style is a simple way of saying complicated things.

style is a simple way of saying complicated things.

The Bow Tie

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

(bow tie - The Tie Bar | shirt - Club Monaco | pants - J. Crew | shoes - To Boot New York)

Never thought you were a bow tie kind of guy? Can't blame you. Read more on how to do it right.

A bow tie can be tricky. Either you dress it up and look like you're late for a red carpet after party (as the waiter) or too casually looking like either the four year old ring bearer at your uncle's wedding or a drunk southern gent. Although the latter may appear to be the better option (especially for all you toddlers out there), there is another way.

A bow tie should be worn with the same confidence and attitude as a regular necktie (only a bit quirky-er). First, it's important that you select the right type. In this sense, you can relatively rule out differences in fabric. A bow tie is primarily a warm weather item and so contrasting wool or textured fabrics isn't an issue. The main things you should be looking for are shape, color, and pattern

Shape: Take a look at that link. The bow ties that you want to wear are diamond, Windsor, and butterfly. The classic bow tie is a little bit big, so reserve it for black tie occasions.

Color: As is usual fashion sense, wear a tie that works with the colors of your suit/jacket/pants. Just because you're wearing a bow tie doesn't mean that regular standards don't apply.

Pattern: Take a note from your favorite ties--bow ties are no different. Look for stripes, polka dots, etc. Make it fun, boring bow ties are how you get mistaken for a middle-aged out of work barber shop quartet member.

Remember: it's not a costume. Don't feel the need to dress around your bow tie--it's the accessory.

Takeaways:
  • Bow ties look great with vests or cardigans. 
  • Change out your tie for a bow tie with a suit--especially in the summer.
  • A bow tie is more fun--if you're wearing it with a suit, wear shoes that are a bit more casual to complete the look (don't worry, it's still office appropriate). 
  • If you can help it, go for the real (not the pre-tied) bow tie, it pulls you up about three style points. 
  • Go sockless.










Stay classy,

Wear It Write. 

13 comments:

  1. i never thought i was a bow tie kinda guy, but hey, this makes a lot of sense. great post, thanks

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    1. Thanks Matt--hope you'll be rocking a bow tie soon. Keep reading!

      -Tom

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  2. my favorite look!

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  3. It's southern preppy but at the same time it's just...not! Great post, smart look.

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    1. That was the aim, glad it shows! Thanks for reading Sam.

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  4. I absolutely love the shoes! love them. Flawless look, and it's an excellent post! Keep it up!!!

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    1. Mark--you're too kind. I love those shoes, they're my favorite pair. Thanks for the support--keep reading! And let me know what you'd like to see a post about next.

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  5. Self tied bow tie? Do you prefer that over a pre-tied that much? I can't tie one but still love the idea of the bow tie.

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    1. I prefer a self tied bow tie. It's not hard to learn at all, it seems daunting but once you know you'll never forget. Youtube is key.

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  6. This is great. Nice watch, it's not too in your face.

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    1. Thanks Peter, that's always a plus! Understated and casual works best.

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  7. Man, I love this post. The second photo is absolutely iconic. Great things are happening here for menswear

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