The Half Windsor.
Considered one of the most popular tie knots.
The features include:
And appropriate for the majority of professional occasions.
If you’re just learning to tie a tie, the Half Windsor should be your first option.
As the name implies, the Half Windsor knot is a shortened variation of the Windsor knot.
- The knot is medium in size.
- The triangle formed is symmetrical
- When tied correctly, it produces a deep and substantial dimple.
- Best used with neckties of a medium to light thickness.
- Business appropriate in terms of formality.
- Relatively easy to learn.
- Because of the smaller size of the knot, the Half-Windsor works well with medium spread collars, point collars, and button down collars.
The Half Windsor knot is actually closer to three-quarters the size of the Windsor knot.
The main features of the Half Windsor tie knot are:
This makes it a better proportional choice for taller men or those who have a fuller chest, as it uses less of the necktie than the Windsor.
The Half Windsor knot works perfectly for moderately formal situations. The triangular knot evens out proportions and adds a bit of vertical height to a squat face. The smaller symmetrical knot also compliments most medium sized faces.
Follow the instructions below for this easy to secure tie-knot.
Step 1 – Half Windsor Tie Knot
Secure the top button of your shirt and raise the collar up.
Drape the necktie around your collar with the wide end on your right and the thin end on your left with the seams facing down. Pull the wide end down so it hangs around your thigh.
Adjust the positioning of the thin end based on the length of the tie. To start with, let it hang around your rib cage.
Step 2 – Half Windsor Tie Knot
Cross the wide end in front of the thin end from right to left in front of your chest. This results in an X-shape below your chin.
Step 3 – Half Windsor Tie Knot
Loop the wide end of the tie horizontally around and behind the thin end.
Step 4 – Half Windsor Tie Knot
Next, take the wide end over from the top and through the opening of the X-shape created in Step 2.
At this point, the seams of the wide end should be facing outwards. The thin end should be in front of the wide end.
Pull the wide end tight and secure the loop created around the X-shape.
Step 5 – Half Windsor Tie Knot
Hold the wide end with your right hand.
Wrap it in front over the thin end, from your right to your left.
Step 6 – Half Windsor Tie Knot
Keeping the triangle intact with your left hand, bring the wide end towards your chest and from behind the loop, pass it over the X-shape at the centre from behind.
At this point, the wide end should be in front, with the seams facing down.
This is also a good place to check the finished length of the tie. Hold the triangle created against your top button and check the length of the wide end in front.
Step 7 – Half Windsor Tie Knot
Using the index finger of your left hand, create space in the triangle that has now formed over the X-shape. Pass the wide end through the loop created and pull it all the way through.
Your tie-knot is created. Hold the knot and pull the wide end down until taut.
Press down on the fabric with your index finger on the centre, right under the knot to create a dimple in your tie.
Step 8 – Half Windsor Tie Knot
To adjust the length of the tie, hold the knot with the index finger and thumb of your left hand and pull it up towards your collar while pulling the thin end of the tie down.
Check that the tip of the tie barely brushes the waistband of your trousers or the top of your belt buckle.
Pass the thin end of the tie through the fabric tab on the backside of the thicker end. Adjust the knot as needed by gripping it with one hand and pulling on the thin end with the other.
You may need to adjust the horizontal loop with your fingers to make sure it’s flat and even. Ensure the triangle is at the centre, in front of the top button of your shirt.
Turn the collar down and tuck the fabric under the fold.
To undo the tie, simply pull the narrow end from one end while holding the triangle firm with the other.
The half Windsor is a simple knot that can be worn just about anywhere.
The only time this knot could be inappropriate is when the fabric of the tie is too thick or the length is too short.
If you don’t already have a preferred tie knot, make the Half Windsor your default.