How to Tie a Tie – Full Windsor Knot

How to Tie a Tie

Learn how to tie a tie in 5 minutes with these simple steps. Before we start, you should note that every tie has a narrow end and a wide end. Regardless of which position you place each end, it won’t affect the process on how to tie a tie.

  1. Begin by crossing the wide end over the narrow end.
  2. Take the wide end back through the loop around your neck.
  3. Take the wide end over the narrow end in the same direction as step 1.
  4. Fold the wide end underneath the narrow end.
  5. Take the wide end up…
  6. And back through the loop in the same direction as step 4.
  7. Fold the wide end horizontally over the narrow end.
  8. Bring the wide end up through the loop once more, like you did in step 2.
  9. Pull the wide end through the knot.

The tie is a thick, wide, triangular knot that’s completely symmetrical. It is best suited for shirts with a wide spread collar thus, best used for formal occasions like weddings, presentations and important business meetings.

Video by  tiehole

This demonstration should take about five minutes
and be at a pace that you can follow along to.
Before we start you should note your tie has a skinny end and a fat end.
Your first decision is going to be which side of your body you place the ends.
It doesn’t matter which side your tie goes on, it won’t affect the tie tying process
I have posted a mirror image of this video if that suits you better.
Not only does your tie have two ends, it has two different sides:
the face side is smooth, and the seam side
is on the back.

We’re going to start with the seam side down so take your tie,
and with the seam side down, place it around your neck
flat against your body, again with the seam side down.
Here’s where we adjust for length. You pull on the fat end so that the skinny end is
about at your rib cage. Now choosing length is a very difficult step, it’s a very
important step, but in this part of the process we’re just trying to tie
the tie properly, so we’re going to skip it. We will get to it later
now we’re going to take the fat end and cross it over the skinny end
move the skinny and over take the fat end cross it over the skinny end,
making an “X”.

You’ll notice I have one hand holding the bottom of the “X”.
To simplify the process I’m going to have one hand do all the work while the
other hand just holds the center of the “X”.
The center of the “X” becomes the knot
so I’m going to call the hand that holds the “X”, the “knot hand”. Choose which hand
you want to be the “knot hand” and take hold of the center of the “X”.
make sure you have a good grip and don’t let go
but feel free to adjust later if you need to.
Now the space between the center of the “X” and your neck
is what i call the tie hole
it’s this area here
now there’s four places we can put the tie
we can make the tie come out of the hole
we can make the tie go into the hole
we can make the tie go behind the hole
and we can make the tie go across the hole
the first step we’re going to do is take the tie and make it go out of the hole
so take the tie and make it go out of the hole
i do that by placing my hand in the front of the tie
and then just push it straight up through the hole
with it half way through you can use your knot hand to hold the bottom of the tie
as you move your working hand around
pull the rest of the tie through
flipping it over and let it fall in front of you
now we’re going to take the tie and make it go behind the hole
so go ahead and grab the tie
pull it over to the side
and just push it straight through behind the hole
i’m going to place it on my shoulder so you can see that the seam here
is now facing out
also take note
that this part here is kind of low
now w’re going to take the tie
and make it go in to the hole
I’m going to grab under
flip it around and push it through the hole
as I’m halfway through I’m going to grab it with my pinky, it’s not necessary,
just go ahead and pull the rest of it through
again, now flipping it so the seam side is showing
take a good look at the knot here feel free to give a small tug on the tie
at the end of every step
you don’t want it too tight, but then again not too loose
we’re not going to take the tie and go across the hole
so take the tie, pull it over the side
and then make it go across the hole
at this point I have a good tip for you
before you go across the hole, put your finger right here
again I’m going to place the tie on my shoulder just so you can see
that the face is now showing
the next step is to take the tie and make it go out of the hole again
as we do that we’re going to kind of flip it
to take the time kind of just
push your fingers around and through
again as you make the tie go out of the hole
you’re going to flip it over so again the face is showing. In future it’s at this
point you may want to switch hands
but then you won’t have the benefit of the tip i gave earlier
to finish your going to take the fat end of the tie
and put it behind the across step
it’s kind of hard to explain where that is, which is why i told you to put your
finger there, so take the fat end
and make it go right where your finger is
again i’m using one hand here
but at this point it can be easier to just grab the fat end with that one
finger either way you’re going to pull the fat end through and keep pulling
until the knot is tight as you’re pulling the knot tight make sure not to
lose the skinny end
you can squeeze the bottom to help form the proper shape
pulling the two tops apart will also help
to tighten the tie around her neck grab the skinny end with one hand and the
bottom of the knot with the other hand
and now you do a “pull and slide” motion pull in the skinny end
slide the knot, pull, slide
tidy up a bit make sure everything looks nice
and now you can flip your collar down
it’s at this point you should also do up the top button give it one more tighten
and you’re all done now we just need to get the proper length and maybe a little faster.