How to tie a ‘Bow Tie’

The Bow Tie Knot is used to tie a bow tie and is worn to give you a formal and elegant appearance. A “black tie occasion” such as a wedding is an event that you would commonly wear a bow tie at, along with a tuxedo.

The proper size should never be broader than the widest part of your neck and should never extend past the tips of the shirt collar.

To tie the Bow Tie Knot, select a bow tie of your choice and stand in front of a mirror. Then simply follow the steps below:

1) Place the bow tie around your neck, situating it so that end “A” is about two inches longer than end “B”.
2) Cross end “A” over end “B”.
3) Bring end “A” up and under the loop.
4) Now double end “B” over itself to form the front base loop of the bow tie.
5) Loop end “A” over the center of the loop you just formed.
6) Holding everything in place, double end “A” back on itself and poke it through the loop behind the bow tie.
7) Adjust the bow tie by tugging at the ends of it and straightening the center knot.

And that is how it is done! Simply keep practicing the Bow Tie Knot a few more times now to let your new knowledge sink in.

how to tie a bow tie


About Larger Than Life

In 2010 I decided to leave the corporate world and embark on a new career launching Larger Than Life Menswear, specialising in clothing for the bigger man. I initially embarked on a market stall in Stafford, Staffordshire and online @ The business hit the ground running, with customers excited that they have a choice of fashionable gear that fits in both width and length. Big is certainly best.

Posted on August 20, 2011, in Bow tie, How to tie a tie. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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