How to tie a bow tie by The Hill-Side

I love bow-ties. I don’t ever feel fully comfortable wearing them but I love the look of that little piece of cloth around the neck. According to Wikipedia, bow-ties tend to be associated with particular professions, such as architects, tax-collectors, attorneys, university professors, teachers, waiters and politicians. Pediatricians frequently wear bow ties since infants cannot grab them the way they could grab a four-in-hand necktie, and they do not get into places where they would be soiled or could, whether accidentally or deliberately, strangle the wearer. I don’t fit in to any of the above but thankfully the wearing of bow-ties is a little more acceptable with less professional people.


“To its devotees the bow tie suggests iconoclasm of an Old World sort, a fusty adherence to a contrarian point of view. The bow tie hints at intellectualism, real or feigned, and sometimes suggests technical acumen, perhaps because it is so hard to tie. Bow ties are worn by magicians, country doctors, lawyers and professors and by people hoping to look like the above. But perhaps most of all, wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an aggressive lack of concern for what other people think.”

Warren St John, The New York Times

For many, including me, tying a bow tie is like summiting the sartorial mountain top. To give you, and I, a refresher the Hill-Side have put together a clever clip using stop-motion. One natty chambray bow tie walks you through every step to ensure you’ll never think of the words “clip-on” again.


Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.

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