There is no better day to rock a bow tie than your wedding day! Bow ties used to be the most formal piece in a man's closet, but these days it looks like men are pairing bow ties with casual outfits too.
Bow ties come in different styles and sizes. Here’s what you need to know…
This style is less formal and more casual.
Thistle or Semi-Butterfly:
This is the most common style worn at black tie functions. This style of bow tie comes either as pre-tied or self-tied which is more sophisticated than the pre-tied one.
This style is part Ribbon and part Semi-Butterfly tie. This style looks best on short and thin men.
Pointed Bow Tie:
The pointed wings behind the fold add a nice visual touch. If you prefer this bow tie style, buy the pointed bow ties that are self-tied. Pre-tied versions look tacky and out of place.
Tip: If you're going to wear a bow tie, you might as well wear a pocket square.
For a black bow tie, the pocket square should be white or cream colored. But if you're wearing a white or cream jacket, then a black pocket square is required. You may wish to match the color of the pocket squares with the bridesmaids’ dresses or your bride’s flower bouquet.
How to tie a bow tie:
#1 Place the bow tie around your neck, situating it so that end "A" is about two inches longer than end "B".
#2 Cross end "A" over end "B".
#3 Bring end "A" up and under the loop.
#4 Now double end "B" over itself to form the front base loop of the bow tie.
#5 Loop end "A" over the center of the loop you just formed.
#6 Holding everything in place, double end "A" back on itself and poke it through the loop behind the bow tie.
#7 Adjust the bow tie by tugging at the ends of it and straightening the center knot.