We normally take pity as although we'd rather the poor soul in question had purchased a bowtie from us it wouldn't be right to let him suffer the pain of looking like an ignoramous in front of his friends, other half or anyone else for that matter.
Words by: Duncan Quinn
Photos by: Kevin Buitrago
It is a constant source of amazement for us that we seem to have a pretty regular flow of guys come into our stores looking sheepish and asking if we know how to tie a bowtie. Only to then produce one they bought at Tom Ford, Bergdorf or another of our competitors but where the guy selling them the bowtie didn’t know how to tie it for them or show them how. Amazing. Its like a guy who sells cars not knowing where the ignition is, or a wine broker who doesn’t know one end of a corkscrew from the other.
We normally take pity as although we’d rather the poor soul in question had purchased a bowtie from us it wouldn’t be right to let him suffer the pain of looking like an ignoramous in front of his friends, other half or anyone else for that matter.
In the interests of helping those who can’t make it into one of our stores for a lesson, we put together a step-by-step process for you so that next time you need to put on your full James Bond outfit, you can do it with style and aplomb. After all, there is nothing quite like tugging off the bowtie at the end of the night, either yourself, or with the assistance of a beautiful friend. And you can guarantee if they try to tug your tail and find out its clipped on, they’ll run faster than a gazelle from a pack of lions, so this is one you need to get right.
Make the bowtie the right size for your neck. If it is
marked with preset sizes, we suggest you set it to half
a size larger than your shirt. So if you’re a 15 1/2 neck
set it for 16. Then, place it around your neck and tie
one side under the other, just the same way as you
would if you were tying your shoelaces.
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Take one side and fold it inwards to
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Take the unused side of the bowtie while you hold the
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Now here’s the trick: as you loop the unused part
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As you loop the unused half over (or under) the half
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Once you have the rough makings of a bowtie work
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It will take some practice and no doubt cause some amusing moments in front of the mirror, but once you get the hang of it, it is a life skill you can use forever after and pass on as well.
So in part, you’ll be responsible for improving the world.
And that can only be a good thing.
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