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Bow Tie for the Groom

Bow Tie for the Groom

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…

Butterfly:

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.

 

 

Bat Wing:

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.