Wednesday, April 21, 2010

calling all men: how to tie a bow tie

gala season kicked off a few weeks ago, and wedding season wasn't far behind.  so men, impress your ladies by foregoing the clip-on version in favor of a more james bond-esque look, and tie your own bow tie.  there are a ton of really bad youtube instructional videos out there, but follow these directions from tie-a-tie, and you'll look like a grown up in no time:

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.