The Double Windsor Knot: The “Big Papa” of Tie Knots
The Double Windsor knot, also known as the Full Windsor knot, is one of the most prestigious necktie knots. Compared to the most common tie knot, the 4-in Hand knot, the Double Windsor is larger, triangular, and more symmetrical.
Because of its size and refined shape, it adds a certain amount of cache to the man who wears it. It has presence and it projects confidence. Look at any world leader, dignitary or diplomat, and there’s a good chance he’ll be sporting a Double Windsor knot.
After witnessing the glory that is the Double Windsor Knot, it’s hard not to see the 4-in-hand as a little puny.
That said, not everyone can wear a Double Windsor all the time. A couple factors to consider:
- Proportions: Because of its width, the Double Windsor is going to work a little better for a man with a larger neck or head than for a smaller man
- Collar width: the Double Windsor will also work best for a shirt with a wider collar opening, like a spread collar
If you can pull it off, the Double Windsor is a great knot to wear at your next job interview or important meeting. Not only is it more substantial, but it shows an attention to detail that sets you apart.
In the video above, I show you how to tie the Double Windsor. While it takes a few tries to get the knot right, once you get the hang of it, you may never go back to a regular tie knot again.
If you give it a try, please leave a comment below and let me know how it goes!
You may also want to check out these other video posts on related knots: