If I had a pound each time I had to show someone how to tie a Windsor knot I would be a rich man. Its amazing how this simple knot seems to flummox so many people.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t waltz about every day wearing a Savile Row suite and sporting an impressive Windsor knot. Im quite a casual sort of guy. But since I was a boy I have always known how to tie a windsor knot. I guess its down to my Dad being of an older generation for whom it was the norm to wear a tie everyday for work. He taught me how to tie the Windsor knot when I started comprehensive school.
Despite my penchant for casualness, I do love the sense of tradition, and if you are going to look smart, lets do it properly.
The Windsor knot is so named due to the Duke of Windsor making it popular back in the 1930’s. However you can also find on the t’internet that the Duke of Windsor didn’t actually use a Windsor knot, he just had his tailor make the lining of his ties thicker in order to form the larger knot. Your average 1930’s man on the street would be unlikely to have their own personal tailor to modify their ties. So the Windsor knot was born. Using the extra loops to create the symmetrical and solid triangular knot that works best with a spread collar.
How to Tie a Windsor Knot
Those of you who could do with a little help tying your knots, pop over to Tie-a-Tie for some great instructional diagrams and videos. You can also learn how to fold a pocket square, I have to admit these always cause me problems, so I’ll be checking out these tut’s too.