Hi Alton Brown here in my closet to tell you that bow ties were cool .
Everybody knows this yet .
So many of the bow curious out there , is this the urge to simply tie one on ?
Well , let me point out the bow ties are imminently practical .
All right , when wearing a bow tie , one does not worry about spilling , you know , mustard on your tie , you just get it on your shirt and shirts are , you know , really cheap to clean .
So it's no big deal .
Um , you will also , uh , never have to worry about getting your tie tangled up in your harness or cables or controls in the cockpit and believe me in a bow tie , you'll never fret about being tie strangled in a fight .
In other words , bow ties allow you to stylishly sidestep the myriad hazards that stray tie wears commonly face each and every day .
Now , I'm gonna assume just for the sake of argument that you are not currently in possession of a bow tie .
So let us review the styles available .
Um , this straight end model is called a Jackson .
I like these , especially with the dinner jacket , very crisp .
Little on the nerdy end of the scale of that Cheer Vibe .
Uh Here we have a standard bow , good place to uh start very typical style , but a little expected , uh the larger uh butterfly bow is even uh easier to tie because that's big .
But unless you're very confident and well , I guess you could be a professional clown .
I ju I just wouldn't start here .
It's too risky .
Uh Here's my personal favorite style .
It is called either a Bat Wing or a diamond tip .
Sometimes both .
Now , a bat wing is perfectly suitable for everyday wear or for evening wear .
Uh , doctor .
No , uh , James Bond Bat Wing with the dinner suit .
Just saying .
Now what I especially like about the bat wing is if , uh , you have a reversible model , you'll be able to get a little , uh , peek at the , uh , backside sticking out and they're still relatively rare which uh , uh makes you even cooler .
Did I mention Bogart or bad wings ?
Bowar as for getting the length , right ?
I like bow ties that have just a , a buckle for adjustment .
And although the uh , length is a personal decision , there are two good ways to kind of get started .
You take your neck size if you know it , double it and add two inches and that's , you know how long the tie should be or you can just start with your pants , waist size .
All right , enough talk we tie all right .
There are a few different ways , uh to tie a bow tie .
But as far as I'm concerned , this is the , the easiest , it's a good place to start because essentially it's tying a shoe problem is , is the perspective is inside the shoe , which is tough .
So you're gonna want to use a , a mirror .
Now , I'm right handed .
If you're left handed , watch this video in a mirror and everything will be just fine .
Step one place the tie around the neck , whichever side you want to face out in the end should now be facing in .
All right , take your dominant hand and pull that side down .
Uh So you get about uh 2.5 inches .
Uh You know , more than on the other side .
Step two cross over the short side and loop up and through .
Thusly , just like tying a shoe step three form the back loop .
All right .
Now your tie has got two sides .
You got two choices , you pinch and cross like that or you can twist and pinch and cross .
But you know what , I'm gonna go with the camouflage side step four , drop the long piece over , OK ?
And then take it up the back and around , essentially trapping that back loop .
See should be able to let go stays right there .
Now , this is where things get tricky five , you know , loosen the loop that you just made and use your finger to poke the top piece through , kind of pull on it like that .
Now , that looks horrible , doesn't it ?
It's , it's ok .
Step six .
Pull the ends just a little then hold the , uh , closed loops .
What not tires call the bites and simply tighten and heat several times gently .
Now , I don't like my knots too tight and I don't like them fussy .
They're a little off .
It's fine .
It makes me look like I don't really care .
And that's cool .
Now , buy a bow tie and practice .
Oh , if the knot looks good , but the tie is a little too loose .
Just lift your collar and tighten up that , uh , buckle in the back .
You look good .
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