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What is the difference between bow ties?
Bow ties might be difficult to tie the first time, but the variety in styles isn't hard to grasp. With three categories and five different shapes, the bow tie is flexible for all ages! Here are the three overarching categories:
In order for you to pick the best category, consider your skill level with tying, and the look you're going for. Clip on ties are definitely best for kids, especially with their tendency to remove ties. These are very easy to put on, and look cute on kids. Pre-tied bow ties are best for events like prom, or for those who really struggle to tie their ties.
Self-tied bow ties are a whole different matter. While clip on and pre-tied bows are very perfect and clean, part of the charm of the bow tie as a style is the imperfection. People confident enough to rock one should embrace the perfect imperfection of the self-tied for maximum style points. The second factor to consider is shape:
The butterfly shapes are the most popular. When tying these remember that you won't get it perfect, and the butterfly shape lends itself well to the slight asymmetry. As the standard style for bow ties, you really can't go wrong. Big butterfly bows are best for big and tall sizes and formal events. The big butterfly is best suited for upper class events because the overall attire is strict. With the tie being much bigger, it adds a subtle flair to your outfit.
How you should wear your bow tie
Wear your bow tie with confidence. It's what sets you apart from the dapper and the crisp. To pull off the bow tie is to look the world in the eyes and say: "I am fashionable." Ties are easy, bow ties are different (in a good way). See, the thing about the bow tie is that it's playful and proud. The regular tie is something that looks nice and professional, but the bow tie looks nice, professional, AND cool.
Your bow has a few occasions that it is always appropriate for, and a few that it might be appropriate for.
Weekends out on the town are a great time to sport a bow tie. Grab your favorite chinos, a button up shirt, and some suspenders. Just make sure if your bow tie is loud, to let it be loud. This means solid colors, or as few bright colors as possible with your outfit.
For formal events, a bow tie is always a strong choice. Consider something dark and subtly printed, or a solid color silk tie. You'll likely steal the show when everyone else is wearing a regular neck-tie.
Business casual is definitely the best place to wear a bow tie. All too often the workplace ends up being a dull ride, where fashion goes to die. But what if you could spruce things up? Grab a spiffy bow tie, and pair it with your usual attire, to level it up. If you need to take things up a notch for a presentation, or meeting with clients, consider a matching pocket square, and cufflinks, to go with your blazer and tie! It's always the details that push people over the edge, so don't skimp!
Pocket squares are back! Got a blazer? Get a square. But don't be fooled. A matching pocket square and tie duo isn't always the answer, but definitely a good one. They are nice and you should definitely get one, but the best thing you can do is to mix and match. You see, a matching tie and pocket square can be too monochromatic if the rest of your outfit is the same color (basically if you're wearing a suit, it's best to change things up a bit). The pocket square is designed to be a brilliant pop, or something subtle.
In the spirit of both, consider picking one color from your shirt or tie, and match that to your square. That way, your tie and your square can both shine with ease. And to top it off, you've got several fold styles to choose from! Here are a few of those options for every occasion: