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How to Tie a Bow Tie

How to Tie a Bowentie Bow Tie in Ten Simple Steps

Tying a traditional bow tie can seem intimidating, but with a little practice, you'll be a pro. Follow the illustrated instructions below and you'll be on your way in only ten steps.

Step 1 Drawing

1. Hang bow tie flat around neck, with one side longer by approximately 1.5 inches.


Step 2 drawing

2. Cross the long side over the shorter side.


Step 3 drawing

3. Bring long end underneath and up through neck. Pull tightly and drape over shoulder.


Step 4 drawing

4. Pull from middle of hanging side toward draped side to create a bow.


5. Bring top over the middle of the bow.


Step 6 drawing

6. Pinch both ends in front to create a loop.


Step 7 drawing

7. Fold and pass it through the loop.


Step 8 drawing

8. Tug on both folded ends simultaneously to tighten.


Step 9 drawing

9. Alternate between folded and unfolded sides to adjust until bows are even.


10. All finished!