Bow Tie Tutorial
By Timothy J. Steiner
I often wear bowties to work. In Boston, they are not so out of the
ordinary. However, someone today asked me how I learned to tie one. I
learned to tie on when I was a teenager; taught by my grandfather. My
grandfather once said to me, "The mark of a gentleman is the ability to
tie a bowtie." He would have never worn one of those "Clip-on" ties. Of
course, wanting to please him, I learned.
I thought it might be helpful to post a tutorial on how to tie a
bowtie. It's a good skill to know. -Remember the best part of wearing a
black tie bowtie to a formal function is that at the end of the night
you can pull off that disheveled look with the two ends of your tie
So, here it is:
Step 1. Thread the tie through your collar and make the end on your right-hand side longer by an inch and a half or so.
Step 2. Take the right hand side and thread it up and through (Exactly like a regular tie) and pull it tight against your neck.
Step 3. Form half of the bow in your left hand (Shorter end) with the
left side of the bow doubled up, and lay that side of the bowtie across
your collar points, center the thin part of that end of the bowtie
between your collar points.
Step 4. Maintain the form of the left side of the bowtie; Now take the
right side of the bowtie and bring it up in front of the left side of
the bowtie (pointing up toward your chin), tuck it in behind the entire
bowtie and pull it straight down.
Step 5. This is the part that feels wrong, but it's not! Maintain the
left side of the bowtie and take the bottom part of the hanging end and
bring it up and around to the front of the bow and stuff it into the
front center loop, laying it on top of the left side of the bowtie. At
first it will look like a mess.
Step 6. Even all of the ends and straighten it out. If you need it a
little tighter, I found it is best to pull on the righthand side end
(meaning the loop that is pointing toward your right), then straighten
it out. It should look like this:
It is OK if it is a little off, a little sloppy; that's how people know it's a real
Practice, practice, practice and it will become second nature. I hope this helps.Your thoughts? Do you have a Tutorial of your own that you would like The Fedora Chronicles to host? Drop us a line through our
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