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Bow Ties: Worn without coat?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Stephonomon, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. Stephonomon

    Stephonomon New Member

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    Hey there.

    I'm thinking about getting my first bow tie, but I am a little unsure about what to wear them with. At my job we typically wear slacks, collard shirts, and ties. No one wears a full suit or even a sport coat. I can't find many looks online with people wearing a bow tie without some sort of coat or v-neck sweaters. Is it impossible to wear a bow tie in replacement of my tie?

    Please respond only if you are a fan of bow ties, no haters please.
     
  2. Ideefixee

    Ideefixee Senior member

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    Plenty of people I know wear bowties with their collared shirt of choice (oxford, flannel, etc.), with no coat over it.

    Others will slap a bowtie on with a polo. [​IMG]
     
  3. gregor

    gregor Senior member

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    I worked in an office this summer that was very business casual on the floor I worked on and some days I would wear a bow tie without a jacket and it looked okay, it just looked kind of naked. I would try a lightweight v neck sweater or cardigan instead of going without a jacket.
     
  4. babygreenspots

    babygreenspots Senior member

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    I actually think if you have to be coatless a bowtie looks better than a regular tie.
     
  5. kohelet

    kohelet Senior member

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    Hey there.

    I'm thinking about getting my first bow tie, but I am a little unsure about what to wear them with. At my job we typically wear slacks, collard shirts, and ties. No one wears a full suit or even a sport coat. I can't find many looks online with people wearing a bow tie without some sort of coat or v-neck sweaters. Is it impossible to wear a bow tie in replacement of my tie?

    Please respond only if you are a fan of bow ties, no haters please.


    bow ties are nice. you dont have to wear some for of outerwear to rock a bow tie.

    here ya go bro

    [​IMG]

    besides even if someone wears a suit jacket with it, eventually they take it off at work...

    Rock the bow tie!
     
  6. edlarnold

    edlarnold Active Member

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    Bow tie without jacket?

    ..just feels wrong.
     
  7. RyJ Maduro

    RyJ Maduro Senior member

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    I actually think if you have to be coatless a bowtie looks better than a regular tie.

    I agree.
     
  8. alexei

    alexei Senior member

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    bow ties are nice. you dont have to wear some for of outerwear to rock a bow tie.

    here ya go bro

    [​IMG]

    besides even if someone wears a suit jacket with it, eventually they take it off at work...

    Rock the bow tie!


    I like bow ties, but this does not look good IMO.
     
  9. kohelet

    kohelet Senior member

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    I like bow ties, but this does not look good IMO.

    pic is from esquire. there definitely are better ways to style a bow tie.
     
  10. butterflystyle

    butterflystyle Senior member

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    I like bow ties, but this does not look good IMO.

    100% disagree. This looks very classy.
     
  11. aon

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    Check out pictures from this website www.closeupandprivate.com

    The model seems to wear a bow tie a lot. I'm sure there's a photo there of a bow tie without a jacket or sweater
     
  12. Natty Gent

    Natty Gent Member

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    Not impossible at all
     
  13. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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    Bow tie without jacket?

    ..just feels wrong.


    +1...
     
  14. mic

    mic Senior member

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    That look is fine.

    If you like it, rock it!
     
  15. DerekS

    DerekS Senior member

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    I wear one about 1 or 2 times a week...with and without a jacket. And when I wear a jacket, it usually comes off within an hour anyway. I say its fine....go for it!
     
  16. Stephonomon

    Stephonomon New Member

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    Thanks for the votes of confidence! I'll let you know how it looks when I order a couple.
     
  17. BeaconHillBoston

    BeaconHillBoston Senior member

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    The purists will say it's a no-go.


    The more fashion forward sf'ers will say go for it.


    I say go for it. Looks cool if done right.
     
  18. Master Squirrel

    Master Squirrel Senior member

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    I look like a milkman (daddy?) when I do it.. so knock yourself out.
     
  19. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    I would strongly agree with the point of view that if you are going to go coatless but wear a tie, the bowtie is far preferable to the regular necktie. It doesn't swing around and get in the way, the way a necktie would worn in this manner.
     
  20. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Usually looks better on skinny dudes than on the big or fat. Though skinny dudes can run the risk of looking like Superman's pal, Jimmy Olsen.

    Needs to be part of a cultivated look. The downside to that is some people may react negatively to said cultivated look.
     

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