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How to Tie a Bow Tie Step By Step: A Visual Photo Tutorial

how to tie a bow tie step by step

Last month, I used one of my favorite online shopping tools, Sweet Relish, to show you a Rustic Wedding inspired Spring Groomsman outfit based on the classic and handsome Blakley bow tie from Brier & Moss. Sweet Relish was kind enough to send me one of these amazing ties to give to Ben (yippeee!) but to be honest with you, neither one of us have ever tied a “real” bow tie. After a little research online, I was unsatisfied with the “how to tie a bow tie step by step” tutorials I found so I decided to create my own. I hope this comes in handy for you the next time you need to dress up your dapper fellow! (and now I’m seriously considering having our groomsmen wear bow ties – I LOVE this look with the vest in the top photo!!)


What do you think? Would a bow tie fit into a beach wedding?

how to tie a bow tie step by step

Jeana Shandraw

Jeana Shandraw

Rarely caught without a camera, Jeana is an adventurous traveler with a passion for people, cultures and food that has led her to 38 countries in 5 years. When she's not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and building LEGOs with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in her husband's underwear drawer.

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  1. Krystal R
    May 25, 2013 at 9:23 am — Reply

    That’s fab! Men should wear bow ties more often!

  2. Kristina Lewis
    May 16, 2013 at 12:02 pm — Reply

    Would be to cool if my boys wore bow ties!

  3. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger
    May 16, 2013 at 9:10 am — Reply

    Fortunately, I have never been asked to perform this task – and I’m embarrassed to admit that I still haven’t mastered the more familiar and commonly asked favor/service of tying (or helping a guy) tie/put on a straight tie. My brain just wasn’t wired for intricate tasks like this! LOL

  4. cassandra
    May 14, 2013 at 9:47 pm — Reply

    I love bow ties :) I always have to youtube it though and practice a bunch to get it just right lol

  5. Betty
    May 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm — Reply

    I doubt if I could do this with directions. My son is very good at getting his tie tied.

  6. Maria Iemma
    May 14, 2013 at 11:44 am — Reply

    I hope I do not have to do this ever — my fingers were not made for this! I am very clumsy/uncoordinated. Beautiful bow-tie though

  7. May 14, 2013 at 5:10 am — Reply

    Very valuable info! Thanks…I am always stuck helping my hubby!

  8. May 14, 2013 at 4:48 am — Reply

    Great tutorial! Bow ties are such a handsome look. Love the red and white one your husband got!

  9. May 14, 2013 at 4:29 am — Reply

    perfect timing with prom season upon us!! I’m on the pre-prom committee and have book marked your site :) for future reference–it will come in handy–thanks!

  10. May 14, 2013 at 4:26 am — Reply

    I love this!! Every-time I have to tie one for the boys, I have to google it. Saving this post!! thanks!!

  11. May 14, 2013 at 2:50 am — Reply

    Very cool! I doubt my fiance even knows how to tie one LOL! We usually have to buy the clip-ons. Thanks for the demonstration!

  12. May 14, 2013 at 1:07 am — Reply

    I think it takes an awesome kind of guy to pull off wearing a bow tie!! :)

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