How to Tie a Bow Tie

How to Tie a Bow Tie

More gentlemen are finding a bow tie to be a perfect accessory in a variety of occasions. They’re not just for college professors anymore—bow ties are a fantastic option for anyone looking to add a distinctive flair to his wardrobe.

There’s a practical side to wearing a bow tie. They never find their way into your dinner or twist themselves around—and they’re easier to tie than you may think.

Here’s how to tie a bow tie without losing your cool:

  1. Place your tie around your neck, with one end slightly longer than the other. Cross the longer end over the shorter one, then bring that same longer end under the shorter and up, next to your neck. Pull the ends until the knot is comfortably snug.
  2. Fold the shorter end in half sideways, so that it looks like a bow and is thinnest in the middle. Bring the end with the fold across to the other side of your neck. The single-layer end remains on that side of your neck.
  3. Bring the longer end back down over the middle of the ensemble, where the folded tie thins.
  4. Fold the longer end in half, just as you did with the shorter end. Squeeze the end with the fold through the small loop of fabric behind the bow.
  5. Straighten the entire apparatus until it looks clean and symmetrical.
  6. Practice this technique a few times, and you’ll have a tie-tying skill that will serve you your entire life.

Remember that you tie a bow tie with the exact same knot you use to tie your shoes.  If you’re still struggling, sit down and practice tying the bow a few times around your leg.

J Kent Erickson
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