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How to tie a bow tie?

Tying a bow tie is something every man should learn to do so that you no longer have to rely on the elastic 'ready made' versions that are usually designed for kids. Whether you need to attend a wedding, a ball or any other formal event, here is all you need to know to achieve the perfect bow tie.

Step one

Select your desired tie and stand in front of a mirror, then follow these steps:
Place the bow tie underneath your collar and pull the left side (A) about two inches longer than the right end (B).

Step two

Cross end A over the top of end B and bring it under and up through the gap between the tie and the collar.

Step three

Double end B over to form the first loop of the bow tie. Now drop end A over the front of the fold you just made with end B.

Step four

Form the other side of the bow by doubling over end A in the same way you did with end B.

Step five

While holding everything else in place, thread the new loop made with end A through the gap at the back of the looped end B.

Step six

How to adjust the tie
Adjust the tie until it is even by tugging at the ends and straightening the centre knot.
Tips
The proper size of a bow tie should never be broader than the widest part of your neck and should never extend past the tips of the shirt collar. Although many people believe tying a bow tie is a difficult task, following these simple steps will make it easy! If you are a little confused by this step by step guide, just think about how you tie a bow in the laces of your shoes: it is very similar to the 'rabbit ears' method! Another tip is to practice the knot by tying it around your thigh at first until you get the hang of the procedure. Until you're an expert, steer away from bow ties made from shiny material as they can be slippery and more difficult to manoeuvre into a great bow. Conclusion:
As with everything, practice makes perfect, so don't give up if you haven't got it the first time!

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