I'm not convinced you can learn to tie a bow tie from a diagram--it didn't work for me.(I succeeded the same way one gets to the Sydney Opera House: practise, practise, practise.) But here goes:
The formal bow tie - either hand-tied or with a band - should be a medium width and height, fitting neatly over the tips of the wing collar shirt. Ends may be pointed or square. Traditional elegance requires a bow tie in black grosgrain - a closely woven corded fabric or rayon and cotton - or slightly textured black silk. Today, for formal occasions, many men express their individuality by matching the colour or pattern of their bow tie and cummerbund.
Remember: A cummerbund should always be worn with the pleats facing upward.
Bow Tying Instructions from The Bow Tie Club
"It's Just Like Tying Your Shoes"
- Wrap yellow neckband around start of neckband on navy end.
- Form a bow with the navy end as shown.
- Bring yellow end over navy bow.
- Form a bow with the yellow end as shown.
- Bring double sided yellow end under and through opening behind navy bow.
- Adjust doubled and single ends to desired shape. Remember, a proper bow tie never looks too neat, so make sure yours show individuality.
Illustrations and graphics taken from THE BOW TIE CLUB catalogue. Visit their website for ordering information.