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Collar styles and bowties

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sblande, May 18, 2004.

  1. sblande

    sblande Member

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    Hi all. New to the forum. I have recently started to wear bowties, yet I'm not quite sure which collar styles are appropriate for the tie. I used to/still wear full windsor knots and have many shirts with a full spread. Is this an acceptable collar to wear with bowties or should I wear shirts with less of a spread? Also, are contrasting collars out of the question as well? Thanks.
     


  2. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Welcome to the world of bow ties. For brands, I would look at Hanauer, Carrot & Gibbs, Beau Ties, Bow Tie Club and Robert Talbott. Also Ben Silver carries some great looking bow ties. J Press seems to carry bow ties at reasonably prices as well. I'm itching to try them.

    As for collars, you can never go wrong with the button-down (aka "Polo") collar. I saw a promo pic recently from Turnbull & Asser that showed a bow tie paired with a pretty wide spread, but I would think a full spread with a bow tie would probably be too much. Personally I would also avoid them with a contrasting collar, but I don't posit that as any sort of rule. I think it would depend somewhat on the style of tie as well.
     


  3. mistahlee

    mistahlee Senior Member

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    Hi sblande.

    I too prefer the button down collar with the bow tie.  Also, if you really get into bow ties, you may want to consider acquiring a few shirts with the placket front, I think it's called.  Anyway it's an extra strip of fabric covering the shirt-front buttons.  Some people feel the buttons, exposed as they are by the bow tie, can be a distraction in the look.
     


  4. clarinetplayer

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    I usually wear a button down with a bow tie. But, on occasion, I wear a full spread English collar, and I think it makes for a sharp image. I also wear contrasting collars with bow ties.
     


  5. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Well I guess I'll have to try it, although I only have one contrasting collar shirt.
     


  6. Keith T

    Keith T TWAT Master.

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    I would never have thought to try a bow tie with spread or contrasting collars, as most people do stick to pairing them with buttondowns. But I am picturing it in my mind now, and hey, why not? You're already wearing a bow tie, which is "bold" in and of itself nowdays, might as well try it with a different-than-standard collar choice.

    And if you think about it, a tux is about as dressy as a guy ever gets, and most sensible guys pair tuxedos with bow ties. (Spare me the bolo ties, string ties, and other atrocities too numerous to mention). And what kind of shirt usually goes with this ensemble? A wing-, or semi-spread collar in most cases (pleats or ruffles, ahem, your choice). So it would seem to be no great stretch to pair a bow tie in less than formal occasions with a spread or contrast collar. I could see it working.
     


  7. clarinetplayer

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    The bow tie is indeed a "bold" statement--perhaps much like wearing a pink (or purple) shirt.  The bow tie says "confidence" and besides, they are fun to wear.  I try to wear a bow tie at least once every two weeks, and when I do, I always receive compliments.
     


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    I wore a bow tie to church today and was bowled over by the number of compliments I received. It's amazing the way that small change from my ties garnered so much attention.
     


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    There was much discussion a month or so ago in one of Foo's black tie threads about collar spread and the consensus was that the best look was for the collar points to hide under the lapel to offer the best possible frame for the black tie.
     
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