Monday, December 28, 2009

In Praise Of: The Spread Collar With the Full Windsor

The Full Windsor (a/k/a the Windsor or Double Windsor) is the most fulsome and congruent of the major necktie knots.  It is also my favorite tie knot for a spread collar (like the one in the photo).  The spread collar's expanse calls for a knot with some impact, and the Windsor is the best tool for the job unless your tie is cut wide or made of a thick material.  The Windsor's thickness and heft keep the collar standing at attention throughout even a long day.

Unfortunately, many inexpensive satin ties are simply too thin, even in a full Windsor, to ever carry a spread collar.  These ties are generally not worth keeping anyway.

I do not recommend the Full Windsor with a straight collar (example here) because the Windsor is not an especially long knot (compared to the four-in-hand tied with a thick tie).  Generally, the Windsor will end a half-inch or more above the points of such a collar, leading to a somewhat cluttered and unbalanced look.  However, if your tie is unusually thick and luxurious, and you can get a long, thick dimple (as pictured in the link), the knot assemblage may be just substantial enough to carry the day.


  1. Just an FYI, J.A. Banks is running one of their buy one suit, get two free sales. Should be worth checking out as you can usually get three nice suits for $500.

  2. Jos. A Bank is overpriced. This may be the only deal worth looking at.

  3. On the other hand, if you get the elusive buy one, get three free, their Signature Gold suits are quite a deal.


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