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Bow Tie Knot

Did you know that less than 1% of adult men actually know how to tie their own bow ties? While pre-tied bow ties do exists, set yourself apart by learning how to tie your own. In theory it is quite similar to tying your shoes. To learn this gentlemanly skill, I put together these simple 9-step instructions.
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Tie a Bow Tie Video Instructions

Bow Tie Knot Step by Step Instructions

The Bow Tie Knot is used to tie a bow tie and is worn to give you a formal and elegant appearance. A “black tie occasion”, where the bow tie is worn with a tuxedo, or a wedding are two typical events that are perfect for wearing a bow tie. To tie the Bow Tie Knot, select a bow tie of your choice and stand in front of a mirror. Then simply follow the steps below:

Bow Tie Knot

Pull up your collar and lay the bow tie around your neck. One side should hang 4-5 inches lower than the other. Then cross the longer end over the shorter end.

Bow Tie How to

Create a half knot just like you do when tying your shoe laces.

Tie a Bow Tie

Keep a finger on the half knot to keep it tight. Then fold the shorter end of the bow tie in half. It should start to look like a bow tie.

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Take the longer end of the bow tie and pull it over the half folded bow tie.

How to tie a mens bow tie

Now half fold the unfolded part of the bow tie.

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Just like you do when tying your shoes, pull the bow tie through the loop at the back of the bow. Do so by pushing and pulling along the fold.

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Pull/push only half way through.

instructions for tying a bow tie

Pull on both sides of the bow and pull tight. As a little trick, put your index fingers through each of the loops and pull outwards.

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Tug and pull to make sure the bow tie sits tight. Then center in between your collar and voila, your just tied your own bow tie! Congratulations!

And that is how it is done! Simply keep practicing the Bow Tie Knot a few more times now to let your new knowledge sink in.