There are more than 100 ways to tie a necktie. Over 100 techniques, and yet one style in particular is the only tie knot to be used by all members of the Royal Air Force and the Royal Air Force Cadets in the UK: the Windsor Knot.
More than an arrangement of loop-de-loops, the Windsor knot is an iconic necktie style that’s been around for close to a century.
This comfortable, yet professional style of necktie was adopted into US fashion in the 1930s when the Duke of Windsor (named after the Windsor Castle in England and formerly known as King Edward VII of England) came to America. Regarded as one of the “godfathers of fashion,” the Duke of Windsor was keen on patterns and textures. He described his trending style as “dress soft” -- or what most of us today would consider business casual.
Ironically, the Duke of Windsor did not actually sport the Windsor knot himself. He achieved the look of what is now known as the Windsor knot by using a thicker stitch in combination with the Four-in-Hand knot. The wide, triangular, and symmetrical-looking knot he created was adapted to become a necktie style of its own, using a more conventional tie. Thus, the Windsor knot was born and named after the stylish Duke himself.
In addition to its historical appeal, the vast size of the knot proves complementary for men with prominent square or round faces as well as men with facial hair. And, just as you can tell a lot about a woman by her shoes, a tie says a lot about the man wearing it.
Notorious for its symmetrical, self-releasing, and relaxed fit, the Windsor knot is one of the most popular tie knots for men. It's bold, yet refined look makes it an especially popular choice in the workplace. When tied (correctly) the Windsor knot—AKA the Full Windsor or Double Windsor—is a wide triangular knot designed to display your tie’s unique pattern. Windsor knots are recognized for supporting the perfect “dimple” in a tie—but don’t worry; the knot can just as easily be worn flat for a more traditional look.
Though one of the more commonly used knots, the Windsor takes a great deal of practice to learn and is created using a longer tie. For correct wear, select a tie that is approximately 1.6 inches longer than the conventional ties in your closet. Pair it with one of your more widespread collars, and don’t forget to choose a tie you love—people are going to notice this one!
Beyond the unique history of Windsor knots, it’s the visual appeal and professional yet comfortable style that makes the Windsor a knot worth learning to tie. Express your confidence, class, and flair with this bold and sophisticated tie knot. Need to find a new favorite tie? Check out our classic and unique collection of neckwear for rugged gentlemen.