Bow tie is the most classic tie for all ties and is commonly worn during ‘black tie’ events. It is also much more common to wear a bow tie with a dinner jacket or tuxedo than it is to wear a necktie with one. Bow ties are also sometimes worn as an alternative to ascot ties when wearing a morning coat. The dress code of “black tie” requires a black bow tie. If you’re going to tie a bow, remember this golden rule: the bow tie shouldn’t be wider than the distance between outer corners of eyes or outer edges of the collar of a dress-shirt. Or you may look like a clown.
Place the bow tie around your neck. One end of the bow tie should be longer than the other by a few inches.
Cross the long end over the short one.
Bring the long end up through the middle.
Form the front loop of the bow tie by folding the short end horizontally.
Drop the long end of the tie over the front of the bow.
Hold tightly the front loop which you made. Then form a new loop with the long end by doubling the end over itself. Push this loop through the front loop behind (like if you were tying a shoelace).
Pull both ends gently to tighten the knot.
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