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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. These days the rounded club bow is the rara avis of the bow ties. Arguably the least formal of the lot, this is the tie for a Sunday run in the Mitsuoka Himiko , a picnic by the lake, or a spot of angling on the Tay.
We like this style and like it best in cotton and rougher textiles. A bow tie is rarely the wrong tie to wear — provided you have chosen the right one for your ensemble, the ensemble is occasion-appropriate, you have tied your tie well, and you wear it with ease and nonchalance.
This dress code for these is relatively straightforward and unambiguous: Wearing a self-tie bow tie to these is important: A white tie event is yet a further notch up — perhaps the ne plus ultra of formal.
As the name suggests, a white bow tie always a self-tie is absolutely necessary. This is not the time to experiment with colors. Notwithstanding the fact that the very phrase semi-formal is vexing, any affair so-billed is a wonderful occasion for experimentation with bow ties. We do not recommend taking too much license with your ensemble: By all means enjoy your options with respect to bow tie styles, materials, and textures; but your aim is to remain aligned with a dress code, so do resist the temptation to get too creative.
First-time bow tie wearers may incline towards supporting accessories like braces suspenders, printed socks, and bright shoelaces. Choosing your ensemble is only half the battle. The best thing you can wear with your bow tie is confidence. Too often, bow ties will wear the man , instead of the other way around.
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Confidence is great, but a well-chosen wardrobe, and great grooming habits definitely won't hurt. Bow ties may be made of any fabric material, but most are made from silk , polyester , cotton , or a mixture of fabrics.
The bow tie originated among Croatian mercenaries during the Thirty Years' War of the 17th century: This was soon adopted under the name cravat , derived from the French for " Croat " by the upper classes in France , then a leader in fashion , and flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries.
It is uncertain whether the cravat then evolved into the bow tie and four-in-hand necktie, or whether the cravat gave rise to the bow tie, which in turn led to the four-in-hand necktie. The most traditional bow ties are usually of a fixed length and are made for a specific size neck. Sizes can vary between approximately 14 and 19 inches as with a comparable shirt collar. Fixed-length bow ties are preferred when worn with the most formal wing-collar shirts, so as not to expose the buckle or clasp of an adjustable bow tie.
Adjustable bow ties are the standard when the tie is to be worn with a less formal, lie-down collar shirts which obscure the neckband of the tie. To its devotees, the bow tie suggests iconoclasm of an Old World sort, a fusty adherence to a contrarian point of view. The bow tie hints at intellectualism, real or feigned, and sometimes suggests technical acumen, perhaps because it is so hard to tie.
Bow ties are worn by magicians, country doctors, lawyers and professors and by people hoping to look like the above. But perhaps most of all, wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an aggressive lack of concern for what other people think.
Popular perception tends to associate bow tie wearers with particular professions , such as architects,  finance receipt collectors, attorneys,  university professors, teachers, waiters, and politicians. Pediatricians frequently wear bow ties since infants cannot grab them the way they could grab a four-in-hand necktie. Bow ties do not readily droop into places where they would get soiled or where they could, whether accidentally or deliberately, strangle the wearer.
Clowns sometimes use an oversize bow tie for its comic effect. Classical musicians traditionally perform in white tie or black tie ensembles, of which both designs are bow ties. Bow ties are also associated with weddings , mainly because of their almost universal inclusion in traditional formal attire. Bow ties, or slight variations thereof, have also made their way into women's wear, especially business attire. The s saw professional women, especially in law, banking, and the corporate world, donning very conservative tailored suits, with a rise of almost 6 million units in sales.
Russell Smith , style columnist for Toronto's The Globe and Mail , records mixed opinions of bow tie wearers. He observed that bow ties were experiencing a potential comeback among men,   though "the class conscious man recoils at the idea" of pre-tied bow ties and "[l]eft-wingers" Such people may not be economic conservatives, he argues, but they are social conservatives.
In Smith's view, the bow tie is "the embodiment of propriety," an indicator of fastidiousness, and "an instant sign of nerddom in Hollywood movies," but "not the mark of a ladies' man" and "not exactly sexy. Most men, he observes, only wear bow ties with formal dress. The four-in-hand necktie is still more prominent in contemporary Western society, it being seen the most at business meetings, formal functions, schools, and sometimes even at home.
However, the bow tie is making a comeback [ when? Bow ties are often worn with suits by those trying to convey a more dressed-up, formal image, whether in business or social venues. Bow ties are still generally popular with men of all ages in the American South , having never gone out of fashion there. Traditional opinion remains that it is inappropriate to wear anything other than a bow tie with a dinner jacket. Bow ties are also sometimes worn as an alternative to ascot ties and four-in-hand neckties when wearing morning dress.
The dress code of " black tie " requires a black bow tie. Most military mess dress uniforms incorporate a bow tie. Shown below on the right is one style of ready-tied bow tie; there is also a clip-on that does not go around the neck but clips to the collar points.
Wearing a ready-tied bow tie at formal occasions requiring a black or white tie dress code is usually considered a faux pas, though at occasions such as Schools Leavers' Proms or ones at which the participants are unlikely to have had much experience wearing bow ties it may be commonplace. Which is worn is a matter of personal preference. Some other shapes do exist; for instance, the Diamond Point, with pointed tips at both ends.
This bow tie width is preferred by a majority of our customers, and is always a good choice. Butterfly Jumbo - Our Butterfly Jumbo bow tie is /2 inches high. It's our equivalent of a "Big and Tall" size, and looks best on men with larger neck sizes and bigger faces and chins. Bow ties can generally accommodate collar sizes between inches to inches. 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. Is the tie similar in size to the width of your jacket's lapel? 2. Is the tie proportionate to your body size? 3. Does the tie appropriately represent your style? If you can answer "yes" to all three of these questions, you've successfully chosen the correct width. Shop Bow Tie Style.