If you are anything like most of the men I know, you have been learning how to tie a bow tie for at least 3 years. Not because it is such a difficult task but because you probably just don’t wear a bow tie very often. Or maybe when you wear one, it is pre-tied.
Let me just come out and say it: pre-tied bow ties just don’t look good, simply because they look just a bit too perfect. the thing is, bow ties aren’t about perfection, they are about personality. Glued fabric doesn’t give your bow tie, or any tie for that matter character. Tying your own bow tie will help you avoid the boring, stiff perfection of a pre-tied.
The One Difficult Step
There is only one step in tying your bow tie that is a bit more on the difficult side. Once you have mastered step #7 in our guide listed below, you will be tying more bows than you do during the holiday season. The most difficult step is tucking one half of the bow through a loop of fabric behind the other half of the bow. It might feel like it’s impossible, but don’t give up.
The Best How-Tos
Before you can go out let people shower you with compliments on how amazing your bow tie looks, you will need to nail the basics. We have listed a step-by-step guide down below so you can fine-tune your approach.
Hang the bow tie flat around your neck, pulling side A longer than side B by approximately 1.5 inches.
Bring A across B close to your neck to prevent the tie from becoming too loose.
Continue to bring A up behind B, forming a simple and loose knot.
Fold B to make a bow tie shape by pulling it to the left and then folding it back over itself to the right. The fold should be directly between the collar points.
Drape A over the front of B.
Fold A and pass it through the loop behind B.
Continue pulling A through the loop, without pulling it completely through. This will form the back half of the bow.
Tighten the knot and adjust until even by pulling on opposite sides simultaneously. Pull the front left and back right section to tighten, and the front right and back left end apart to loosen.