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How to Tie a Bow Tie: An Illustrated Guide

Start with tie around neck, allowing the left end (A) to be a little longer than the right end (B). Cross end A over end B.  Take end A and tuck it up in the hole between your neck and tie.  Fold end B at widest part, holding it sideways. It should look bow-shaped.  Drop end A over folded end B. Fold end A up.  The tricky part. Pass folded end A under and behind folded end B on your left and through the loop behind folded end B.  Tighten knot by holding both folded ends and pulling carefully. Straighten as needed.

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Tying a bow tie is a little trickier than tying a necktie, but once you learn how to do it, it’s a breeze. When I was learning how to tie a bow tie a few years ago, I was disappointed with the illustrated how-to guides out there. So Ted Slampyak and I put our heads together to create the visual how-to guide on bow tying I wish I had had when I was learning. While we think it does a good job of showing how to tie a bow tie, it will still take some practice and trial and error before you get it down pat.

With this guide and a bit of practice, you’ll be rocking a bow tie just like my man, Charles Osgood. I love CBS Sunday Morning.

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