As mentioned above, the Half-Windsor is simply a smaller version of the Full Windsor. This tie can be worn for similar occasions and it is also meant to be symmetrical, although it can seem to be a little less so than the Full Windsor. This type of knot is ideal for thinner ties and ties that are not very thick. It is probably more popular than the Full Windsor because it is meant to be used with thinner ties, which is currently more in style.
The Half Windsor is done in the same way as the Full Windsor except that it is looped into the collar once instead of twice. This is why the know as a whole seems smaller and why it works better with thinner ties. Smaller knots are better for shirts with smaller collars and would look weird with a large collared shirt. It would also look great with a shirt that has a spread collar. Please make sure you pay attention to these kinds of details!
Begin by placing the tie around your neck with the wider end hanging over the left side and the narrow end over the right. Make sure that the thicker end hangs lower.
Pull the the wide end over the narrow end towards your right and then up into the loop between the tie and your neck. Once through, it should be able to hang down over the narrow end.
Wrap the larger end of the tie once around the thinner end and back up into the loop as in the last step.
Bring the thicker end through the space in your knot and gently pull it through to tighten the knot and voila!
The finished product should look something like this:
You can see that this knot is smaller than the Full Windsor. If you are still having difficulty getting this knot done check out this very helpful YouTube video for a detailed step-by-step guide on perfecting this knot.
There are numerous types of knots for numerous types of shirts and occasions, but these three basic knots should be more than enough to get you by anything life throws at you. One VERY important tip to know when tying a knot, is that you have to keep your knot tight at each step, otherwise the knot will come out loose or uneven. We hope you found this guide helpful and that you learned one of the most basic and essentials skills a man should have!
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~The Vizoni Team~