What's wrong with bow ties?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Chase H, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Chase H

    Chase H Senior member

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    I've seen a lot of distaste for bow ties on here, and I have to ask what the reason for that is. They've been around for a long time, so it's not some sort of menswear blogger invention. Is the current dislike of bow ties just reactionary sentiment against the current /r/menswear and frat star belief that bow ties are instant class?

    What's wrong with bow ties?
     


  2. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    What you have probably seen is a lot of bow ties done distastefully. I don't think many would dislike them in the right context and none that I can think of would say that bow ties in general are distasteful.
     


  3. Chase H

    Chase H Senior member

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    Outside of semi-formal events, how does one wear a bow tie in a tasteful fashion?
     


  4. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    That's a loaded question and I don't know if I am the most qualified to answer it. But I will say this, I believe a bow tie should always be worn with a jacket, the same kind of attention to contrast and color, and the same kind of differentiation of pattern density as a long tie. Personally I try to avoid loud or overly bright bow ties. The clown connotation is too strong. I will try to always go very matte and simple because a bow tie is an attention getter to begin with. But that's more personal preference I think.
     


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    With a tux I wouldn't feel any reservations but outside of a black tie event this picture is pretty much how I feel about bow ties.
    (But again everyone's taste will differ)
     


  7. Geruvah

    Geruvah Senior member

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    I sure hope there's nothing wrong with a bow tie. I don't wear a necktie.

    I do plan on getting one, at least, from Sam Hober. As much as I love the bowtie and tying it with my eyes closed, a necktie makes more a power statement. Perfect for high school reuinions where you meet the people that used to bully you and are now working at the grocery store.
     
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  8. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Bow ties were often the preferred neckwear of many professionals who worked with their hands, i.e. doctors. There is the practical advantage that the ends don't get tangled in what you are doing.
     


  9. Chase H

    Chase H Senior member

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    I may be biased in favor of bow ties because two of the men I'd most like to emulate wore them -- my childhood doctor and my grandfather.
     


  10. Mr Martini

    Mr Martini Senior member

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    i feel like porky pig in a bow tie... that is the specific reason i hate them.
     


  11. Mr Engineer

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    Never was a fan of them
     


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    size 38R Senior member

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    bow ties are cool.....................[​IMG]
     


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    I have nothing against bow ties, though I don't personally wear them outside of black tie / white tie events. You may be thought of as slightly eccentric for wearing them by some, but that's really the only downside I can see. If you're a junior guy in your workplace and everyone else wears long ties or no tie at all, it may not be the best plan if you don't want to be known as "bow tie guy." Otherwise, go nuts. I'd stick to more conservative patterns and designs until you're used to wearing them.

    Bow ties are definitely not CBD.
     


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    FillW Senior member

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    "What's wrong with bow ties?"

    Nothing but it seems most people can't carry off wearing them and looking good (or are afraid to try). [​IMG]

    I got nothing but compliments when I've worn them out at night.

    I may wear one to work just for the hell of it this week since I started wearing my thrifted tweed jackets. I absolutely know I'll get nothing but insane reactions from everyone here at work. It'll really throw a cog in the proverbial wheels... [​IMG]
     
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  15. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This reminds me of guys a few years ago discovering pocket squares for the first time as though the addition of any pocket square all of a sudden made them well dressed. A bow tie is only one item. I see well dressed guys and you don't focus on the fact that they are wearing a bow tie but simply that they are well dressed.

    I think if you look at someone and zero in the a pocket square, bow tie or any other single accessory, that is a distraction. If it shouts "I'm wearing a bow tie" and perhaps you should try one that is a bit more subtle and coordinated with the rest of your fabrics and the cuts.

    Once you have the basics down and feel comfortable, then try a more expressive bow tie for a party or some lively event, but maybe not the office.

    PS-Those tiny little bow ties, unless you have a tiny little head, will always look like Pee Wee Herman. Get a tie in scale with your lapels , shirt collar and head.
     


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