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How to Adjust My Bow Tie

Whether you’ve chosen a self-tie bow tie or a pre-tied one, adjustment is key to achieving that perfectly polished look. An aspect of achieving a refined look with your bow tie is getting the length just right. We’ve created step-by-step instructions on adjusting a bow tie, so you can confidently rock yours.

1 How to adjust my bow tie1.1 How to tighten a self-tie bow tie with a slider1.2 How to tighten your self-tie bow tie with measurement holes1.3 How to adjust a bow tie with a slider1.4 How to adjust a bow tie with measurement holes1.5 You asked – we answered

How to Tighten a Self-tie Bow Tie with a Slider

  1. First, measure your neck.
  2. Add 19 inches (48 cm) to the measurement you from measuring. (That is how long your bow tie needs to be from its end to the slider). Adjust the slider.
  3. Make sure to tighten the first simple knot before proceeding with tying the bow tie.
  4. If you can’t get your bow tie snug enough to have the desired fit around your neck, it could indicate that your bow tie is too long to fit your neck size. 

If your skills need work, you can follow this thorough guide on how to tie a bow tie.

How to Tighten Your Self-tie Bow Tie with Measurement Holes

  1. Measure your neck.
  2. Determine the appropriate hole corresponding to your desired bow tie length.
  3. Start with the hole that provides the length closest to your desired one.
  4. Make sure to tighten the first simple knot before proceeding with tying the bow tie.
  5. If you can’t get your bow tie snug tight enough to have the desired fit around your neck, it could indicate that your bow tie is too long to fit your neck size. 

If your skills need work, you can follow this thorough guide on how to tie a bow tie. 

How to Adjust a Bow Tie with a Slider

  1. First, you need to decide whether you need to make the neck strap shorter or longer.
  2. If you’re adjusting for a shorter length, hold onto the slider and gently pull it towards the bow tie to further the excess length of the strap and shorten it.
  3. If you’re adjusting for a longer length, hold onto the slider and slide it away from the bow tie. This releases the excess lengths and extends it.
  4. Test it out. Try on the bow tie and see for yourself if it's comfortable or if you need to repeat the adjustment process.

How to Adjust a Bow Tie with Measurement Holes

  1. Determine the appropriate hole corresponding to your desired bow tie length and start with the hole that provides the length closest to your desired one.
  2. Insert the hook or clasp on the end of the neck strap into that hole to secure the length.
  3. Assess how it feels around your neck. If it’s not quite right, simply try a different hole.

Now that you’ve learned how to adjust your bow tie, you might wonder how to wear one. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with this guide on how to wear a bow tie.

If you need more knowledge about how to put on a pre-tied bow tie, you can learn everything there is to know about putting on a pre-tied bow tie here. If you're in the market for a new one, browse our collection here.

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