Bow tie sizing (height) - Your input would be greatly appreciated!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Amiro555, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. Amiro555

    Amiro555 Member

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    So I am new to the world of bow ties and have recently acquired a classic grosgrain thistle bow tie to wear with my tuxedo. I did some research online and found that the classic height for thistle bow tie is 2.5". I also found some source that says 2" tall thistle bow ties are still acceptable.

    I went ahead and bought a 2.5" (height) x 4.5" (width).

    This may be my lack of experience with bow ties but the 2.5" thistle appears a bit too bulky for my taste. Below are two photos for your reference. I am 5'10" with somewhat of a long face. (I threw on an old white sports shirt and navy jacket for reference only so no judgement please!)

    I have the option to acquire a 2" (height) x 4.75" (width) thistle bow tie to replace the current one. I would appreciate your opinion whether I should get the slimmer one or stick with the current bow tie. Do you believe the 2" thistle would compliment my face better? Also, would it retain the same level of classic look/formality?

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  2. atia2

    atia2 Senior member

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    Looks well sized to me. I like my bow tie to have some heft to it. After all, it is a throwback to a bygone era, mostly worn conventionally or ironically. It would seem wrong to turn it into a sleek and modern fashion accessory. However, I don't think sizing down by 20% would do this, so I suggest you go with your gut.
     


  3. Amiro555

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    Thanks for your input! I kind of figured it was just me as 2.5 inch seems to be the golden standard everywhere I read. Not to mention some of the butterfly bow ties still come at 3.5" tall...

    I'm going to get the 2" and compare side by side before making a decision.
     


  4. Sam Hober

    Sam Hober Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Amiro555,

    You look great in the bow tie as it is.

    A 2 inch vertical height on the ends would also look good - but would be a different look.

    If possible try 2.25 inches as the middle road...
     


  5. MTB-85

    MTB-85 Well-Known Member

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    @Amiro555
    The main thing to be pay attention to here is how wide the wings spread out.
    If they are wider than your jaw-line it is going to look clown-ish

    The height seems fine for you - I have 2", 2 1/4 and 2½" bow ties and I also find that they have different expressions. But if the "overall size" bothers you try and squeeze the blades towards the knot. It will not help with the height of the blades, but it can give the impression that the bow tie isn't as volumious.
     


  6. Orsini

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    Looks OK to me. I'd go with what you've got.
     


  7. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    +1. There's nothing at all wrong with what you have. Still, going half a notch down would be worth a shot, especially because you're not especially heavy-set and have rather slim lapels. A well-balanced, early-60s look.
     
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