How To: Tie a Bowtie


If there’s one skill that every gentleman should have, it’s knowing how to tie a bowtie. For those of you just learning, or if you simply need a refresher, check out our step-by-step guide below.

  1. Start with the end in your left hand extending 1 1/2” below the end in your right hand.
  2. Cross the longer end over the shorter end and pass it up through the loop. Form the front loop of the bow by doubling up the shorter end and placing it across the collar points.
  3. Hold the front loop with the thumb and forefinger of your left hand and drop the long end over the front.
  4. With your left thumb and forefinger, fold the front bow ends together around the hanging end.
  5. By pulling the folded bow forward, you will make a small passage behind, which you can push the looped end of the back bow using your right forefinger.
  6. Poke resulting loop through the knot behind the front loop. Even the ends and tighten. If all else fails, tie as if tying your shoe string.

Watch our CEO Gary Flynn demonstrate tying a bowtie:

Especially during the holiday season, there’s nothing better than a well styled bowtie. Check out a few of our favorites from High Cotton and Southern Tide ($45-65), or stop by the corner of King and Society Streets to find the perfect tie for your style.

Holiday bowties from Southern Tide and High Cotton
Holiday bowties from Southern Tide and High Cotton

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