Learn how to tie the perfect bow tie in just a few simple steps by Harry Rosen

Learn how to tie the perfect bow tie in just a few simple steps by Harry Rosen

Harry Rosen buyer Shannon Stewart demonstrates how easy it is to tie a bow tie. The nice thing about a bow tie you have to tie yourself is that it doesn’t have to be perfect, in fact, it’s actually a little bit nicer when it’s imperfect because it has a lot of life to it and shows you pay attention to the finer details.

A lot of men consider tying a bowtie a difficult task, but it’s actually easy. Here’s a step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Adjust the bowtie to fit your neck. Place it around your neck with one side longer than the other.

Step 2: Cross the longer side over the shorter side and make a simple overhand knot. Place the long end on your shoulder.

Step 3: Hold the shorter side in front of your neck as if it were already tied (that was easy!). You’ll notice you’ve made a loop on one side. Pinch that loop. Take the longer side off your shoulder and drop in down in front of the short side. You’re almost finished!

Step 4: Hold both sides firmly. Find the hole you created behind your shorter side faux-bowtie. Got it? Take your longer side and fold it into bowtie position, making another loop. Pull it tightly underneath the short side, and push it loop-first into the hole. Hold both looped ends while you do this.

Step 5: You’re done! Adjust as needed to get the bowtie into the ideal shape.


  1. Best step by step instructions on tying a bow tie. Forget about all the other male instructors, trust a woman to walk you through patiently and paying attention to crucial details. For instance she is the only one that pointed out that once you get the the folded end in the loop, tighten and adjust the looped ends and not the other ends which will unravel the knots. Key detail for a first time wearer..

  2. I tried so many videos, got to this one…….BAM! Done! The best video for showing you how to tie a freaking Bow Tie! Thanks Shannon, they chose the perfect teacher.

  3. Love Harry Rosen esp. The heartland store. Great vid. How about doing another to show how to adjust for perfect neck size? Thx

  4. Watched probably about 8 video's, all with guys trying to explain it. Couldn't figure it out for the life of me. Watched Ms. Stewart and I got it the first time.

  5. At last…at last you saved me….i have been struggling with it….at last thank god………..You are awesome…Thanks…

  6. I learned how to tie them a little over a year and a half ago, and the thing that broke through the wall was when I realized that it was just a modified shoe tying knot.  None of the videos I had watched said anything about that and I was very glad to see you mention it here in your video.  I think I will now be recommending this video to my friends who ask me where to learn to tie bow-ties.

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