How to Use a Square Knot for Dress or Blouse Ties

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Some women's and girls' fashions include ties to cinch in the waist or decorate the neckline. A square knot is a great way to fasten these ties without adding the bulk of a bow in the back, which can be uncomfortable. It's also a sleek option if a bow seems too cutesy or if the ties are too short to make a nice bow. A square knot sits flat and looks polished. Once you know the trick, these knots are easy to tie perfectly every time.

Hold the left tie in your left hand and the right tie in your right hand. Cross the left tie over the right tie.

Bring the end of the left tie back and up through the center to form the first part of the knot. Pull the ties to tighten them closer to the body but allow a little slack for movement.

Hold the right tie in your right hand and the left in your left hand. This time, cross the right tie over the left tie.

Bring the right tie back under the left tie and pull it through the loop and out the left side. Pull the ends to snug up the knot. Don't make it too tight or the square in the middle will be crushed.

Smooth out the center of the tie by tugging the edges of the square knot. Position the ties to fall from the bottom corners of the square knot.