That is exactly the case with the Full Windsor tie-knot.
The Duke of Windsor, Prince Edward, never actually used the Windsor knot.
He favored a wide triangular, Four-In-Hand knot with an extra thick tie.
The Windsor knot was an imitation by the public to achieve his trendsetting style with even an ordinarily tie.
It is believed that the Duke’s father, George V invented the Windsor knot.
A properly-tied Windsor offers the following advantages:
- Creates a firm knot with a symmetrical shape.
- It has a very large triangle that compliments a spread or cutaway collar.
- It is a self-releasing knot, which means that undo it, all you have to do is pull the narrow end through the knot.
- When tied correctly the knot is secure and tight and does not slip away from the collar during wear.
- The knot creates a comfortable space between the collar and the neck while holding the tie in place.
The shape of the Full Windsor is the same as that of the Half Windsor, but it is 25% larger than the Half-Windsor knot.
Follow the 11 steps below and with some practice, you’ll be tying the classic Full Windsor knot in well under two minutes!
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Characteristics Of The Full Windsor
Start by securing the top button of your shirt and raise the collar.
Step 1 – A Full Windsor Tie Knot
Drape the necktie around your collar with the wide end of the tie on the right and the slim end on the left.
The tip of the slim end should rest slightly below your rib cage. This length will vary depending on the length of your torso along with the length and thickness of your tie. Make sure the thick end is hanging 4-6 inches lower than the waistband of your trousers.
When adjusting for length, move the wide end.
Step 2 – A Full Windsor Tie Knot
Cross the wide end horizontally in front of the slim end, making an X-shape just below your chin.
Step 3 – A Full Windsor Tie Knot
Tuck the wide end up and beneath the loop around your neck, coming out point-upward behind the newly-formed X-shape.
Use one finger to hold the X-shape in place.
Step 4 – A Full Windsor Tie Knot
Pull the wide end all the way down. Make sure the X-shape and the loop you just formed are snug and tight.
Step 5 – A Full Windsor Tie Knot
Bring the wide end around behind the knot and pass it horizontally from right to left.
You should end up with the tip of the wide end pointing to your left, and its seam should be facing outward.
Step 6 – A Full Windsor Tie Knot
Flip the wide end tip upward and tug it diagonally across the front of the knot.
You’re not tucking it through anything at this stage. Just passing it across the front, so that the tip points upward and the seam is facing inward.
Step 7 – A Full Windsor Tie Knot
Loop the wide end over the top of the loop around your collar and bring it back down, emerging to the left of the thin end. At this point the wide end should be pointed tip-downward, with its seam facing out.
You should be able to see two diagonal bands framing the knot, one on the right side and one on the left.
Step 8 – A Full Windsor Tie Knot
Bring the wide end horizontally across the front of the knot, from left to right. You should end up with the tip pointed to your right and the seam facing inward.
This forms a horizontal band across the front of the knot.
Tuck a finger through it and hold it in place to pass the tie through it in step 10.
Step 9 – A Full Windsor Tie Knot
Bring the wide end underneath the loop one more time, around the collar with the tip aiming upward. The seam should be facing outward.
Step 10 – A Full Windsor Tie Knot
Turn the wide end downward and slide the tip through the horizontal loop you’ve saved with your finger in step 8.
The wide end should be pointed straight down, with the seam facing inward, lying directly atop the thin end.
Step 11 – A Full Windsor Tie Knot
Pull the wide end all the way down and smooth out any creases or slack in the knot.
Adjust the tie by holding the knot with a thumb and forefinger while pulling on the slim end with your other hand.
Tuck the slim end into the tie tab on the back of the wide end. Lower your collar and ensure no part of the tie is visible from under the collar on the back of your neck.
Check the length of your tie. The tip should graze the top of your belt buckle or the waistband of your trousers.
If the tie is unbalanced, untie the knot and try again giving yourself more or less length to work with.
If your tie keeps coming up short, try the Half Windsor knot instead, since the Full Windsor requires a longer tie length.
Points to consider about the Full Windsor Knot:
- A large and thick knot like the Full Windsor can distract attention away from the wearer’s face, it best compliments a strong square, or round face, or one with facial hair.
- For correct wear, the tie should be at least 4 centimetres (about 1.6 inches) longer than a conventional tie.
- The thick knot at the collar in a Full Windsor uses a lot of fabric. Use a classic, long silk tie to tie it. Avoid tweed or knitted ties as they will be too bulky for this knot.
- Full-Windsor knots go best at highly formal events, such as weddings or business meetings with highly important or powerful individuals.
- This should be the go to knot for men who are stout, or have wider necks. The Windsor will look appropriately proportional with your face and build.
- Use darker tones and more spaced-out patterns with this knot. The Windsor can appear overwhelming when the tie has bright or gaudy patterns.
- Since the full-Windsor is larger, it also appears highly formal.
- Wear the Windsor any time you have a tie with plenty of spare length and you want a thick, full-bodied knot.
The Full Windsor is on the larger end of necktie knots, maintains a classic feel and shows that you know your business.
Use this knot if you want to project an image of power, confidence and authority.