(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.
- 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.
Wear It Write.