How to Tie Western Bow Ties


When tying a western bow tie, remember that it's better to have a tie that is too long than one that is too short. Tie a western bow tie like a sneaker with help from an image consultant in this free video on western bow ties.

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Video Transcript

Hello I am image consultant Susan Bigsby at In this clip I am going to show you how to tie a western tie. And you may not have much need to tie a western tie ever in your life, but you never know when this need may arise. The trick is you don't always have to purchase the tie. You can actual do this with a black satin ribbon. And if you buy a ribbon I would say probably about sixty inches long, you can always cut it. So better to have it too long than too short. You tie it just like a bow or just like you would tie your sneaker. You take one length over the other, flip it around just like you are tying your sneaker, the ribbon that is on top stays on top. So you want to loop the underneath ribbon with your finger like you would tie a tie, keep this ribbon on top all the way around the bow, put that underneath part through, and pull out your bow making it nice and flat. Then you pull down the ribbon, and you actually have what they call a western ribbon. Which is actually a wester bow tie, and really just a bow. Now where would you where a tie like this? Most of us are pretty accustom to the traditional bow tie, and the neck tie, and that kind of thing. But this is a little bit more unusual this day and age anyway. I will probably say it would be most appropriate in a square dance situation where you were dressed in theme, and there are still lots of local square dance companies who have tons of fun all over the country. This would be the appropriate place to where a western style bow tie. This is Susan Bigsby, thanks for watching.


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