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Half Windsor

The Half Windsor (also called Single Windsor/ Single Knot) is one of the most popular tie knots worldwide. A Half Windsor has more body than the Four in Hand but less that its big brother the Double Windsor. The term Half Windsor suggests that it would be exactly half the double Windsor, but it is more than three quarters.


Half Windsor Knots

Half Windsor step1

  1. 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.
    Half Windsor step2
  2. Slip the wide part horizontally over the narrow part of the tie.
    Half Windsor step3
  3. Insert the wide part horizontally behind the narrow part of the tie.
    Half Windsor step4
  4. Pull the wide end upwards.
    Half Windsor step5
  5. Insert the wide part along the neck and to the left.
    Half Windsor step6
  6. Cross the knot in front to the right side.
    Half Windsor step7
  7. Pull the wide part up along the neck.
    Half Windsor step8
  8. Pass through the loop at the front of the tie.
    Half Windsor step9
  9. Tighten the knot by pulling the wide part down while holding the narrow part of the tie. Position the knot as desired.


  • Result: A beautiful, elegant, classic knot. In terms of volume, it is in between the Four in Hand and Double Windsor. It creates a modest knot with a narrow tie and a full knot with a sturdy silk tie or woolen tie. It is almost symmetrical.
  • When to wear it? For business: office, meeting, job application. For festive moments: weddings, fancy dinners. For formal events: funerals, graduations... You’ll already have realised: we recommend this knot for all occasions. It teaches you how to tie knots and it gives a modest, less pronounced volume than his bigger brother the Double Windsor. With all types of ties and collar shapes, you will get along well with the Half Windsor. What are you waiting for? Practice makes perfect!
  • Difficulty: ** (2 out of 5)


This tie knot is perfect for creating an elegant oval dimple just below the knot. The French even have a name for this cavity: cuillère (spoon). Especially with wide ties, such a dimple comes into its own. With a narrow tie we recommend not to use this dimple - keep it elegant and simple.

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