Now bring the thick end down behind the knot, crossing from right to left. Flip the thick end up in front of the loop around your collar. Step 6 A loop will have formed behind the knot at this point.
There's no need to ever fumble in front of a mirror. Steps 5 through 7 are the most difficult simply because they involve a loop that is hidden from view. To help make these steps as clear as possible I have added close-ups of this loop from an alternative view. There is also a slightly different tying method that brings this loop out in the open.
You can see it demonstrated in this instructional video from an English custom tie maker. The same technique is also shown in this YouTube video or this other video by two American retailers.
Don't worry about getting the bow to look perfect. The beauty of the self-tied model is that a personal touch is expected and even desired. Leave the geometric precision for the assembly-line pre-tied models. Once you've learned how to tie a bow tie it opens up a whole new world of possibilities for your regular wardrobe.
Nothing separates the men from the boys — and the waiters — quite like a self-tied bow tie. And the best part is that you already know how to do it because it is the same as tying your shoelaces. By combining the best of many other how-to guides with a little-known haberdasher's trick that reduces the whole process to child's play, the instructions below provide everything you need to add the ultimate panache to your black-tie ensemble.
If you have an adjustable model, insert the hook on one end of the strap into the slot on the other end corresponding with your neck size. If your shirt has a turndown collar, flip the collar up just as you would before tying a long necktie. As mentioned, a bow tie is actually tied just like a shoelace or gift bow so the sooner you can visualize that concept the sooner you'll master the technique.
This sounds simple enough except that shoelaces are not tied under the chin; a knot easy enough for a child to tie becomes a very different endeavor when one is forced to execute it in a mirror. To familiarize yourself with the process without having to rely on a reflection, tie the bow tie around your thigh instead of your neck because it has roughly the same circumference but is situated within your line of sight.
You can use the printed instructions below but rotate the illustrations upside down to better reflect how the process will feel when executed under the chin later on. Before starting you may want to download and watch the video clip on the right to get an idea of how the individual steps come together to create the final product and to better visualize the more finicky of those steps.
The photographs below show what you will see in a mirror when you follow the instructions. In fact, this is what the model did so that the photographs would appear properly oriented when viewed as mirror images. To help keep the process from appearing more daunting than it is, the individual steps have been grouped into four key stages.
If you mess up a step, there's no need to start over from scratch — just return to the beginning of the corresponding stage. 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.
Cross the longer end over the shorter end. 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. Unlike a long tie, you can't slide a bow tie knot tighter to the neck after the fact. Form the front half of the bow 4.
Fold the shorter end at the widest part of the curve see "Special Considerations" below. This will create the front wings of the bow. Make sure the fold is on the right side of your chest. Hold the front in place by pinching the center of the wings together. Someone who wants to make a strong bow tie statement may choose this style. It also looks more proportionate on someone who shops in a men's big and tall store. Are you unsure of which style would look best on you?
Cut out the bow tie shapes you like and hold each one under your face, where you would wear a bow tie, to see which size and shape looks best on you. The adjusting mechanism is a sliding buckle.
Making a tie for a larger neck size is no problem at all. Please just mention it in the comment section of the online order form, or call me and place your order over the phone.
Clip-on bow ties simply clip onto the collar of the shirt. There is no band section on a clip on bow tie. If you know someone who often wears a bow tie, he likely ties it himself.
Pre-tied - This kind of bow tie is low stress; it's for someone who doesn't care to learn to tie his own.
Like a gift bow, a finished bow tie bow consists of two opposing loops and two opposing loose ends. Unlike a gift bow, a bow tie has to be folded over at a specific point when creating the loops in order to obtain the distinctive "wings". How To Tie A Bow Tie: Best Guide With Step-By-Step Instructions This page offers step-by-step instructions on how to tie a bow tie. If you’re looking for other information on bow ties such as proper fit, where to buy, different silhouettes, and styling tips, please see our guide to bow ties. Bow ties come in different sizes and styles and the true “black tie” experts will know the importance of pairing the bow tie size to the size of his neck and face to create a proportionally balanced look. Below is a list of the four most common bow tie styles.