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How To Wear A Bow Tie

When it comes to neckwear, one item has seen a huge rise in popularity over recent years – the bow tie. Once seen as an item only for the most formal of affairs, recently the bow tie has burst back onto the fashion scene, offering a versatile and stylish way to smarten up any outfit. We take a look at a few different ways on how to wear a bow tie. 


A bow tie offers something a little different when it comes to your formal wear. Sure to make an impression, bow ties are daring, quirky, on-trend, and add an element of confidence to your ensemble.

A bow tie, however, can be intimidating. When should you wear it? What should you wear it with? Here at Ties R Us we’re discussing how to wear a bow tie for various events, to help you work this stylish accessory into your wardrobe.


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A bow tie is commonly worn for formal events. In particular, a black tie or white tie event – the most formal of dress codes – would call for a plain black or white bow tie, in a luxurious material such as silk or satin. For an added touch of class, opt for a bow tie and hanky set, such as the Plain Black Hand Made Mens Bow Tie and Handkerchief Set. Alongside a high quality, handmade satin bow tie, a matching satin pocket square offers the perfect way to complete your look.

For other formal affairs, a subtle coloured bow tie worn with a crisp white shirt and black, grey or navy suit is sure to make an impression.



Semi-formal Event

For a semi-formal event you can get away with being a little more adventurous with your neckwear, shirt and suit combinations. Try working patterns into your look for a quirky yet smart twist. For a summer or outdoor event such as a wedding, a plaid suit or waistcoat combined with a spotted bow tie and suspenders creates a great stylish yet semi-formal look. This Champagne and White Polka Dot Bow Tie hits the nail on the head perfectly – the subtle colours alongside the quirky spotted design create the perfect combination of playful and smart.



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For a casual event anything goes, so take full advantage of your creative freedom! There are a number of ways bow ties can be worked in with casual outfits – try with jeans and a casual waistcoat or blazer, or pair a bow tie with a v-neck jumper or cardigan for a relaxed yet smart look. Choose from a range of bold colours and patterns – this Red and White Polka Dot Bow Tie is perfect for making a bold and stylish statement.



So, if you’re looking for the perfect bow tie for a special occasion, remember;

  • For a formal event, choose a black or white bow tie in silk or satin.
  • For a semi-formal event, choose a patterned yet neutral toned bow tie.
  • For a casual event, have fun with fun coloured bow ties, polka dot bow ties or pattern combinations.


Now you’re in the know on how to wear a bow tie, why not choose from the collection available on our store. For a full range of men’s bow ties, including plain bow ties, polka dot bow ties and bow tie and hanky sets, explore the full bow tie collection at Ties R Us.

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