Learn how to tie a bow tie with these simple instructions. Once you do this once or twice, you will never need us again (atleast not for learning to tie a bow tie)! Please take note that these photo illustrations depict the way that you should see your tie when you are facing a mirror.

The Formal Bow Tie

The formal bow tie - either hand-tied or with a band, it should be of medium height and width and fitting cleanly over the tips of the wing collared dress shirt. The end of the bow tie can either be square or pointed, it really not of importance when tying. Traditional standards of sartorial elegance require a bow tie in black grosgrain - this is a tightly woven corded fabric, or in rayon and cotton, and sometimes a slightly textured silk of black color. In our day on formal occasions, lots of fellas express their unique taste by matching the hue, shade, color or pattern of their bow tie and vest.

How To Tie A Bow Tie
1. Begin with the end in your left palm extending 1 1/2 inches below that in your right palm.

How To Tie A Bow Tie
2. Cross the lengthier end over the shorter one and pass up through the loop that is made.

How To Tie A Bow Tie step 3 3. Create the front loop of the bow by doubling up the shorter end (the hanging part) and placing it across the shirt's collar points.

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4. Hold this front loop with your thumb and forefinger of the left hand. Lower the long end down over the front of the bow tie.

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5. Place your right forefinger that is pointing upward on the bottom half of the hanging piece. Now pass this piece up behind the front loop and...

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6. Push this loop you've just made though the knot behind the front loop (see illustrations). Simply even up the ends of the tie and tighten by tugging gently until it is to you liking.

  • When untying a tie never just pull the narrow end out. Simply follow the directions in reverse. That you did when learning how to tie a bow tie.