How to tie a bow tie

Not every DIY has to be complicated, right? Today’s tutorial is super easy but something that’s so useful to learn-how to tie a wreath bow! These bows are {obviously} awesome on wreaths but you can use them in so many more places.  So without further ado, a very photo heavy but super easy how-to so you know how to make a wreath bow too!

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#2. How To Tie A Bow Tie – Step By Step

Follow the infographic and instructions below and improve your sartorial elegance by learning how to tie a bow tie.

how to tie a bow tie

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  1. Drape the bowtie around your neck, seams facing down, with the right end longer than the left.
  2. Place the longer right end of the bowtie over the shorter left end, making an X.
  3. Loop the longer end behind the ‘X’ and pull tight – a bowtie knot can’t be tightened around your neck after you tie it. Leave the longer end on your shoulder.
  4. Fold the shorter end right and left to create a bow shape.
  5. Holding the bow, bring the longer end down across the middle of the bow.
  6. Fold the longer end back towards the chest and pinch the fold.
  7. Push it through the loop behind the shorter end to create two wings.
  8. Tug the bow loops behind the wings to tighten.
  9. Adjust the bowtie until the bow is symmetrical.
  10. Make final adjustments. Ensure your bowtie lies flat and horizontal.

To undo, simply pull the loose ends on either side and unravel the knot.

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The shape of your finished knot will vary depending on the style of tie. Make this slight variation at Step 4 for these styles of bow ties:

Butterfly Shape: The classic style of the butterfly shape should have wide ends and a small knot in the center. Fold a butterfly bow tie at the widest part of the curve.

Batwing or Straight End: A batwing or straight end will be only slightly wider at the tips than at the center. Fold over at the point just before the shape begins to taper.

Pointed: The two ends are bound to stick out beyond the straight edges of the loop. Fold a pointed-end bow tie at the widest part of the curve as well and pay attention to the two sets of wings which need to align fairly precisely to create the proper effect.

Congratulations! You've now mastered the art of how to tie a bow tie. But don't stop there! It's time to broaden your skills. Learn how to tie a tie 18 different ways for beginners. It's easy and we have all the visual and video step by step instructions to guide you along the way!

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