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Easy Hand-Tie Bow Tie

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Whenever I go to a black-tie event, I always notice who has a hand-tied bow tie, and who has the cheapo clip ons. A hand tied tie is a small touch of class that separates you from the crowd and gives you a slight James Bond/Frank Sinatra air. Even if you don't own a tux, it is worth it to spend the $20 and get a real tie.

Tyeing a bow tie is technically as simple as tyeing your shoes. However, it is something about doing it around your neck that is really awkward and frustrating. Many years ago, I got pretty good at it because I went to several black ties a year. Recently however, I had to dust off the tux after a long hiatus from formal events and discovered I lost the skill. Yes, I did finally get it right, but swore that I would find an easier way to 1) make my life easier in the future, and 2) encourage others a chance to impress their friends (the coup de grace being the moment at the after party when you casually untie your tie, and let it casually hang down like a genuine Rat Packer.

The last step includes some advice on buying and wearing a tux.

IMPORTANT: THIS TIE IS BEST WITH A TUX SHIRT THAT HAS A "LAY DOWN" COLLAR OR A COMBO WINGTIP-COVERED BACK COLLAR. IF YOU USE THIS WITH A REGULAR WINGTIP, BUT SURE TO KEEP YOUR JACKET ON ALL NIGHT.
 
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Eccentricks6 years ago
FINALLY!! I attend about 8-10 black ties a year, and EVERYBODY has a clip-on (including me). I have always wanted to know how to tie a bow-tie, and nobody could teach me, because nobody knew. THANK YOU!! Finally, I can give my tux that extra dash of class!
jongscx6 years ago
Bra Hooks also work great for the closure on the back... as does velcro
Heh, cool Instructable. You know that show Two and a half Men? I always see Charlie (one of the main characters) having his tie untied... and it looks like what it looks like in the last picture.. they look funny un-done like that. Nice Instructable!
Jackson123 (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
Yeah, but the "after party un-tie" is an easy way to let your friends know how suave you are. lol
oh great idea! and you are totally right- a hand-tied tie makes all the difference!
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