Favorite Bow Tie Shape for Black Tie?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jrd617, Jun 25, 2013.

Favorite bow tie shape for black tie?

  1. Butterfly

    8 vote(s)
    47.1%
  2. Batwing

    4 vote(s)
    23.5%
  3. Diamond

    5 vote(s)
    29.4%
  4. Other

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    0.0%
  1. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    I have a butterfly shape bow tie from Brooks Brothers, but I'm thinking about getting another shape as the butterfly is floppy looking. I think I prefer the diamond shape.

    I suppose one of the parameters to consider is the collar type. Assume a turndown mid-spread collar.


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    Diamond for me.
     


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    Ianiceman Senior member

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    And just to be egalitarian / contrary, I like the batwing. Reminds me of that Dr. No era Connery early sixties slim lapel, slim tie, slim fit look.

    The example above of the butterfly looks decent as its still narrow but the huge velvet monstrosities of the seventies are hideous versions.

    What's a thistle? Same as a butterfly?
     


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    jrd617 Senior member

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  6. Eustace Tilley

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    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    Dude! A big no on the pre-tied.

    This is the best instructional video I have found - give yourself a half-hour to practice and you'll get the hang of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJv4Qh7zR3E
     


  9. jrd617

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    Hmm I'd give that a try. I just watched it once, though the camera angle isn't the best.

    Honestly though, pretied aren't as evil as clip-ons. There's no real way anyone could know it's a pretied without very close inspection.

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  10. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    And insider trading isn't as evil as murder, but it's still a crime. Pre-tied bows are a sign of defeat, particularly when learning how to correctly tie a bow doesn't take much effort. Give it a go!
     


  11. bboysdontcryy

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    Plus, you get to keep nice photographs of bow tying in action. LOL. :rotflmao:

    Seriously, it's not too difficult. Plenty of videos on Youtube showing how it's to be done.

    That's a single-ended bow tie btw.

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    What formal shirt is that?
     


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