How to Tie a Bow Tie

The bow tie is a descendant of the knotted cravat. It was born from the need for neckwear that was easier to wear than the cravat and that would last throughout a more active day. By the end of the 19th century, the butterfly and batwing bow tie were commonplace. Black bow ties were worn with dinner jackets and white bow ties with evening tails. Today bow ties are mainly worn on formal occasions, however, in the past decade bow ties for everyday wear have seen a rise in popularity. A bow tie is perfect for any man who likes to stand out among his peers.

See the instruction below with photos.

  • Step One

    Start with the bowtie lying face up. Adjust the bowtie so right side is shorter than the left. The end on the left will be referred to as A and the end on the right will be referred to as B.

  • Step Two

    Move A to the right side, across B.

  • Step Three

    Bring A under B and up through the neck loop.

  • Step Four

    At the joint, fold B towards the right and then towards the left to create a the bow shape.

  • Step Five

    Bring A stra­ight down over the middle of the bow shape that was made with B.

  • Step Six

    Fold A back towards the chest and pinch the fold.

  • Step Seven

    Push the pinched end (A) through the loop behind B.

  • Step Eight

    Pull on the folded parts of the bow to tighten.

  • Step Nine

    Adjust until balanced on both sides.

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