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How to Tie a Bow Tie

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Uploaded on Mar 11, 2008

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Whether you're a distinguished professor, a fledgling politician, or a James Bond wanna-be, knowing how to tie a bow tie comes with the territory.


Step 1: Drape tie around neck
Lift up the collar of your shirt and drape the tie around your neck with one end hanging 1 and a half inches below the other end.

Step 2: Button top button
Button the top button of your shirt.

Tip
If you want a nice thick knot, use a tie made of a thick material.

Step 3: Cross ends
Cross the long end in front of the short end.

Step 4: Pass long end through loop
With your thumb, bring the long end behind the short end and pass it up through the loop so it hangs down on top of the shorter end.

Tip
Adjust the tightness of the tie now, as you won't be able to readjust later.

Step 5: Double short end on itself
Push the long end aside, and double the short end on itself so the narrow portion of the end is brought up to the knot and the loop lays sideways, from one collar point to the other.

Step 6: Hold bow in place
Hold this bow with one hand and don't let go. This will stay in place for the rest of the steps.

Step 7: Loop other end around bow
Pull the other end straight up behind the bow, then loop it around the middle of the bow.

Step 8: Push end through knot
With the end behind the bow again, push the wide center of the end through the knot, creating a new bow facing in the opposite direction as the first one.

Step 9: Tighten knot
Pull on both bows at the same time to tighten the knot.

Step 10: Straighten knot
Gently pull on the ends to return them to the same length as the bows if necessary, straighten the knot. Quick—do something debonair!

Did You Know?
Dating to the 18th century, the bow tie is likely derived from the French jabot, a style of frilly cravat.

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