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Learn How to Tie the Perfect Bow Tie

Harry Rosen buyer Shannon Stewart demonstrates just how easy it is.

Date: 2020-03-06

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Ready to master the bow tie? Follow our steps below (just like tying shoes or the ribbon on your gift) and soon you’ll be among icons like Tom Ford, Fred Astaire and Sir Winston Churchill.

Before you begin, adjust your tie to the width of your neck using the buttons or slide on the back. Leave some length as it can be tightened later.

Step 1: Place the bow tie flat around your neck, pulling one side about two inches longer than the other.

Step 2: Cross the longer side over the shorter side and make a simple overhand knot. Place the long end on your shoulder

Step 3: Hold the shorter side in front of your neck as if it were already tied. You’ll notice you’ve made a loop on one side. Pinch that loop. Take the longer side off your shoulder and drop in down in front of the short side.

Step 4: Hold both sides firmly. Find the hole you created behind your shorter side faux bow tie. Then take your longer side and fold it into bow tie position, making another loop. Pull it tightly underneath the short side, and push it loop-first into the hole. Hold both looped ends while you do this.

Step 5: You’re done! Adjust as needed to get the ideal shape.

Ready to take on more bows? Browse our bow tie selection to find the perfect finishing touch for your formal suits.