V”!
The double Windsor knot is the most sought after tie knot these days. Even searches on the Internet for the “double Windsor knot” are higher than all other tie knots combined, only few men know how to tie this popular knot. If you start with the single Windsor knot, and then practice the double Windsor for 10-15 minutes, you will be in good shape.
The double Windsor knot is one of the largest and most symmetrical tie knots. It is a great looking knot for shirts with a wider collar spread and if you wear Italian silk tie. Italians in particular value the triangular and larger looking shape of the double Windsor.
write by Pat Guinn