How To Tie A Bow Tie

Bow ties are great for formal occasions and black tie dress code, but also to show your personality during the workweek and on the weekend.

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When it comes to tying a bow tie, practice makes perfect. At first it might seem intimidating, but tying a bow tie is easy if you follow these steps.

To tie a bow tie, the first step is to make sure that one end of the bow tie is longer than the other end by a few inches. The longer end of the tie should be on your right side.
Step 01

To tie a bow tie, the first step is to make sure that one end of the bow tie is longer than the other end by a few inches. The longer end of the tie should be on your right side.

Cross the longer end of the bow tie over the shorter end. Bring the longer end of the bow tie underneath the shorter end, then bring it out from the center.
Step 02

Cross the longer end of the bow tie over the shorter end. Bring the longer end of the bow tie underneath the shorter end, then bring it out from the center.

Fold the shorter end of the bow tie horizontally.
Step 03

Fold the shorter end of the bow tie horizontally.

Place the longer end of the bow tie over the shorter end.
Step 04

Place the longer end of the bow tie over the shorter end.

Fold the longer end of the bow tie horizontally.
Step 05

Fold the longer end of the bow tie horizontally.

Insert the longer end of the bow tie through the loop at the back of the shorter end.
Step 06

Insert the longer end of the bow tie through the loop at the back of the shorter end.

Pull both ends gently to tighten the knot.
Step 07

Pull both ends gently to tighten the knot.

Adjust as needed - and don't worry, slight imperfections add character.
Step 08

Adjust as needed - and don't worry, slight imperfections add character.

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