How to tie a Bow Tie

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Start with the bow tie draped around the neck, with one end about two inches longer than the other.

Step 2

Tie a simple, over-hand knot.

Step 3

Fold the short end accordion-style, so that it lays flat. Pin the middle of this end with your finger. This point is where the knot will lay.

Step 4

Wrap the long end over the flat, folded short end at the middle point.

Step 5

Pull both wings, or bow ends, in one hand to the front.

Step 6

Thread the hanging long end though the small hole at the base of the neck created by pulling the wings forward. Tighten.