No matter your style, nothing says dapper quite like the quintessential bow tie. Self-tying your knot can be tricky at first, but with a little practice you’ll have a new style trick up your sleeve.
Start by adjusting the sizing tape to the appropriate size.
Place the bow tie around your neck and under your collar. The right side should hang slightly longer.
Now cross the long end (right) over the short end (left).
Pull the right side up behind the crossover to create a half knot… just like knotting your laces. Now give it a little tug to secure.
Fold the short end across the half knot. The center of the bow should be centered on the knot. Take a quick glance – you should see an early hint of a bow here.
Allow the long end (held up by your face) to lay over the middle of your folded bow.
Now pull that longer end up and under the bow.Here’s where it gets tricky and you may get tripped up…but again, think about knotting your laces because the concept is the same.
Pull both ends of the front bow forward. You should be able to feel a small loop created behind the bow with your right thumb. Push/pull half of the bow through the loop you’ve created. Think of the end goal here not perfection.
Now you have a bow…messy as it may be. Start by smoothing out your center ribbon. Then place an index finger in each loop to tighten and shape your bow to dapper perfection.
Now, go out and conquer the world
New to wearing ties or just want a non-fussy knot? Then the Four In Hand is perfect for you. This knot is also ideal for the dapper human with a rounder face. The smaller, less ornate knot will focus attention where it should be – your brilliant smile.
Begin by placing the tie around your neck. Start with the blade of the tie on the left side. You'll want the Start with the blade of the tie on your left side. You’ll want the blade to be roughly 10 to 12 inches longer than the tail.
Cross the blade over the tail
Wrap the blade around the back of the tail so the blade’s seam is facing the mirror.
Finish the wrap across the front of the tail
Pull the blade up through the space between your collar and the back of the loop.
Hold your knot in place with your index finger and pass the blade through the front loop created by the knot.
Hold the tail of your tie as you slide the finished knot into place. A little bit of fussing will center and tighten your knot perfectly
This triangular shaped knot is perfect for a spread collar. It’s easy to knot and ideal for ties crafted from thicker fabrics.
Begin by placing the tie around your neck. Start with the blade on the left side. You'll want the tail to rest slightly above your belly button.
Cross the blade over the tail. Now, wrap the blade around the back of the tail so the blade’s seam is facing the mirror.
Lift the blade up and through the space between your collar and the tie.
Wrap the blade over the tail. Your blade seam will be facing the mirror again.
Wrap the blade across the front of the knot. Pull the blade through the space between the collar and tie again.
Keep it loose here…you want to keep the knot open and loose for these final steps.
Hold the knot in place and use your index finger to guide the blade down and through the front of your knot.
Now, look in the mirror and start a slow applause, hopefully someone you love will join in.
Imitation is the greatest form of flattery and thus the Windsor knot was born. From its humble beginnings to the pinnacle of dapper knots the world over this perfectly symmetrical and triangular knot is thick in its finish and ideal for making a statement.
Begin by placing the tie around your neck. Start with the blade on the left and the tail on the right. You’ll want the blade to rest roughly 14 inches longer than the tail…you’re going to need a large portion of the tie to craft this knot.
Pull the blade up and through the space between your collar and your tie.
Loop the blade over the knot that is starting to form.
Pull the blade behind and underneath the tail and pull it to the right. The seam of the blade will be facing the mirror.
Pull the blade up and through the space between your neck and your tie again.
Pull down on the blade to tighten the knot. You’ll be looking at the seam of the blade again…but never fear.
Wrap the blade across the front of the tail.
Pull the blade up and through the space between your neck and your tie a third time.
Hold the knot in place with your index finger as you pull the blade down and through the front of the knot.
Tighten, shape and there you go! The look of a King… or a Queen…or whatever you choose.