Stop tying yourself in knots and follow this simple guide to tying a bow tie and you will soon be looking dapper. Tying a bow tie is surprisingly simple. Bow ties use the same knot as your shoelaces. We have enlisted the expertise of Terry Collins of Holt Renfrew (menswear and neckwear specialist at Bloor Street flagship) to show you the simplicity and beauty of tying this menswear staple.
Before you begin, adjust the strap to your collar size using the measurements on the back.
Begin by turning up your collar. Drape the tie around your neck, and turn the collar down again. Do up your top button, and make sure the two ends of the tie hang evenly.
The base knot
Pass the right end over the left, and under to form a basic knot. This needs to be fairly tight. Fold the right hand end into a bow shape, with the narrow part in the centre directly over your buttons. Pass the loose end over the centre of the bow.
You will now have formed a loop between the base knot and the front of the bow. Tuck the middle of the loose end behind and through the loop. Grab it with your fingers and pull the knot tight.
Tweak the bow to achieve the desired shape. Insert your index fingers into the loops of the tie and pull outwards. This will smooth creases and tighten the knot. The tie should be quite high on the collar, covering the collar button. It should be an even shape, and the underside should sit flush with the ends of the front bow.
And voilà! Now you can mix and match with different looks at anytime. And in case you need further incentive to rock a bowtie, the people who brings us MORE are throwing a “Beau*Ties“ affair on the Canada Day Long Weekend.