Completing my Bucket List

Learning to Tie a Bow Tie

After spending many years in the orchestra at school, I’m pretty experienced when it comes to tying a tie, but a bow tie is totally different.


Red Royal Stewart Tartan Bow Tie Ready Tied, Fits neck sizes 13″ to 23″ 34cm to 60cm Designer: Van Buck Red Royal Stewart Tartan Patterned Bow Tie by Van Buck. Traditional tartan for the Royal house of Stewart and the personal tartan of Queen Elizabeth II . A Red, yellow, blue, black & white quality tartan men’s bow tie made in England. Ready tied bow tie with easily adjustable neckband. Fits neck sizes 13″ to 23″ 34cm to 60cm. Presented in a gift box. Material: 100% Polyester

I was sent this Tartan Van Buck Bow Tie by Ties Planet.

Inside the packet are “easy to use instructions” but my attempts kept looking like this.


My next step was watching videos on Youtube.  Step by step guides.  And on my seventh attempt – Voila!


Bow Ties aren’t just for men anymore, and are becoming a popular women’s accessory.  This tartan bow tie is perfect for one of my outfits for College of Wizardry.  

Ties Planet is a leading online retailer of neckwear and related accessories.  The company was founded in 2006 by brothers, Andrew and Chris Bragg, who continue to be heavily involved in the operation of the business. We are based near Leeds, West Yorkshire and supply customers from over 190 countries.

Our website,, has established itself as a vital resource for those wishing to buy ties for events such as weddings and proms or everyday use. Bespoke ties are also produced to order and our reputation for high quality custom made items is spreading. 

Is learning to tie a bow tie on your bucket list?

I’d love to see your attempt.  Hopefully the video above helps.










**I was sent this bow tie in exchange for this post, but as always all opinions are my own**



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