Duke it Up With the Double Windsor | How to Tie a Tie

Check out our latest video on YouTube - Mynicetie.com’s Double Windsor Knot. The Double Windsor is one of our favorite knots to teach. It’s a quick and easy knot that is symmetrical, classic, and looks fantastic with a myriad of styles.

The Double Windsor is considered the most iconic knot for your favorite necktie. Named after the Duke of Windsor, who liked his knots wide with thick cloth, it is the most popular of the four major knots widely used by most people today.

Here are the key steps to tying the Double Windsor (and looking like a Duke).

Ensuring the Proper Length:

Begin by draping the tie with the wide end on your right side, with the seam facing down. The trick to getting the perfect length is to make the long end of your necktie about three inches longer than your right arm length. This should help you avoid going through all the steps and finding out the length is incorrect halfway through! Starting over can be frustrating, and this should be a fairly painless process.

The Over/Under Fun Part:

The next step is to cross the long end over the short end and pinch where they cross with your right hand, which should free up your left hand to tuck the wide end of the tie under and up through the hole between your necktie and your neck.

After you have brought up the wide-end through the hole, you’ll want to tighten that down to hold everything in place. You’ll notice that the long end of the tie should be on your left-hand side.

The next step is to take the long end and go under the short end to the right side of your body. You’ll also want to hold everything together with your left hand now so you can take the long end of the tie and bring it up and down through the hole between your neck and the center part of your necktie.

Getting the Final Look:

At this point, you should begin to see the basic formation of the double windsor knot. Now, you’ll want to take a minute to readjust or start shaping the knot to make it symmetrical. Also, make sure the folds are flat because this is the part that will hold the design of the knot.

The wide-end should be brought over the knot, covering it entirely, which you will then bring it under the knot, and up through the neckhole again; then slide it down between the underlying knot and now the front part of the necktie.

Tighten It Up:

Now comes the most important part of tying a necktie: tightening the knot.

The trick to this is to use your right thumb and forefinger to hold the wide end in place before you start pulling down to secure the knot. Doing this will help you determine the width and size of the knot.

Once you’ve tightened to your liking you can finish shaping the knot and pull the knot up comfortably to your neck.

There you have it: the Double Windsor Knot!

We hope that this knot-tying video will give you confidence to try this and many other knots we feature on our Youtube channel.

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