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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

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. jrd617

    jrd617 Well-Known 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.


    Butterfly:

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  2. Anthony Jordan

    Anthony Jordan Well-Known Member

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    Butterfly for me; I might wear the diamond for curiosity, but not with evening dress as to me it stands out a little too much to be elegant.
     
  3. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Well-Known 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?
     
  5. jrd617

    jrd617 Well-Known Member

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  6. Eustace Tilley

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  8. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Well-Known 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 Well-Known 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!
     
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  11. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Well-Known Member

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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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  12. Moloch38

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    What formal shirt is that?
     

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