Are you perplexed by the infamous Windsor Knot
? See our knotting
diagram below for detailed instructions to help you master the popular
Windsor necktie. We invite you to print this page for later use, as the
photos are represented in reverse for mirror viewing.
When you tie this knot this way it goes on and off easy - no inner
knot remains when you loosen this knot by carefully pulling the knot
down the narrow tie length. Step # 7 & 8 are going the opposite
direction from how the Duke of Windsor demonstrated it in 1936. That
reverse of direction makes the difference. Hoax, or just a way to
complicate the steps so not every man could look as handsome as the
"Blue Bloods" the awkward necktie knot is easily tied now if you have
The wide blade of the tie does all of the work. Start by turning your
collar up and drape the tie over your neck with the wide tie blade near
your knee. (this will calibrate the length of the tie so the wide blade
covers your waste band when you are finished). The tie's slip stitching
is against your chest with the front or face of the tie showing. You
may need to practice several times so you are starting at the right
point. Carefully fold the tie without twisting and after the final step
just draw the knot up to your collar while holding the narrow blade of
the tie. This diagram is reversed so you can tape it to a mirror and
follow it step by step. In no time at all you will master this refined
gentlemen's necktie knot and have a greater respect for the way you
A bit of history...
Though the Duke of Windsor is credited for this stylish necktie
knot, the "Windsor Knot" was allegedly named after the Duke without his
consent. Folklore has it that his father King George V passed the knot
down to him along with the crown jewels, thus associating the Duke of
Windsor with the tying method from that time forward.
Later, in 1936, Edward the VIII abdicated his throne as King of Britain
so that he could marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American divorcee.
As a result, his brother took the throne and the title of Duke of
Windsor was granted to Edward. The dashing gentleman captivated the
world with his tale of sacrificing the throne for love. Throughout his
time in the spotlight, Edward the VIII sported the symmetrical necktie
knot with which American journalists and the general public ultimately
associated him as well.