We would like to introduce you to the world's most popular tie knot: the Double Windsor. Also, simply called Windsor for short. It gives a beautiful volume and provides a powerful appearance, in short a real statement knot that should be a standard part of your knot tying repertoire.
Double Windsor Knot
- Hang the tie around the collar with the wide part on the right and the narrow part slightly above navel height. The exact height depends on the stature and thickness of the tie. We only use the wide part when tying the tie.
- Slip the wide part horizontally over the narrow part of the tie.
- Tuck the wide part up and through the loop around the neck.
- Pull the wide end down to the left.
- Bring the wide end behind the knot and pull it diagonally to the right.
- Pull the wide end up.
- Pull the wide part across the top along the neck to the bottom right.
- Bring the wide part horizontally across the front of the knot to the left.
- Pull the wide part up along the neck.
- Insert through the loop at the front of the tie.
- Tighten the knot by pulling the wide part down and position the knot as desired.
- Result: A beautiful, voluminous knot. In terms of shape, it is an elegant, solid triangle.
- When to wear it? Do you want to ask your boss for a pay rise or finally close that deal with your client? This is the knot for you! It gives you a powerful appearance and helps you, more than a thin knot, to make a convincing impression. The Double Windsor is also a perfect choice for thin or worn ties, it picks them up in no time. Use it for your narrow ties to create a full effect. We would not advise this knot with ties wider than 8 cm.
- Difficulty: *** (3 out of 5)
The Origin of the Double Windsor
Most people know that this double knot is named after the Duke of Windsor, but what most people don't know is that he never wore the knot himself. The Duke was a fan of thick knots, but he had a different trick for achieving volume. He had his ties made in a high silk binding (dense silk per cm2) with the addition of an extra thick lining. The Duke's nephew, Lord Lichfield, tried unsuccessfully in the 1960s to invalidate the myth by photographing the Duke as he tied his tie.