Clip-on bow ties, while an amazing technological breakthrough, look too perfect and are easy to sniff out. The slight misalignment and different size of the left and right bows show that you are a gentleman who takes dressing well seriously. Plus, you'll be able to untie the bow tie at the end of the night and let it drape gloriously over your chest.
Of course, tying a bow tie is not something most guys have a lot of experience in. However, with a little practice, it becomes as automatic as tying a four-in-hand knot.
The best way to learn to tie a bow tie is to do it yourself, but with a little help. If you don't have a friend nearby who can help, a how-to video is the next best option.
The Snap Tailor staff has scoured the internet for the best how to tie a bow tie video, and this is it. It's a bit fast, so you may have to rewind it a few times. However, it's straight to the point and does a good job of showing you the key maneuvers.
Without further ado, How to Tie a Bow Tie: