How To Do A Bow Tie Knot

It’s that time of year again, where there’s a lot of upcoming festivities. One of my favourites is the formal black ties events. An occasion generally hosted during  Christmas (or Thanksgiving) period but takes place all year round.

It gives some of us a reason to wear a bow tie and I would fully recommend that you wear a self-tied bow tie. Meaning, tying the bow tie knot yourself. You may excuse yourself and say “but I don’t know how to!” Not to worry, I have a guideline on how to do your bow tie knot. In a nutshell, it is like doing a shoelace but around your neck. So, you are already halfway there!

Step 1

How to do bow tie knot by Shaun Gordon

Place your bowtie around your neck and pull the right leaf (S) lower.

Step 2

 How to do bow tie knot by Shaun Gordon

Cross the right leaf (S).

Step 3

How to do bow tie knot by Shaun Gordon

Take the right leaf (S) under and over the noose.

Step 4

How to do bow tie knot by Shaun Gordon

Take the left leaf (G) and form a fold, which will aesthetically look like
a bow. The groove part should be in the centre.

Step 5

How to do bow tie knot by Shaun Gordon

Wrap the right leaf (S) over the left leaf's (G) groove.

Step 6

How to do bow tie knot by Shaun Gordon

Form a fold with the right leaf (S) as it is wrapping under the left leaf (G).

Step 7

How to do bow tie knot by Shaun Gordon

Carefully put the right leaf (S) through the small gap formed. Until
the leaf goes through the other side, which should form a similar
shape to the front.

Step 8

How to do bow tie knot by Shaun Gordon

Pull firmly to create the bow tie on both ends (S & G). If you feel it
is getting looser then you are pulling on the incorrect part.

Step 9

How to do bow tie knot by Shaun Gordon

Tighten bow until the knot is tight (S & G).

Step 10

How to do bow tie knot by Shaun Gordon

Fix until you have desired appearance and you're finished.

Remember a bow tie is not supposed to be perfect. Otherwise you might as well buy a clip-on bow tie, which should be left to children. More importantly, the way it is tied should reflect the wearer’s personality. So if it is slightly uneven or  ‘dishevelled’, it will go a long way in displaying a distinct panache and sophistication.

Click this link for inspiration of what to wear to your black-tie occasion. 

Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts or enquires. We would be happy to help.

~ SG


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