The bow ties is one type of traditional necktie. Usually, it is consisting of a ribbon of fabric tied around the collar of a shirt so it will form a loop on both opposite ends. It may be made of any fabric material, but the most common are cotton, polyester and silk. The other fabrics that can be used are wool and velvet.
When to Wear a Bow Tie
Bow ties are very appropriate during formal occasions, usually white-tie and black-tie events such as wedding and formal business events. Some religious occasions require bow ties as well. It also can be observed in some romantic events or school affairs like prom and Quinceañera.
Type of Bow Tie
Bow ties can be classified into three types: the pre-tied, the self-tie and the clip on. The pretied bow ties are sewn onto a band that goes around the neck and being clipped securely. The most traditional is the self-tie. The wearer must tie it around his collar by hand. Clip-ons on the other hand can be done by simply attaching or "clipping" straight to the collar.
Styles of Bow Ties
Here is the list of the common types of bow ties:
- Thistle tie. It is one of the most common type of bow tie and most commonly be purchased in any department stores. This classic tie is a good choice for any formal occasions specially with black and white tie events. A standard thistle tie feature wings that works well with any facial feature.
- Batwing bow tie. Many people prefer this style for formal occasions. This is thinner and most people think it’s not formal enough.
- Large Butterfly tie. Is often times worn for semi-formal affair due to its fun and fanciful look. It fits well for formal affairs that has solid color motif.
- Diamond point bow. It comes with wings with varying heights with stylish diamond point at the end. It also suits well for any formal events.
- Rounded club bow tie. It comes with varying sizes with unusual rounded ends. This is often used by people who wants to stand out in the event.
Sizing the Bow Tie
- Cross the two ends of the tie at the top most button of the shirt (as if you are about to tie an overhand knot).
- Pull the ring of one section over the tail-piece of the other section.
- Then fold it over in a 'U' figuration and bury the metal 'T' in the correct length setting,
How to tie a tuxedo bow tie - instruction step by step
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- Start with the bowtie lying face up. Adjust the bowtie so right side is shorter than the left. We can call the end on the left as the X and the right would be Y.
- Move X to the right side and across Y.
- Bring X under Y and going to the neck loop.
- Fold Y towards the right and then towards the left to create a the bow shape.
- Bring A straight down over the middle of the bow shape that was made with Y then fold X back towards the chest and pinch the fold.
- Push the pinched end of X through the loop behind Y.
- Pull on the folded parts of the bow to tighten. Adjust until balanced on both sides.