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post #1 of 81
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I bought a couple cheap bow ties from the tie bar several weeks ago to see how they look on me. Last week, I wore a striped lavender seersucker bow tie with a Brooks Brother Khaki suit and I received tons of complements from my co-workers, a few men but mostly the women. I haven't seen much talk on the forum about bow ties but want to see how many people wear them and the best place to purchase them? The Ben Silver catalog has a good selection but none of them appealed to me, same with Brooks Brothers. I found several that I like on Drake's website but shipping to the US is very expensive.

Any suggestions? I want a navy, red/burgundy and orange bow tie for starters.

Love this pic of Chalky with a bow tie...want one!!

post #2 of 81
I have had exceptional luck for the last several years with The Cordial Churchman. She converted a tartan wool necktie to a bow tie for me a few years back; I've since picked up a seersucker/madras reversible and a brown fine corduroy. Her selection is worth a look.
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Originally Posted by random-adam View Post

I have had exceptional luck for the last several years with The Cordial Churchman. She converted a tartan wool necktie to a bow tie for me a few years back; I've since picked up a seersucker/madras reversible and a brown fine corduroy. Her selection is worth a look.

Thanks for the link.

Hard to believe there's not more people on this board that wear bow ties. Especially with tweed/wool becoming more popular.
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Originally Posted by Cuttingboard View Post

Hard to believe there's not more people on this board that wear bow ties.

 

I wear them quite a lot. I have some interesting ones from Dolbeau and Engineered Garments as well as more traditional ones from the likes of Asprey. Here's a shot from last year (excuse the messy background; I was in the process of moving things around the office at the time): EG bow-tie, MTM navy/midnight blue herringbone jacket,CT white shirt, dark blue vest and simple cotton square. I think I was wearing burgundy cords with this.

post #5 of 81
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Looks great Monkey...do you guys think its OK to wear a bow tie with a spread collar?
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Looks great Monkey...do you guys think its OK to wear a bow tie with a spread collar?

I don't particularly like that look. I know it's poison to some here to wear a tie with a OCBD, but I usually use a button-down collar with bow ties.

Other than that, my only point-collar shirt is for use with bow ties and formal wear. In fact, I was in a hurry to buy a formal shirt for an impromptu invite to a black-tie event and the SA at Brooks Brothers was adamant about a point collar with a bow tie.
post #7 of 81
So what should be the collar of choice for a bow tie!?

Point?
post #8 of 81
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I've worn a bow tie with the Brooks Brothers Ainsley collar which is a medium, not a full spread collar, and it looked fine.
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post #10 of 81
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Originally Posted by Cuttingboard View Post

I've worn a bow tie with the Brooks Brothers Ainsley collar which is a medium, not a full spread collar, and it looked fine.

I think the Ainsley would be okay. Wider spreads tend to look awkward with bow ties.

http://blog.brooksbrothers.com/the-clothes/a-quick-guide-to-the-major-styles-you%E2%80%99ll-find/

I'd steer clear of "The English Spread" and "The Londoner" among BB collars.

OP - This place has very nice ties:

http://www.lenoeudpapillon.com/
post #11 of 81
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I just bought a couple bow ties from Ed at Panta Clothing. I've bought several ties from Ed and he's a great guy!!

I'm in need of this burnt orange bow tie!! From FaneurNYC's link.

post #12 of 81
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I don't particularly like that look. I know it's poison to some here to wear a tie with a OCBD, but I usually use a button-down collar with bow ties.
Other than that, my only point-collar shirt is for use with bow ties and formal wear. In fact, I was in a hurry to buy a formal shirt for an impromptu invite to a black-tie event and the SA at Brooks Brothers was adamant about a point collar with a bow tie.

 

For me, with almost any style except spread collars. Most of my formal shirts are semi-spread collars which just about works, but point are best for standard bow-ties IMHO. OCBD, yeah, absolutely - with more informal bow-ties. (And of course, wing collar with black or white tie, for those who can)

post #13 of 81

 Hey, post more pics of you guys in bow ties. I just learned how to tie them. I will wear one out this weekend at night to see how people react.

post #14 of 81

Today...

This is a reversible sage green and navy raw silk tie from Dolbeau of Montreal.

post #15 of 81
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Originally Posted by dustinmyself View Post

So what should be the collar of choice for a bow tie!?
Point?

Button down.

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