As much as people love the pre-tied four-in-hand knot we recommend knowing how to tie the Windsor Knot. This is our go-to knot at James & James. When tied correctly the knot is tight and doesn't slip away from the collar when you are wearing it. The knot itself will hold the tie firmly in place while still keeping space between the collar and the neck. It is a bigger than average knot, which amply displays the fabric and design of the tie when wearing a closed jacket or coat. A large knot can distract attention away from the wearer's face; therefore, a Windsor best complements a strong square or round face, or those sporting facial hair.
1. Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end on the left. The tip of the small end should rest slightly above your belly-button (this will vary depending on your height and the length & thickness of your tie). Only move the active (wide) end.
2. Wide end over the small end to the left.
3. Up into the neck loop from underneath.
4. Down to the left.
5. Around the back of the small end to the right.
6. Up to the center, towards neck loop.
7. Through the neck loop and down to the right.
8. Across the front to the left.
9. Up into the neck loop from underneath.
10. Down through the loop you've just created in the front.
11. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up & adjust.