Shirts for Bow Ties

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by J. Cogburn, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. J. Cogburn

    J. Cogburn Senior member

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    I need new business shirts. If I wore conventional ties every day, this would be a no-brainer; I'd be getting spread collars. But I like to wear a bow tie about once a week and I remember reading somewhere that bow ties are best with point collar shirts and not so good (aesthetically speaking) with spread collars.

    Alas, the budget will not allow for dedicated shirts for bow ties; whatever I buy needs to work with both. Hence, I'm leaning towards a bunch of point collar shirts so that I can swing either way.

    Unless, that is, you guys can talk me into bow ties with spread collars. Can you?
     
  2. bowtielover

    bowtielover Senior member

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    You can wear a bowtie with any collar shirt you choose, I wear spead collars all the time and I also wear bowties all the time with no problem. Point collars generally look best, I would just stay away from button downs. If you wear a larger style like 2.5 or up and can get a good tie out of it then you should have no problem wearing one with a spread collar shirt.
     
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    RyJ Maduro Senior member

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    I usually wear my bow ties with an OCBD; but they're also fine with a moderate spread collar.
     
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    ^^^ I agree ... a moderate spread is okay.
    90% of my shirts have a spread collar of moderate width ... and I wear bow ties about 40% of the time.
     
  5. W.R.

    W.R. Senior member

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    I would just stay away from button downs


    I would not.
     

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