The knot that the half-Windsor produces is skinny, but wider than the four-in-hand. This dressy knot is suitable for business and formal occasions.
- Hang the tie around your neck. The wide end of the tie should be on your right side, the narrow end at your left. Extend the wide end a foot below the narrow end.
- Cross the wide end over the narrow end.
- Wrap the wide end behind the narrow end.
- Pull the wide end up over the neck loop so that it’s in your face.
- Wrap the wide end back down through the loop at your neck so that it points down again.
- Cross over the narrow end again. We are making a ‘bridge’, here, for the tie to cross under later. Tuck a couple of your fingers in here to keep it from flattening, so we can get the tie in here.
- Pull the wide end up through the loop at your neck.
- Bend the wide end down and tuck it through the ‘bridge’ that we made before.
- Pull the tie taut by sliding the knot. Before you draw the knot up, pinch the top of the wide end to create a dimple on the front of the tie.
The half-Windsor is a one-loop version of the full Windsor knot.
Celebrity examples of the half-Windsor knot: