How to Tie a Bow Tie

1. Drape the tie around the neck with the left end about an inch and a half longer than the right. (One end has to be longer because it will be used to create the knot between the two wings.)

2. Tie a simple knot by wrapping the longer end up behind the shorter end.  Flip the longer end over your shoulder to keep it out of the way for now.
Advanced Tip: tie this knot tightly (and keep it tight during the subsequent steps) in order for the finished bow to sit snugly against the throat.  Unlike a long tie, you can’t slide a bow tie knot tighter to the neck after the fact.

3. Fold the shorter end at the widest part of the curve.  This will create the front wings of the bow.  (Make sure the fold is on the right side of your chest.)

4. Hold the front in place by pinching the center of the wings together.  Pinch with your thumb and finger or your first two fingers depending on which you find more comfortable during the next couple of steps.

5. Use your right hand to shove the middle of the longer end through the loop behind the bow from your right-hand side.  Obviously you will need to retract the thumb or finger that is holding the loop open

6. To finesse the bow, hold the knot tight with one hand and use the other to adjust the wings so that they are all an equal length. Congratulations – you now have yourself a bow tie!

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