It's not as tricky as it first seems. Discover our tips on how to tie your bow tie and complete your black tie look. Step 1: First, make sure one side of the bow tie is lower than the other. Then take the longer part and place it over the short part. Step 2: With the longer part still in your hand, pull it under and then up behind the bow. Step 3: Now comes the fun part: fold the short part so that it resembles a butterfly wing. Step 4: Come around with the long part again and pull it up and over towards the front ↑ so that it is in front of the butterfly wing. Step 5: Pull the left wing over the right → and hold them together. Step 6: This is where it can get tricky. Hold the left wing and make sure to have a loophole at the top of the bow tie. Then fold the right side of the wing (the longer part). Step 7: Now take the right side of the wing (the longer part) and push it through the loophole, behind the first wing. Step 8: Finally adjust the bow tie and tighten it. You are now ready for your big night.