My favorite knot because of the look, the half-windsor is a classic and modest knot. If you tie this knot right, it should come out looking like a triangle, making the overall look of your tie very symmetric. This knot has personally always been a very crisp knot for me, and I tie it tight and small to get it to look its best.
Here are the steps to tying this knot:
1. line up the wide end of your tie on the left side of your body, extending down to just below your belly button. Lengths are always tricky and depend on how tight your knot is, so be prepared to adjust for yourself. Typically the end of the tie should set right at your belt.
2. Cross the wide end of the tie over top of the narrow end and around the back so it’s wrapped around back to the side you started on.
3. Bring the wide end up and through the loop that was created in the previous step, back down to the same position it started in.
4. Bring the wide end over the narrow side again, and then up through the loop. Keep the wide end of the tie that went over the narrow end a little loose, as you’ll need to stick the tie into it.
5. After bring the tie up through the loop in the last step (from back to front, remember), bring the tie down through the loop created between the wide end and the narrow end (this should be a loose loop that was just created in the previous step).
6. The most important part is now. You have a bunch of pieces of tie together, all a little more loose than you want. As you’re bring the tie through the loop, make sure it’s even. With both hands, tighten down the knot nice and tight, being extra careful to keep both sides even and crisp. Don’t completely tighten it down yet.
7. You should now be able to hold the narrow end and slide the knot up to your neckline, keeping it close but not letting it choke you. Take an extra minute to tighten down the knot now that it’s up near your neck, and then readjust.
That’s it! You should have a (nice) knot for any occassion.