It's exactly 25 days until July and that can only mean one thing; time to prepare for the Vodacom Durban July 2015. This is the premier and biggest horse-racing event on the African continent and that means a host of activities connected to the premier event, which is the race. The Vodacom Durban July has gained immense popularity over the decades and has also become an event that attracts people from all over South Africa. With a diverse crowd it has also morphed into other sub-events that showcase the cultural diversity and progressiveness of Durban. Apart from big brands being major sponsors, there are also lifestyle, culture and fashion events throughout the day. It has become a must attend event for anyone looking for a day under the Durban winter sun.
I surmise that not many gents out there are adept at tying a bow tie nor do they want to attempt because it appears to be a laborious and painstaking process. Maybe that explains why I don't have a bow tie of my own. By learning how to tie a bow tie you're also moving away from the clip-on and pre-tied bow ties that are so pervasive in the South African market. It's time we all learned how to do it. The above image shows exactly how it should be done and I can attest tot he fact that steps 1 - 3 are the easiest and simplest. Below is a breakdown of how to tie a bow tie.
1. Start with the bowtie lying face up. Adjust the bowtie so right side is shorter than the left. The end on the left will be referred to as A and the end on the right will be referred to as B.
2. Move A to the right side, across B.
3. Bring A under B and up through the neck loop.
4. At the joint, fold B towards the right and then towards the left to create a the bow shape.
5. Bring A straight down over the middle of the bow shape that was made with B.
6. Fold A back towards the chest and pinch the fold.
7. Push the pinched end (A) through the loop behind B.
8. Pull on the folded parts of the bow to tighten.
9. Adjust until balanced on both sides.
This is your opportunity to look the part and also do it the right way by tying your own bow tie. Maybe you might find yourself having to school other style conscious gents on how to do it.
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