What can be more elegant than a man dressed up in a three piece suit? Probably, the one who compliments it with a necktie. The Windsor knot also referred to as a Double Windsor or a full Windsor knot, is another variant of the Half Windsor knot and is about 25% bigger than the latter one. 

The Windsor knot can be tied in four different ways; however the easiest technique is explained here to make it simple for the beginners. 

Step-1 Take a tie of your choice and stand in front of the mirror. 

Step-2 With the wide end hanging on your right side and the narrow end on the left one, adjust the necktie such that the vertical distance between both the ends is 12 inches. 

Step-3 Cross the wide end from right over to the narrow end. 

Step-4 A loop would be formed between your collar and tie by now. Take the wide end, bring it up through the loop and back down towards the left side. 

Step-5 The wide end from the left side should now be pulled beneath the narrow end to emerge from the right side.

Step-6 Bring the wide end through the loop again, this time bringing it back to the right side. Your wide end is now inside out.

Step-7 Bring the wide end from right to left in front of the narrow end and pull it through the loop again from the left side.

Step-8 The wide end should now be brought down through a knot formed in the front.

Step-9 Tighten the knot carefully and draw it up to the center of the collar.

Easy, isn’t? It hardly takes two minutes to execute this piece of art for there’s no technicality involved and you can easily master the skill with a little practice. 

With the fluctuating trends in the fashion industry, necktie has emerged as a symbol of class and professionalism. It imparts confidence to the overall personality, given the fact that the knot style is well thought out and suits the physique of an individual. 

Producing a wide, symmetrical triangular knot, Windsor knot is the noblest choice a man can add to his repertoire. History states that it was invented by George V who was very fond of wide knots and he named it after his son, King Edward VIII who was the Duke of Windsor. The magnitude of its nobility can be estimated from the fact that every personnel in the Royal Air Force of England and Canadian Forces wear the Windsor knot.

Owing to its bulky size, the Windsor knot looks best with spread or cutaway collars and should be avoided with narrow collar shirts because they won’t be able to accommodate such a big knot. Its symmetrical appearance makes it a fabulous choice for formal gatherings, business and political meetings and courtroom appearances. 

To attain the perfect look, the tie chosen for a Windsor knot should be made up of a light fabric and must be about 4 centimeters longer than a conventional tie because it takes up extra fabric compared to other commonly used knots. It is an ideal choice for individuals having ample facial hair and the ones with a square or round face, long necks and a tall physique. 

Ever wondered what lies behind the immense popularity of the Windsor knot? Simply put, its pros far outweigh the cons. When tied correctly, it is well-balanced, keeps the tie in place and is extremely comfortable on the side of the wearer.  It is self-releasing and all that is required to untie the knot is to pull the narrow end of the tie. 

In a closed jacket or coat, the wide size of the knot gives a clear display of the tie’s fabric and design. Lastly, it imparts grace and covers a greater surface of the neck, keeping it warm during the chilly winter months. The only disadvantage that comes with this knot is the expertise required in tying it but I assure you that with a little practice, you can excel in a few days.