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Shirt Patterns & How to Tie a Half Windsor

A Publication of Regan Clothiers, Ltd.
April 2009


Shirt patterns for spring
Shirt fabrics that once featured wide-opened expanses of background color between the patterns are now reading between the lines. The latest of shirt collections achieve an airy effect not so much from the usual expanse of white ground, but from the lightness of the lines that criss-cross it. You'll note the fine lines grouped into clusters and the accent stripes in subtle neutral tones that seem to pick up whatever color suit or tie is worn with them.

Instead of solid stripes in a single color on a solid ground, note the selection of multi-dimensional stripes and multi-hued checks. Such elements add an architectural sophistication to your wardrobe.

How to Tie the Half Windsor

(Your mirror reflection)

  1. Start with wide end of tie on your right and extending a foot below narrow end.
  2. Cross wide end over narrow and turn back underneath.
  3. Bring up and turn down through loop.
  4. Pass wide end around front from left to right.
  5. Then, up through loop...
  6. And down through knot in front. Tighten carefully and draw up to collar.

Q & A - Ask Jim

Question: I'm seeing a lot of fat tie knots lately. How do I get that look?

Answer: That smart, almost casual, more loosely wrapped European look is generally achieved with either a thicker, heavier weight tie to begin with, or by tying a full knot, sometimes with a combination of the two. You can get extra girth out of any tie with the Half Windsor knot. This look demands to be worn with a spread collar shirt. However, keep in mind the correct collar shapes and tie proportions to compliment your body shape.

The Half-Windsor is the less bulky version of the Windsor knot that supposedly originated shortly after the First World War. There is nothing halfway about the Half Windsor knot. It is the ideal knot for gentlemen who prefer perfect symmetry and balance between their shirt collar points. If you prefer to tie a larger knot make it a Half Windsor.

Although the Duke of Windsor claimed he never tied his tie this way and rejected the credit--this large, handsome knot and its accompanying namesake endures to this day.