The Half Windsor
Whether you went to prep school, church on the weekend, or school assemblies, tying the Windsor is something we all learnt through the old rhyme: “The rabbit went round the tree twice, under the bush, leapt over the log and down into his hole.” The Windsor is one of the most ubiquitous styles of necktie knots, but it’s also designed to work with a semi-spread or full-spread collar. It is the duke of necktie knots, the nobility of noose-tightening that you pick up from your younger school days. The Windsor is one of the most formal knots you can make with a necktie, but there are a few other variations you should know. The half-windsor is the casual sibling to its royal cousin, and is far more convenient to tie. It also forms a smaller knot, that is suited for a narrower spread or for less formal occasions. It bears all the qualities of the Windsor, but with half the sobriety and double the entertainment.