Simple Step-by-step Guide on How to Tie a Bow Tie the Right Way.

Whatever you do as a grown folk avoid clip-on ties at all cost. You are more stylish with a buttoned up collar without a tie.

How to tie a bow tie.

  1. Most new bow ties have neck size markers – adjust to your neck size first. If the neck size is missing then, get the tie to a length where one side is longer than the other (the “neck”). If you’re right-handed, the longer side should be the right, and the opposite if you’re left-handed.

  1. Fold the longer side over the shorter side, crossing at the strap above the “leaf” of the bow tie. Go under the centre and through, pulling tight enough that you can feel it, but it’s not pushing onto your neck.
  2. Discard the longer side (the one you pulled through) over your shoulder.
  3. Face a mirror and fold the other side up horizontally with the neck of the tie in the centre, so it resembles the shape of the finished bow tie.
  4. Bring the long end back into play, and pull it vertically downwards perpendicular to the other horizontal spread. This will make the knot in the centre, so this movement should only use the material on the strap of the tie, not the leaf.
  5. This will make a little hole between the initial knot and the back of the neck of the horizontal spread. Bring the vertical spread under the horizontal spread and push through the hole with your thumb. Ease it through, making sure not to twist it as it goes.
  6. Once it’s through, stand in front of the mirror again and give it a sharp tug with a hand on each folded end. Then play around with it until you’re happy.

You can watch a video to help you here: 

Don’t worry if it’s a little uneven – that’s a mark of pride for a man who’s tied his own tie in a sea of clip-ons.


Post Compiled by Ukaha Mba


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