The Windsor Knot – The History and How To Tie it.

Did you know there are over 100 ways to tie your necktie? I would like to share with you my “GO TO” knot, the Windsor! In the 1930′s American fashion was dictated by two polarizing figures. The famous actor Fred Astaire and the Duke of Windsor (formally Edward VIII) influenced men’s neckwear decisions, still popular today.

The Duke of Windsor and his Grandfather King Edward VII both opted to tie their knots in a manner that formed a wide triangular knot. When the Duke of Windsor visited the Unites States in the 1930′s, his fashion sense was quickly adopted, as it was considered more comfortable and relaxed. Needless to say, the Windsor knot and it’s variations are still used every day. Here is a picture of The Duke of Windsor:

Duke of Windsor

The Duke of Windsor featured in Vogue Magazine

The Windsor knot is best worn with a wide collar or spread collar. When tied properly, the knot is tight, and does not slip away from the collar during wear. Compared to other knots, it is very comfortable to wear, as the knot itself will hold the tie firmly in place while still keeping space between the collar and neck.
The knot is symmetrical, well balanced and self-releasing. It is a large knot, which amply displays the fabric and design of the tie when wearing a closed jacket or coat. Here is a look at a completed Windsor knot, it is up to you if you would like to dimple, double dimple, or go flat.

Completed Windsor KnotHere is a simple 7 step diagram to help you tie your windsor knot…it’s actually pretty simple. A note on position, when getting started, the shorter the narrow end is around your neck, the longer the tie will be when finished.

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