How To Tie a Bow Tie

How To Tie a Bow Tie

The essence of the bow tie guy lies in a certain level of independence – maybe even quirkiness. And part of his mystique lies in his ability to tie his own bow. Unfortunately, it's not an entirely intuitive task, so if you're still working on it, you may find our DVD "Tie One On" helpful. Watch excerpts here, or order the entire DVD (which comes with a practice tie). It is especially helpful if you happen to be left-handed, or would like to teach someone else how to tie your bow for you. It also includes step-by-step demonstrations of how to tie a Windsor knot (for those occasions when you really must wear a necktie).

Learn how to tie your bow tie or necktie correctly by watching these streaming video excerpts from our DVD: Tie One On: How to Tie a Bow Tie DVD. The instructional DVD is available on its own or as part of our specially priced Starter Kit Gift Sets (which also include two bow ties). Preview the DVD by viewing the streaming video excerpts of the How-To DVD's step-by-step demonstrations of how to tie a bow tie and a Windsor knot. Or, use the illustration below to learn the art of bow tying.

How to Tie a Bow Tie (and Windsor Knot) - Video Instructions

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  How to Tie a Bow Tie - Illustrated Instructions
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Note: One end of the bow tie is shaded for identification purposes.
 
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1 At rest, the shaded end of the bow tie should be approx. 1" longer than the unshaded end.

 

2 Cross shaded end over unshaded.

 

3 Push shaded end under unshaded with thumb.

 

 
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4 Pull shaded end over unshaded.

 

5 Letting shaded end rest, form a bow with unshaded end, using thumbs and forefingers of both hands.

 

6 Pull shaded end up behind unshaded end, and make another loop.

 

 
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7 Still holding the unshaded bow firmly, push the shaded end behind it through the knot.
8 Pull the looped end with forefingers of both hands to lengthen the bow and tighten the knot.

 

9 Here it is!
When tied successfully, there will be a looped end in front of a straight end on one side, and a straight end in front of a looped end on the other side of the bow tie.
 
 

 

Download How To Tie Instructions as Acrobat pdf - 148k