How to Tie a Windsor Knot

Tying a tie is one of the most frustrating things to learn. I don’t know haw many times I’ve tried to follow a set of instructions only to give up and move on to something else. It’s always best to be able to see what you’re trying to do in action! That’s why I’ve creating this handy guide to tying a Windsor knot, complete with helpful gifs!

What you will need:

  • A Tie

Pretty standard but make sure it’s a good one. Be aware of the event you’re attending and if your choice of tie is appropriate. If the event is described as ‘black tie’ it’s best to leave the fluorescent colours at home.

  • A collared shirt

Make sure your choice of shirt goes well with your tie. Consider both the colour and the pattern (if either has one) before making your decision.



Step 1

Lay the tie around your neck with the wide end of the tie on your right hand side and the skinny end off the tie on your left hand side (reverse if you are left-handed). Be aware that you’ll need the wide part of the tie to sit lower so that the ends will end up a similar length when you’re finished.


Step 2

Cross the tie over with the wide end on top to make an opening around your neck. Thread the long end of the tie all the way through this opening.

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Step 3

Take the long end of the tie and wrap it around the back of the knot. Make sure that the back of the tie is facing outward so that the seam isn’t showing from the knot.

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Step 4

Continuing to use the wide end of the tie, thread it through the opening again. This time, however we are threading it through the front of the opening. When you finish, the knot should look a bit like a triangle.

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Step 5

Take your finger and place it on the front of the knot. Take the wide end of the knot and move it right to left over the front of the knot and over your finger.

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Step 6

Leaving your finger where it is, take the wide end and thread it through the back of the knot and over the front.

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Step 7

Your finger has created a space that you will now use. Pull the tie down through the gap in the knot you’ve created.

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Step 8

The final step is to adjust the knot and length of the tie. Do this by alternating between pulling the long and short ends of the tie until you are satisfied with the result.

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And now you should be ready to be on your way! Make sure to check your tie occasionally throughout the night to make sure it hasn’t moved or loosened. Especially if you’re dancing the night away!



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