The double Windsor is the most popular way to tie a necktie. In fact, more men are searching on the Internet “How to tie a double Windsor” then any other way to tie a necktie knot. Below are our detailed instructions that will help you master this popular tie knot.


Double Windsor Knot Instructions:

  1. Lay the tie around your neck with the stitching facing inward and the wider end hanging about 2/3 lower than the narrow end of the tie. Then cross the wide end over the narrow end and hold in place with two fingers.
  2. Wrap the wide end through the loop at the neck. Wrap around and pull tight slightly before taking the wide end and pulling it under the narrow end as shown in picture #2.
  3. Now wrap the wide end of the necktie around the opposite side and lightly pull tight. Because this is done twice (step 2 and step 3) the knot is called “double” Windsor.
  4. Now take the wide end of the tie and pull it back over the narrow end. This creates the loop that will eventually tighten the knot.
  5. As shown in illustration #5 take the wide end and pull it under the piece of tie laying around your neck, and then back over through the loop you created in step #4.
  6. Pull the wide end trough the loop and you are almost done with the double Windsor.
  7. Carefully pull tight, center the knot, and pull down your collars.

Matching the Double Windsor Knot

The double Windsor is a large and symmetric tie knot. Because the size of the knot has to fit in between the shirt’s collar, the double Windsor looks best with medium to wide spread collared dress shirts. Button down collars and narrow spread collars are less suited for the double Windsor.

In addition to matching the knot to the collar style, certain tie designs look better than others in combination with the double Windsor knot. Best are modern Italian neckties with modern stripes, contemporary foulard patterns, and/or multiple colors.

Tying a Double Windsor knot for Big & Tall Men

Because the double Windsor is a larger tie knot, it requires more of the tie’s length. Thus, tall men and/or men with a larger neck size might find it difficult to tie the double Windsor knot while still keeping the tie’s tip near the center of the belt buckle. If this sounds familiar then we suggest you look into longer length neckties. In most cases, men taller than 6 foot 2 inches should wear an XL length tie when tying a double Windsor knot. We at carry many of our popular ties also as matching Extra Long Ties that have a total length of 61 – 63 inches.

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