How to Hand-Tie a Bow Tie

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Hand-tying a bow tie requires you to follow a few very important steps in a very specific order. Learn how to hand-tie a bow tie with help from a professional fashion stylist in this free video clip.

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How's it going, ladies and gentleman? It's Brian Swan of Right Hand Man Image Consulting. Today, we're here at Nick's Menswear in Chandler, Arizona. We're going over a topic that I love to cover for men, it's men's bow ties and how to tie them. We're gonna go through step by step and get you through the process where you can tie your own bow tie. To begin with the process, you simply wanna take your tie and drape it over your collar, as you would normally with any other tie, and then make sure that the right side of your tie is dropped down just a smidgen lower than the left side. Next, you wanna take the tie, cross them over, right over left, and pull it together in the middle. So we have a look like this. Now, you're gonna take the bottom of the right side of the tie that you pulled over, and pull it up through the middle, so it drapes over, creating a little bit of a tie. Now that you've got that completed, you simply need to pull them together to tighten the tie. And this is important because this is where you're gonna see it starts to form the knot that you're gonna have to form your bow tie. Now, with your right hand, you're gonna pull it underneath the right side of the tie, which starts to form the bow. And while you're doing this, keep in mind to use your thumb and index finger to hold the bow in place. Now that you've got that completed, here comes the biggest step. You're gonna take your right hand, grab the right bottom part of the tie, and pull it behind the right side of the tie, and start to slide it through the back end where the bow is. And you just keep feeding it through until you get to the point where you've got your bow. And from there it's a simple amount of playing with the tie, getting it to where you want it to be, flip down your collar, and you're ready to go. I'm Brian Swan of Right Hand Man Image Consulting, here at Nick's Menswear in Chandler, Arizona, until next time. I'll see you soon.

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