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Bow Tie with Navy/Dark Blue 3 Piece Peak Lapel Suit for Wedding

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by effers, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. effers

    effers Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2011
    Looking for help and suggestions on a bow tie choice for my upcoming wedding. I'll be wearing a navy/dark blue 3 piece peaked lapel suit with white shirt. I know standard rule of thumb is that the bow tie is to match colour and fabric texture of facing lapel of the tuxedo but are there any rules for bow ties paired with suits?

    Would something like Sam Hober's Grossgrain Silk (Black) or Grenadine Fina (Midnight Blue) work?


    Groomsmen will likely be wearing ties in Shepherd's Check/Hounds tooth/Glen Plaid.

    Any thoughts or suggestions? Should I still wear a black bow tie even with a navy suit?

  2. tgt465

    tgt465 Senior member

    Dec 6, 2010
    I would not recommend a black bow tie unless you are wearing a tuxedo. A black bow tie with dark suit suggests you could not afford a complete tuxedo but are trying to make it look like you are wearing one. There aren't any hard rules about color/patterns for bow ties, but if it is a daytime wedding, you should aim for some more colorful options. If there is a color theme for the wedding, try to find something in that line, but avoid being too matchy-matchy.

    Congratulations, and best wishes for your marriage.
  3. skefferz

    skefferz Senior member

    May 22, 2006
    It would be better to wear a long tie for a more formal look. Otherwise, consider a bow tie in one of the wedding tie patterns below. Check out this glencheck bow tie from Drakes http://www.drakes-london.com/ties/bow-ties/woven-silk-jacquard-bow-tie. The following are Manton's recommendations from his posting: "Shepherd's check is, IMO, the ne plus ultra of wedding ties, and my favorite. Black/white/silver/gray is the safest and most iconic color palate. But dark blue can substitute for black and is very elegant. The one in the center is blue and yellow shepherd's check on a pale silver ground. I like it for spring/summer: [​IMG] The one on the far left is a light navy with a silver plaid. Second from left is a silver/black Macclesfield. Second from right is a classic shepard's check. Far right is a houndstooth."
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2012
  4. effers

    effers Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2011
    Thanks for the suggestions and well wishes.

    I did catch Manton's post above which is what I'm framing the groomsmen's tie attire around. I didn't know they also applied to bow ties but now that I think of it, I guess it would be about the same.

    I do like that glencheck bow tie suggestion from Drakes. Any other readily available retailers I should be checking around for similar high quality options?
  5. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

    Jun 14, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    Watch that cream background on the glenplaid tie from Drakes. It could look dingy against a very white shirt. Then again, it might look fine. Other than that it looks like THE perfect tie for your occasion.

    It's one of those things you might do well to have a couple of options in hand well in advance of 'the big day'. Just in case.

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