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                                          How to Tie a Winsor Knot
                                                By Hendrik Pohl

  Are you new to wearing neckties, but don't know how to tie one yet? You are not alone. In fact, only
few men know how to tie a good-looking necktie knot. Tying a tie may seem complicated, and even
confusing, but it really isn't. After all, there are over 180 different ways to tie a necktie. For our
purposes though, we'll just concentrate on the two most popular, and two best-looking necktie knots:
The half Windsor, and slightly larger double Windsor knot.

 If you know how to tie a necktie with those two knots, you will be in perfect shape to match the right tie
knot to each necktie design and different shirt collars. Both tie knots are closely related, and once you
know how to tie the smaller, single Windsor knot, learning how to tie the double Windsor knot is only a
short step away.

 First, let's focus on the single Windsor knot, or also known as the half Windsor knot. As with any tie
knot, start by flipping up your shirts collar and buttoning the top button. Then take your necktie and
place it around your neck with the broad end on the right side of your chest, and the narrow end on the
left. The back of the tie should be facing your body and your neck. Make sure that the broad end hangs
much lower than the narrow end. A goop point of reference is a marking in the back of your necktie.
There is a diagonal seam near the narrow end. The tie should be placed around your neck in a way
that the narrow end crosses over that seem. Cross the narrow end with the broad end to make a "V",
and pinch this intersection with your left hand thumb and forefinger.

 You'll want to hold onto this area until you are ready to cinch up the final knot. Next, with your right
hand take the broad end of the tie and loop it through the "V" near your collar. Then, without any twists
in it, bring the longer end around the entire bottom of the "V" just above your pinched area, then back
up and through, and tuck this long end in behind the loop you just made, and out through the bottom.
Tighten the knot and adjust it so that it is centered between your collars. Flip down your shirts collars
and you have a single Windsor knot!

 The single Windsor knot is a slightly smaller and more asymmetrical looking tie knot. It looks best on
shirts with a narrow collar spread. The best ties for a single Windsor knot are neckties made of thicker
material, solid color ties, as well as classic British striped ties.

 The double Windsor knot is done quite similar. It is called double Windsor knot since it requires the
broad end of the tie to be looped through the "V" twice - once on each side. So, start the same as with

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the single Windsor knot. Once you wrapped the broad end of the tie the first time through the "V", do
the same thing with the opposite laying part of the "V". The key to a good-looking double Windsor is to
ensure that each wrapping overlaps. There shouldn't be any gap inside the "V"!

 The double Windsor knot is the most sought after tie knot these days. Even searches on the Internet
for the "double Windsor knot" are higher than all other tie knots combined, only few men know how to
tie this popular knot. If you start with the single Windsor knot, and then practice the double Windsor for
10-15 minutes, you will be in good shape.

 The double Windsor knot is one of the largest and most symmetrical tie knots. It is a great looking knot
for shirts with a wider collar spread and if you wear Italian silk tie. Italians in particular value the
triangular and larger looking shape of the double Windsor.

H Pohl is an expert on men's fashion. His articles mostly focus on formal dress code and business
attire. He is also the owner and founder of, an online retailer specializing
in mens ties, bow ties, cufflinks, and pocket squares.

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              Tie Bars and Clip on Ties: Do These Make You Lazy to Tie Your Knots?
                                           By Bradlley Mckoy

Getting Tied to Tie Bars

 The corporate world has its snobs. They frown on men who wear clip on ties and they can spot one,
and these are usually the poor guys who hide behind flashy tie bars. Anyway, if the corporate snobs
know the rules, they have to concede that the office routine is not a $2000 plate event but a less formal
occasion worthy of simpler necktie knots.

 Well, men can be lazy. To fuss over a tie knot and waste precious minutes doing and undoing a knot
is a problem men do not want to bother with every morning. So why sweat needlessly when they can
speed this up by using clip on ties with matching tie slides or bars.

 Another reason for their dependence on clip on ties, though they will not admit it, is the strange fact
that they cannot master the elaborate half Windsor knot, which is done by making an additional loop
before filling up the tie's broad end before doing the final cinch knot.

Tie Knots That Knot You Up

 There are varied ways to knot your necktie ranging from the basic to the complicated. Whatever knot
you choose should go well with the fabric. You may use tie bars, tie tacks or tie pins to enhance the
appearance of your necktie. The easier knots are:

* Four-in-hand
* Double Simple
* Small knot
* Half Windsor

The complicated ones are:

* Full Windsor
* Cross knot

 The Windsor knot honors the Duke of Windsor who started the trend of using wider knots for
well-spaced collars. Thicker materials and custom-made shirts can accommodate this heavy triangular
knot. Tie bars for this type of fabric are thicker and stronger. Fortunately, this knot is not mandatory for
office or you'll stress yourself out before you perfect that straight necktie look with that superb knot
between the collars.

 The Cross knots also take five steps and when completed shows a cross on the knot, a smart finish. It
looks simple to do but you have to observe every detail. Keep on practicing doing these knots until you
can do it with your eyes closed or in your sleep. Your tie bars can wait.

 But tie bars have a more important role to play than just keeping your tie straight. It prevents your tie
from being gobbled up by the paper shredder. The tie bar clips your neckties to your shirt so there's no
danger of both ends getting into the maw of the shredder. Tie bars can also keep silk ties in place even

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when there is a strong gust of wind, keeping you looking cool and glam in any weather.

 Now you have excellent excuses for your neckties adorned with classy or jazzy tie bars. The furtive
looks at your neckties and your spiffy 14 karat or silver tie bars will stop and your boss will ignore your
simple four-in-hand even with the Queen around. But this must not be enough reason why you should
not try learning the ropes now.

Complete your professional look with the appropriate tie bars (, tie tacks (, and tie chains ( Take your pick from the best selections at

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