Tuesday, February 5, 2013

How To Tie A Bow Tie?

Contrary to popular myth, it is not difficult to tie a bow tie.
Whether you are tying a bow tie or tying a shoe, the steps are the same.
In fact, if you can tie a pair of shoe laces, you can already do it.
The trick, if there is one, is to do it neatly.

Here are some helpful hints if you are learning to tie a bow tie:

1. The widest part of the "bulb" section of your bow tie corresponds with the spot on your tied shoelace where the loop folds back on itself (see diagram below). "Fold wide" because their natural inclination is to fold at the narrow spot. Resist that temptation, and FOLD WIDE instead. 

2. I suggest that you give yourself time to learn to tie your bow tie BEFORE the event for which you will be wearing it.

3. It's easier to learn if you can be in a quiet, well lit room rather than with lots of distractions. This is technical reading you are doing!

4. You must forget everything you know about tying a necktie. Think "SHOE" not "TIE."

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" such as a concert is an event that you would commonly wear a bow tie at, along with a tuxedo.

The proper size should never be broader than the widest part of your neck and should never extend past the tips of the shirt collar.


The diagrams below show what you will see in a mirror if you follow the instructions.

Drape the tie around the neck with one end — about an inch and a half longer than the other. One end has to be longer because it will contribute the material which forms the center part of the bow between the two wings.

watch the tutorial video:

another tutorial video:
(without hands getting in the way)

Remember, practice makes perfect!
Good luck, gentlemen!