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How to tie a perfect bow tie: Easy step-by-step instructions

It's a question men have struggled with for centuries: How do you tie a picture-perfect bow tie without looking sloppy? Sure, you could always settle for a pre-tied style — but doesn't that feel like cheating somehow?

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How to tie the perfect necktie or scarf: Watch and learn

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To find out how to master the dapper look, TODAY tapped men's style expert Dan Trepanier, founder of the menswear shop Articles of Style .

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Step 1:

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  • Put the bow tie underneath your collar and leave it open, making sure the fabric is even on both sides. Loop the two sides.

Step 2:

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  • Take the right side and fold it horizontally so it's parallel to your belt. This will be one side of your bow.
  • Drape the left side over the right so it's pointing toward the floor.

Step 3:

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  • Complete the bow by pulling the left side up underneath and behind the layered pieces. Pull it through the hole in between the layers and original knot.
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  • Lean to the left side and be sure to not pull the entire piece through. This will be the other side of your bow.

Step 4:

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  • Tighten both sides to ensure it's even. Voila!
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This article was originally published on Dec. 11, 2015 on TODAY.com.

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