A guide to the classic bowtie: get tied up!
You have the noticed the comeback of the bowtie in recent years. A few years ago there was only one man that got away with wearing a bowtie and that was James Bond. But the bowtie has shaken off its nerdy image and is an accessory that needs to be part of any (fashionable) man’s wardrobe.
The bowtie comes in different sizes, shapes, colours and fabrics. When it comes to wearing the right bowtie for the right occasion it is important to keep one thing in mind: the occasion and the material. When it comes to ties it is all about the fabric and the level of patterns. The more casual the fabric looks, the more casual the outfit will look and the same goes for patterns.
Luckily for you, there are a few ancient rules when it comes to ties and if you stick to those you can’t go wrong. So here is a little guide to help you out of the woods.
A black silk bowtie is a safe option for any formal occasion. If you are wearing a black suit and you would like to add an element of colour to the outfit you could do this by picking out a colour that suits your skin type.
A paisley pattern is suitable for most formal and business occasions. The bright colours and the beautiful material will compliment any outfit. If it is a formal party you are attending and you are bringing a plus one, than adjust the colour of your bowtie to her dress.
The most common mistake when picking out a tie for a casual event is the choice of material. If you want to combine a bowtie with a casual outfit than keep the material of the tie very plain. Choose a tie with print or bright colours to match the shirt you are wearing. A plaid bowtie is the most common type to be used for casual events so if you want to stay on the safe side, a plaid tie in the colours of your outfit would be the one to choose.
You usually see striped ties in the business environment. Stripes go down very well with suits and they help exude confidence and power according to many advisers on the subject. Other than that stripes make it easier to compliment an outfit without being too frivolous.
Any other material or pattern is great for a causal occasion with friends or family. Whether it is cotton, wool or spandex as long as you make sure you match the colour to your outfit it doesn’t really matter.
As the bowtie has seen its comeback, you buy the majority of them as a clip-on or attached to a small belt that is adjustable to the size of your neck. But for the true romantics out there, here is a guide that tells you how to tie them: