Introduction: How to Tie a Bow Tie


  • Have fun with the colors of the bow tie and shirt!
  • There are adjustable neck size bow ties for under $20 at Target.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

  • Dress shirt with a collar
  • Bow tie

Step 2: Prepare Shirt for Bow Tie

Flip the collar of the shirt upwards.

Step 3: Wrap Bow Tie Around Neck

Drape the bow tie around your neck so that one side is about an inch longer than the other.

  • The longer side will be side A.
  • The shorter side will be side B.

Step 4: Cross the Ends

Cross side A over side B so it forms an X.

Step 5: Make the Knot

Wrap side A underneath side B and hold side A straight up towards the ceiling.

Step 6: Make Half of the Bow

Take side B and at the widest part of the fabric, fold side B to the right so that the non-folded end of side B is going to the left and the folded portion is going to the right.

  • Let side A rest on your shoulder for now.

Step 7: Make the Middle of the Bow

Take side A and wrap it over the middle of the bow created by side B.

Step 8: Pinch the Ends

Pinch both sides of side B together to the front to make it easier to tuck side A into the loop behind it.

  • When you fold the ends together, there should be a loop that forms on the back.
  • Place your index finger and thumb through the loop so you can widen it a little and know where the loop is.

Step 9: Make the Other Half of the Bow

Take side A and fold it at the widest part of the fabric like in step 6.

Step 10: Complete the Bow Shape

Take the folded side A and place it horizontally behind side B by pulling it through the loop.

  • Pull side A only halfway through the loop behind side B.
  • Make sure that the folded portion is being pulled through to the left. The non-folded end of side A should remain on the right.

Step 11: Tighten the Bow

Once both folded sides are in line with each other, pull on both ends to tighten the bow.

  • Make sure that both the folded ends are on opposite sides! If they are not, the bow will not form correctly.

Step 12: Finish the Look

Fold the shirt collar down and over the neck of the bow tie.

  • Adjust accordingly.