How To Tie a Neck Tie | Half Windsor Knot

The half windsor knot is an excellent knot to choose for your tie as it separates yourself from those who are using very basic knots for their ties and creates comfort in knowing that your knot looks amazing and sophisticated without being too over the top. If your looking for something that looks professional, but also shows that you're a laid-back kind of gentlemen then this is the knot for you! At the end of this tutorial you will finish with a slightly smaller and subtle knot than the traditional full-windsor knot. Now, let's get into what we are really here for, tying the half windsor knot!

 Half Windsor Knot | How To Tie A Tie 



  1. Place the tie around your neck with the wide end on the left and the skinny end on the right. Position the wide end lower than the skinny end.
  2. Cross the wide end over the skinny end towards the right.
  3. Cross it underneath the skinny end towards the left.
  4. Fold it up through the neck loop and then pass it down to the right side.
  5. Cross it over the skinny end towards the left.
  6. Fold it up through the neck loop from underneath.
  7. Pass it down through the loop you’ve created in the knot.
  8. Pull down on the wide end to fasten the knot and then slide it up towards your neck.


Things to consider with the Half-Windsor Knot

-Remember to allow plenty of fabric on the wide end of the tie to complete the knot successfully. You don't want to end up with a tie that is too short!
-This type of tie knot works most successfully with a skinny or slim tie, so our slim ties are perfect for this type of knot!
-If you are a beginner or are just learning to tie a tie for an upcoming occasion, we certainly recommend trying to master the half windsor knot first before trying the full windsor knot. You'll thank us later as it's a little bit easier to manage!
-Don't be fooled by its title of "half windsor". In fact, it's actually not half the size of the full windsor, but rather about 75% of the size. 

Tips and Tricks

When tying your neck tie, if the tie is too long, try again with the narrow end of the tie a bit lower. If it's too short, try again with the narrow end a bit higher. You should be more successful the second time around!

Never give up! Lots of us only tie knots once in a blue moon. Practice a few times and you'll get the hang of it!

 All our neck ties at Mr. Bow Tie are made with 100% cotton material. They may need a quick steam refresh with an iron once they have been tied to get out any kinks in the fabric.

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