Mr. Bond rocks the bowtie for the black tie.

Mr. Bond rocks the bowtie for the black tie.

Want to up your James Bond status in life?  Learn how to tie a bowtie.  I am personally not a big fan of wearing bow-ties outside of black tie events, but when it is time to do it, you should be ready.

Most of you probably used the clip-on bowtie during your last formal (ahem, wedding) event and the biggest disadvantage of not having the real thing is you can’t do the “untied bowtie with a tux cause I partied like a rockstar” look (see: Christian Audigier).

So how do you do it?  Easy – it’s exactly like tying a shoelace, but on your neck.  You can check out step-by-step instructions on how to do it here

Can’t quite get it on the first try?  Don’t worry, it takes some practice before you get it down.  One thing that might help is to tie it on your leg first (as if you were tying your shoestrings).  Once it clicks, you will be the next bowtie ambassador of coolness.


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