How Is a Bow Tied?


Quick Answer

To tie a bow tie, loop it around the neck with the right side hanging longer. Crossing the right side over the left, bring it under and up through the center. Horizontally fold the left end, cross it with the right end, then fold horizontally. Tuck the right loop underneath.

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The bow tie first originated in Croatia in the 17th century, but at that time they were worn by mercenaries to hold their shirts together, and were called cravats. Cravats soon caught on as a fashion trend among upper class Frenchmen, and by the late 19th century had fully evolved into the bow tie. The bow tie had become a staple in any fashionable man's wardrobe.

The bow tie is not as popular today as it was back in its heyday of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as it lost some of its appeal after the Second World War. However, it is still an essential part of a man's formal wardrobe. In recent years, more and more women have been seen wearing the bow tie, such as Rihanna and Drew Barrymore.

There are three different types of bow ties. The self-tie, or the freestyle bow tie, which needs to be tied. The pre-tied bow tie is perfectly tied in the front but has an adjustable strap in the back. The clip-on bow tie is like a pre-tied, only with metal clips.

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