Untied, this style looks like a long rectangle strip with flat ends. A man should feel as comfortable switching between neckties and bow ties as he would between monk-straps and lace-ups or between belts and braces. An ill-fitting shirt combined with a bow tie will make you look stodgy. The pre-tied bow tie is a neat, preternaturally symmetrical bow attached to an adjustable band. They are less common, but can still be worn for formal occasions.
Croatian mercenaries used a type of neckwear similar to a short scarf to hold together the collars of their shirts. The short scarf of the Cravates was assimilated by the French upper-sets, to whom Europeans of the period looked as arbiters of fashion. In the decades subsequent to the end of World War II, the bow tie became less common; but even when popularity ebbed it remained and does still remain a fixture of formal attire.
Although it never vanished completely from menswear, the bow tie has once again begun to reassert itself as a staple. We are happy to say that an ever-growing number of style-conscious men are now comfortable incorporating bow ties into their day-to-day outfits, and no longer view the bow tie as the preserve of the quirky, the comic, or the contrived. This is a point that we believe deserves emphasis. A man should feel as comfortable switching between neckties and bow ties as he would between monk-straps and lace-ups or between belts and braces.
The ineluctable imprecision of the self-tied bow tie may be the counterpoint to the immaculacy of an ensemble, or it may be of a piece with the managed carelessness of one. The pre-tied bow tie is a neat, preternaturally symmetrical bow attached to an adjustable band. Pre-tied bow ties look pre-tied, and lack the character as a self-tie. The pre-tied bow tie is suitable for children, and for those who lack or no longer have the dexterity to tie or adjust for themselves a self-tie.
A style-conscious and nuance-sensitive man will detect that the look of his pre-tied bow tie is somehow off , and that his appearance with it on is less impressive than he imagined. This is a pre-tied bow attached to a metal clasp which hooks or clips directly onto the collar of a shirt. Clip-on bow ties are suitable for young children only. A bow tie is, with limited exception, a one-size-fits-all affair. With a little trial and error, any adjustable bow tie can be made to fit the neck of the average adult male.
Bow ties can generally accommodate collar sizes between If your bow tie has the hook-and-hole adjustment system, match the sizing to the size of the collar of the shirt you will be wearing. If your bow tie has a sliding-adjustment system, we recommend the following.
With upturned collar wrap the tie around the collar band as if you are preparing to tie it see below. At the topmost button of your shirt, cross the two ends of the tie — just as if you were going to tie it in a simple overhand knot. Adjustment is inevitable, and practice is necessary. Learning how to tie a bow tie is regarded by some as a rite of passage on the journey to becoming a true gentleman.
Tying a bow can be difficult the first few times and takes practice to master. This butterfly is appropriate for virtually every occasion and is perhaps the best style to acquire first if you are beginning to experiment with bow ties. It is sometimes worn with formalwear and is perhaps best-suited to fancy-dress occasions.
Absent a suitable context, or on a smaller man, the big butterfly can look comic. It is a grandiose tie, and should, therefore, be worn grandly. The batwing shape, also known as a straight or slim bow tie, is the smallest in height. Untied, this style looks like a long rectangle strip with flat ends. Batwing bow ties are typically less than two inches in width.
Tied well, they provide a clean, symmetrical look. Some regard it as less formal than the butterfly, but it is a classic shape and remains acceptable for black tie events.
Be sure not to tie it too long, or it will look like you are wearing a propeller. It is one of our favorite styles. The bat wing is more modern and less formal, though still suitable for black tie events. They work better with standard collars. They are less common, but can still be worn for formal occasions.
Choose a bow tie to match the occasion. The fabric and color you choose for your bow tie depends largely on where you will be wearing it. The more casual the occasion, the more freedom you have in choosing your bow tie.
Wear a white bow tie for white tie events. This is the most formal type of dress, reserved for state dinners, and very formal balls or evening weddings. Your bow tie should be white and pure silk. Its texture should match the lapel of your tuxedo jacket. Wear a black bow tie for black tie events. Black tie events include the opera,  formal dinners, and evening weddings. Traditionally, men should wear tuxedos and black bow ties. Try experimenting with color for creative black tie or semi-formal events.
For these less formal occasions, a colored or patterned bow tie is permissible,  and you may also experiment with different fabrics. Make a statement by wearing a bow tie with your suit. Stick with navy, black, or gray suits, and blue or white shirts. Let your bow tie make the statement. A bow tie and loose jacket might make you look too much like a professor.
Add style to your casual attire. A bow has become a staple of hipster chic, but even for the non-hipsters among us, a bow tie can spice up a shirt and blazer or a simple button down shirt. They give you an intellectual look, combined with an old-timey aesthetic and just a hint of mischief. An ill-fitting shirt combined with a bow tie will make you look stodgy. Tie your bow tie. Be sure to practice a couple of times before you need to wear your tie. Like any other tie, tying a bow tie properly takes a little practice.
Don't be discouraged if you don't get the perfect tie at first. Pull at the loops carefully. Tighten the loops until you have adjusted the tie to your satisfaction.
Pulling at the flat ends will only untie your tie. Check the length of the bow. Make sure the finished bow falls somewhere between the outer edges of your eyes and the width of your face. If not, you may need to adjust your knot, or the length of your bow tie. Do not worry if your tie is slightly asymmetric when tied. It is supposed to look that way. The small irregularities found in a self-tied bow tie give it charm.
And the natural look of a self-tied bow tie helps it to stand out from the cookie-cutter look of ready-tied versions.
Which bow ties with linen suits: Any bow tie fabric will match well with a linen suit, given it's "casualness" as a suit. We recommend going with a pastel color palette to . Bright or motley bow tie is good to match in a light solid color dark suit and shirt. Finely or one colored pattern of bow ties are the finest match for the suits that comes with plaid or striped fabrics. For a suits, go with navy, black or grey, and for shirts, stick to blues and whites. It's possible to wear a pinstripe suit with a bow tie, but make sure the stripe is subtle. And make sure the.