How to Tie a Military Tie

by Danielle Dean ; Updated September 28, 2017

Military members are known for looking professional in their dress uniforms. To help maintain that look they use the Windsor Knot. The Windsor Knot is a thick, wide and triangular tie knot, also regarded as the most formal and upper-class of the necktie realm. The best part is if you can remember “Loop, Swoop and Pull” you can do it.

Items you will need

  • Tie
  • Mirror
Step 1

Pull up the collar on your shirt and fix your top button.

Step 2

Wrap the tie around your neck. The wide end should hang around a foot below the narrow end. Cross the wide end over the narrow end. Make sure that the wide end is on the side of your dominant hand.

Step 3

Loop the wide end through the hole between the collar and your tie. Pull back down.

Step 4

Swoop the wide end clockwise under the narrow end twice. When you finish, the wide end should be inside out. This is going to form the tie knot.

Step 5

Throw the wide end across the tie knot.

Step 6

Pull the wide end up through the loop again.

Step 7

Pull the wide end down through the knot in front.

Step 8

Bring the knot up to your neck using both hands to tighten it.

Step 9

Put down your collar. Look in the mirror to do any final adjustments.


  • Looks great on guys with long necks. Be sure to double check your tie length.


  • Don’t use this knot with ties made of thick material. Ties that are too short look silly. Ties that are too long look sloppy.

About the Author

Danielle Dean is a 2003 Magna Cum Laude graduate from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She expanded into freelance writing in 2005. Dean joined Ehow in 2006 and has been publishing since that time.