"Bow Ties: Sometimes They Come Back..."
24th October 2012
"BOW TIES: SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK..."
The rumour is real, guys.
So, don’t be surprised if, starting from next week, you will start seeing people wearing bow ties in the evening, not only for going to the theatre or to a movie premiere, but also for simply going out for dinner and drinks with friends.
Of course, in the last instance, do not expect to see a bow tie coordinated with the rest of the outfit.
What we are talking here is more bowties paired up with casual tailoring (meaning, “normal” white shirts, “normal” black or grey trousers, eventually even “normal” (but plain) blue indigo denim).
If you already own a bowtie, please take it out from your wardrobe and start thinking how you can apply it to an every-day look: sometimes I think black bow tie, white shirt, blue indigo denim and a black jacket (and, of course, black shoes and belt). Somehow elegant, but not too much, so that it can give the right turnaround to your look.
If you want to dare a little bit, go for black with thin white stripes (diagonal, please), or, go with colours such as grey, burgundy, dark red, navy blue. I would avoid bow ties with dots or with strange check patterns. Eventually, just try with some small prints on a black/grey base (e.g. one example of those will follow below, just to give you an idea).
Basically, keep it simple and go for plain.
Just remember to match the main background of the bow tie with the colour of one of your “visible” accessories: either your belt or your shoes.
Now, just as a reminder, remember there are two types of bow ties.
“Ready-tied” or “pre-tied”, which are the ones with the bow already done, and “self-tie”, which are the ones where the bow needs to be created by the wearer.
If choosing a "self-tie" bow tie, there are usually two shapes available: the "bat wing," which is parallel-sided like a cricket bat, and the "thistle", sometimes known as the "butterfly."
Pictures of the types are shown below for your reference.
Finally, the most important part: How to tie a bow tie.
To help you the most, I am posting here not only a step-by-step written and pictured guide, but also a quick and funny video to give you the most useful tips to get an impeccable bow.
So, ready? Let’s go...
A small preface as a start: it is easier done than said. You will see...
And as usual, the key is practice.
So, if you succeed in doing a perfect bow tie at your first attempt, excellent. Otherwise, don’t get frustrated if it will take you five or six more attempts: this is the average time to get a “good” bow tie.
I enclose here a picture broken down in to 7 easy steps for your reference. Also, please note the bow tie is represented in two different shades of black for easy reference.
1. Lay down the tie and wrap it around your neck with one side (let’s assume it is the right side on the picture, which is the darker one for the purposes of this guide) slightly longer than the other (usually between 3 and 4cm (1 and 1/2 inches) longer than the other;
2. Take the longer side and cross it over the other one;
3. Pass the longer end up through the loop, forming a simple, loose overhand knot (you can keep up the longer end up as in the picture or you can even throw it over your shoulder and keep it there while you complete step 4)
4. Take the shorter end and fold it as a bow;
5. Take the longer end and pull it over the centre of the bow
6. (And now this is the tricky part...) While keeping the left and right sides of the horizontally-folded end, pinch them together in front of the dangling end. You will notice a small hole (formed by the knot you created in Step 3) on the back: now feed the middle of the dangling (longer) end back through the knot.
7. Tighten the bow by pulling on opposite sides and halves simultaneously.
And it is done!!!
As I told you, it is easier done than said: follow the steps above carefully and let us know how it went.
And if you need a quick recap, check out the video we made here below (just for you!)
[Check out our next post for our favourite picks on bow ties for this Autumn-Winter 2012]
(For music video, courtesy of B. Spears)