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Try This Bow Tie Style Hack

Have you ever wished one of your favorite ties was a bow tie? Or maybe you just got a last minute invite to a black tie event…TONIGHT and (oh crap!) you don’t have a bow tie. What do you do?

Do what any good style hacker would do and improvise. With a little know-how you can turn a regular long tie into a suave bow tie. You’ll need two things:

  1. A plan (see below) and a few minutes to practice (nobody said being a style hacker was easy).
  2. A slim tie (the Black Lapel tie width is perfect for this hack).

Follow the steps below and you’ll be able to turn a long necktie into a stylish bow tie in minutes.

Show us your bow tie style hack for a chance to win a Black Lapel tie of your choice! Share a pic of yourself wearing your hacked bow tie on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #BowTieStyleHack and #BlackLapel by 11:59pm EST October 1, 2013! We’ll pick our favorite and announce the winner on October 2, 2013! 

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22 thoughts on “Try This Bow Tie Style Hack”

  1. Baxtton says:

    Really cool, i’ll try it for sure.
    Thanks and good job guys

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad you’re digging it! Fool ’em all Baxtton!

  2. Jovan says:

    Kind of reminds me of single ended bow ties, which are not my thing but some people love them. I figure if you have the time to seek out a single ended bow for the advantage of having it uninterrupted in back while wearing a wing collar, you may as well seek out a neck-sized bow tie.


    1. Black Lapel says:

      Great point, Jovan!

      Having a single ended bow tie in the arsenal (or any bow ties for that matter) would certainly keep guys out of the jam we mentioned above!

  3. Lucky says:

    i’m going to agree with Talha, it is seriously genius! too bad i saw this late would have loved to enter the competition

    1. Black Lapel says:

      You may have missed the competition, but you can probably win some free beer by demonstrating this knot for your friends at Happy Hour, Lucky.

  4. Alan Warrick II says:

    This is great. I love bow ties and wear them nearly every day and have neglected my 20 or so other ties. No longer. Best Post Yet!!!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad to hear we’ve opened the door to wearing those other 20 ties, Alan! Variety is the spice of life.

  5. Alexander says:

    This is something I would never think about. Thanks, Black Lapel!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Happy to help, Alexander. Never go bow tie-less again!

  6. Lúcio says:

    Brazilian fans are on the competition or is it US only?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Bom dia Lucio. Feel free to enter the competition. Bring it on!

      1. Lúcio says:

        I forgot to send the picture… =(

        1. Black Lapel says:

          Never fear, we’ll do more of these types of photo contests.

          You can always post your photo and link to it in a comment if you want to show off your skills to other readers.

  7. James Macrae says:

    Bloody Genius… and a bow-tie tying guide which actually has more than 2 steps, I have to try this

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Do try it, James. This will totally change how you look at your tie rack!

  8. Jao says:

    Finally, I can put variety on my look with the ties I already have.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      That’s right, Jao. Between this and the alternative knots we’ve highlighted in the past, like the Trinity and Eldredge knots, you can really keep things interesting!

  9. Drew Mathew says:

    Lol yes! I showed some friends how to do this who didn’t think it was possible without a bow tie. Don’t know if this is the exact same way I did it, but I felt like (with the tie I used) it was hard to pull off for an extended period of time. I’ll have to try this hack and see f that fixes my problem!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      This style hack is so cool we almost kept it to ourselves, but sharing is caring, Drew. So, like you, we felt we had to tell the our peeps how to pull this little trick off.

  10. talha says:

    Seriously genius!
    Love the weekly posts guys. Keep it up!
    Will definitely try this one.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We’re pretty excited about this one as well. Be sure to take pics and hashtag them when you make your own bow tie!

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