How To Tie A Bowtie

Despite any unfounded rumors you may have heard, tying a bow tie is as easy as tying your shoe. Just use this tying guide and your bowtie will always look it’s jaunty best. If you like, print this guide and hang it on your mirror, then match the movements to those seen below. The illustrations appear as you would see yourself in the mirror. So when we say “left”, we mean the “left” you see in the mirror.

Step one: tying a bowtie1. Slide the uniformed tie under your collar, Extend the end on the right 1” further than the end on the left..
Step two: tying a bowtie2. Cross the long end over the short end. Then pass it back up and through the loop at your neck, making it a loose, overhand knot. Gently tighten the knot so it fits snugly around your neck.

Step three: tying a bowtie3. Fold the lower hanging end up and to the left, as shown. Make sure the unfolded end is hanging down over the front of the bow.

Step four: tying a bowtie4. Pull the bow ends forward and gently squeeze them together, forming an opening behind them. Now, turn to the right and notice the opening you’ve created.
Step five: tying a bowtie5. With your left thumb or forefinger push the wide, middle part of the tie and your finger up through the opening from left to right, taking care not to let the end of the tie pass all the way trough the opening. Use your right hand to help pull the back loop through.

Step six: tying a bowtie6. Your bow tie will be uneven at this point. Although a few bowtie enthusiasts purport a preference for this look, we suggest that some tightening is in order. This is where you fashion you own unique style. With a large knot or a small one. With dimpled bows or smooth.

Last step: tying a bowtie7. Gently maneuvering, pull the loops and watch the knot grow smaller. Then, pull both flat ends and loops, lightly tugging up and down to straighten. This tightens the knot…and viola! Your bow is tied. With a bit of practice, you’ll give your bowtie the dash, the flair that is yours and yours alone. And always remember, if at first you don’t succeed, tie, tie again.

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