September 1, 2010

What Color Bow Tie

How to Pick the Right Bow Tie Color

Bow Tie Colors
Bow ties come in endless amount of colors, patterns, and even sizes. These endless amount of choices might make it difficult to find the perfect fitting bow tie. When choosing the right bow tie you not only have to consider the occasion and dress code, but you should also consider the time of the day, your ensemble, as well as your facial features and proportion.

The Classics: Black, White, & Silver
These three colors are by far the most popular bow tie colors with black being right at the top of this list. The solid black bow tie is the classic choice for black tie attire consisting of classic tuxedo and either waistcoat or cummerbund. Silver is a great alternative to black. It is formal and elegant and unlike the black bow tie also suited for occasions during the day. Traditionally white is the most formal bow tie color. In fact, there is a dress code called “White Tie” that consists of white bow tie, tailcoat jacket, and a white waistcoat.

Bright Colors: Reds, Yellows, Greens, & Co
Bright colored bow ties are most common for weddings that occur during the day. Those bow ties are typically matched with a handkerchief. Especially bright colors and pastels are popular during the spring and summer. As a general rule: The more shiny the bow, the more formal it will appear.

Patterns: Polka Dots, Stripes, Paisleys
The more casual bow tie has a pattern. These bow ties are popular among bow tie aficionados that often times choose a bow tie over a necktie for their daily attire. Such bow ties are typically matched with sportscoat or blazer jacket rather than a complete suit. Typical professions that wear these bow ties are professors, architects, and designers. We at carry a wide selection of Casual Bowties

A Note on Size
There are several bow tie sizes. By size we mean the bow tie spread (the vertical size of the actual bow), rather than the length that is tied around the neck. Most common are bow ties that have a spread of 2.25 inches – 2.75 inches. Smaller, skinnier bows (sometimes also known as bat-wing bows) look best on men that have a narrow and longer neck. Larger bow ties (commonly called butterflies) looks best on men with wider and shorter necks.

Free-style or Pre-Tied?
Most men that only wear a bow tie for special occasions choose a bow tie that was already pre-tied. These bows are not only more convenient, but they also accommodate any necksize. There is no need to tie your own bow, and the actual shape is already perfect! Self-tied bow ties (also known as freestyle bow ties) are most popular among bow tie aficionados. The self-tied look does add more sophistication and will differentiate the true bow tie lover from the occasional bow tie wearer. For more information you may also want to have a look at our tutorial on How to Tie a Bow Tie

Other Related Readings:
Wear Your Bow Tie Like a Pro
Necktie, Bolo, and Co

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