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How to tie a bow tie? A simple guide

Benno Büchler, 29.03.2023

How to tie a bow tie?

A bow tie is an important gentlemanly accessory and can have a huge impact on how you are perceived by others.

Unfortunately, there is a rumor that tying a bow tie is difficult and complicated. That's why so few can do it, right?

In this blog, I'm going to prove to you that tying a bow tie is easier than you think and it's a skill that anyone can and should learn.

Put the bow tie around your neck and make sure that one end is longer than the other. Tie it once like a shoelace. Put one side on your shoulder to prepare the loop on the other side. Wrap the other end around the loop and pass it through the hole to create a second loop. If this sounded familiar, it's quite normal, it's the exact same knot as when tying shoelaces.



Why bind it yourself?

There are several reasons why tying your own flies is a worthwhile skill.

First, it's part of the gentlemanly skill set. A self-tied bow tie shows that you took the time to create something unique and personalized. It also demonstrates your understanding of the intricacies of style and your appreciation for craftsmanship.

Secondly, the knot is simple once you learn it. Like tying a shoe, you'll see that with practice and patience it becomes a simple task.

Besides, unlike ties where there are a hundred ways to tie them, the bow tie has exactly one.



Instructions

  1. Step: Place the bow tie around your neck and straighten it so that the two ends are the same length. Make sure the bow tie is the right size and that it fits well.
  2. Step: Place the left end of the bow tie over the right end. It's important that you hold the fly the right way around so that it looks right later.
  3. Step: Place the right end of the fly under the left end and bring it through the loop from back to front. Gently squeeze the fly to form the loop.
  4. Step: Pull the two ends of the bow tie tight to form a loop. Make sure that the loop is even and that the bow tie still fits well.
  5. Step: Place the right end of the fly over the loop and bring it through the loop from back to front. Gently squeeze the fly to form the second loop.
  6. Step: Pull the two ends of the bow tie tight to form the second loop. Make sure that the loop is even and that the bow tie still fits well.
  7. Step: Tighten the bow tie on your collar to adjust and fix it in the right position. Check again if the bow tie looks symmetrical and if it fits well.

It is important that you take your time to carefully execute each step and make sure that the

Fly is tied correctly. If you're unsure, you can always take another look at a tutorial or video to make sure you're doing everything right. It's also helpful to have a tied bow tie as a reference to make sure your bow tie ends up looking the same.

It can also be helpful to practice a few times before tying your bow tie for a special occasion. This will give you enough time to familiarize yourself with the tying process and improve your skills.

One last tip: once you've tied your bow tie, make sure to properly care for and clean it before wearing it so that it's always in perfect condition.



Pre-tied vs. self-tied

A pre-tied bow tie, also known as a "Ready-tied Bow-Tie" has the advantage of being ready to go and requires no special skill to tie.

It is also usually less expensive than a self-tied bow tie and can come in many colors and patterns.

Another plus is that the bow tie is always perfectly tied and there is no uncertainty about the tying process.

A self-tied bow tie, also known as a "Freestyle Bow-Tie" is unique and expresses personal preference.

It is an art form that not everyone is proficient in, but one can learn. A trained eye can certainly tell the difference between pre-tied and self-tied flies.

Besides, it is an honor for a gentleman to tie the bow tie himself and show his skills. It shows a sense of style and self-confidence.

Conclusion

Tying a bow tie is an art form that is both practical and aesthetic.

A pre-tied bow tie does have the advantage of being ready to go and does not require any special skill to tie. However, a self-tied bow tie offers the opportunity to express personal preferences and is also something unique.

It's a gentleman skill that can be learned and very few people have mastered.

I recommend you take the challenge and tie your own bow tie. Stand out from the crowd and prove your sense of style.

Source cover image: Pexels | edited post



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