Learning how to tie any piece of clothing has never been a strong suit for me, but a bow tie has long been the holy grail of tied clothes that I could never seem to grasp.
That is, until I saw this clip in which a bow tie itself taught me how to tie a bow tie. Made by The Hill-Side, a small producer of custom ties, handkerchiefs, and scarves in NYC, it's probably the most genius video I've ever seen on how to tie a bow tie because it removes the hands from the equation. Check it out:
Hey, I'm a new bow tie from The Hill-Side and today I'm going to show you how to tie me!
Left side, 2-3 inches longer than the right.
Swing it over in front of the short side and down and up past the neck, okay?
Back side comes out to the left. Fold it across in front. Put it right over your collarbone, alright?
The bottom side swings out in front. Take the left uh, you're gonna see a fold there and you're gonna feel the tip on the other side.
Fold those in front like a butterfly. Pinch it.
Now you're going to take the dangly piece and you are going to gently fold it and pull it through the little loop.
As you're doing so you're going to have to let go of the little butterfly - have faith this is going to work out. You're almost there.
Pull it through - okay, now you've got a loop in the back right, you've got a loop in the front left.
Give them a tug. Tug on the edges.
Look at yourself in the mirror.
You just tied a bow tie.
Go forth and tie!