How to Tie a Bow Tie

bt Many would admit that tying a bow tie is more difficult than tying a regular necktie. But you must learn the art of tying a bow tie if you’re going to wear one.

This article provides a step by step guide on how to tie a bow tie. All you need is some practice and a little dexterity, and you won’t have to rely on those pre-tied bow ties any longer.

Often worn be men in formal occasions, a bow tie speaks volumes about the man, even when it’s untied and hanging loosely around the neck at the end of the night. Hence it becomes all the more important to master the right way to tie one. Follow these steps to do just that.

Step 1: To begin tying the tie, adjust its length so that it fits your neck size.

Step 2: Lift up the collar of your shirt and place the tie around your neck in such a way that the ends hang down in front. Make sure one end hangs about 1½ inches lower than the other.

Step 3: Form a simple knot with the tie by bringing the longer end across, behind and over the shorter end. Pull the knot so that it fits snugly around your neck.

Step 4: Fold the shorter end at its widest point (where the hourglass shape starts narrowing) to form a bow shape. The bow shape needs to be in front. Hole the bow horizontally at your neck.


Step 5: Now bring the longer end over and in front of the shorter end.

Step 6: Fold the longer end in the same way as you folded the shorter one, to form a 2nd bow.

Step 7: Position the 2nd bow under the 1st bow.

Step 8: Tuck it into the knot, in the space behind the 1st bow.

Step 9: Make adjustments according to the shape of both the bows.

If the knot feels somewhat loose, you can pull it tight by giving a soft tug on the two parts of the tie that actually run under the collar.



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