Tying a bow tie is a key part of men’s formalwear, as a bow tie is required for most black tie formal dress codes. However, tying a bow tie is difficult, and plenty of men don’t know how. If you’re learning how to tie your own bow tie, here’s our step by step guide.
- First, you’ll want to have one end of the bow tie about an inch longer than the other. This is your lead piece.
- Cross the longer, leading piece over the shorter piece.
- Tie the two ends together, with the long end wrapping under the shorter, so that the long end is on top.
- While holding the longer end on top, fold the lower into a bow shape—a helpful guide is to fold the bump near the end of the bow tie in half, creating the shape that you’ll recognize as the classic bow shape.
- Pull the long end down over the bow you’ve just created. This will later become the center of the bow tie!
- Fold the longer piece into the same bow shape, then insert it behind the shorter, under the loop you’ve just created.
- Pull the two pieces to tighten and adjust as needed!