How to Tie a Tie

Guy GTying a tie, the moment of dread for any cadet and these days the parent, has come upon them. The Air Training Corps issues each cadet with a black polyester tie for wearing with their long sleeved Wedgewood Blue shirt. As the Air Training Corps has standards, it uses a real tie, not a clip on or elasticated low standard thing that has been embraced by the fluffy brigade.

The Windsor knot is the only tie knot that is to be used by all personnel in the Royal Air Force and the Air Training Corps when wearing their black tie while in uniform.

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When tied correctly the knot is tight and does not slip away from the collar during wear. It is very comfortable to wear, as the knot itself will hold the tie firmly in place while still keeping space between the collar and the neck.  The knot is symmetrical, well-balanced, and self-releasing (i.e., it can be undone entirely by pulling the tie’s narrow end up through the knot). More the point it cannot be “peanuted” that is when some idiot pulls on the tie to make the tie as small as possible.

The Windsor knot is a thick, wide and triangular tie knot that projects confidence. So apart from wearing with your uniform it would therefore be your knot of choice for presentations, job interviews, and for some cadets, courtroom appearances. It is best suited for spread collar shirts and it’s actually quite easy to do.

Why is it called a Windsor Knot?  

duke_windsor_300x418-215x300The knot is often thought to be named after the Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII before his abdication).  The Duke preferred a wide knot and had his ties specially made with thicker cloth in order to produce a wider knot.  As a trend setter of the time, the public wanted to copy this style so the Windsor Knot was invented to emulate the Duke’s wide knot with ties made from normal thickness cloth.

The Windsor Knot is often frowned upon in other Armed Services or Regiments of the British Forces through its association with the Duke of Windsor, who became a potential ‘pretender’ to the Throne following his abdication. However The Windsor knot is the tie knot used by the Canadian Forces, regardless of service.