How to Tie a Square Knot Necktie

by Lane Cummings ; Updated September 28, 2017

While this Windsor isn't perfect, it's a good example of the clean lines and sharp edges of a typical Windsor knot.

Necktie image by Nikolay Okhitin from Fotolia.com

When it comes to tying neckties, three popular knots used include the four-in-hand, half Windsor and Windsor. According to askandyaboutclothes.com, the Windsor knot was: "...introduced, but probably not invented by the Duke of Windsor, abdicated King Edward VIII who wore the knot when he was Prince of Wales." The square shape of this knot makes it suitable for "...spread shirt collar styles" states askandyaboutclothes.com, giving the entire outfit a polished, finished appearance.

Lay the tie around your neck with the broader end of the tie on your right side, hanging 1 foot lower than the skinny end of the tie.

Cross the broad end of the tie on top of the skinnier end. The necktie is now making a loop around your neck. Yank the broader end up through that loop.

Bring the broader end of the tie down through the loop, and wrap it around the skinny end of the tie again, pulling the wide side out to the right.

Cross the broad end of the tie again on top of the skinny end. Bring it up through the loop that the necktie makes around your neck again.

Slip the broad end of the tie underneath the outer layer of the knot made around the skinny end of the tie.

Tighten the tie by pulling it up to your throat while squeezing the bottom of the knot and pulling upward, and pulling down on the hanging ends of the tie.

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Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."