It’s not just enough to buy clothes, what makes you stylish is knowing how to wear them in regards to your individuality and current mood. Today, we tackle 4 ways to know whether to wear a tie or bowtie.
In trying to attain a dapper look, you most often think of suits and ties. Many of us wonder whether we should be wearing a tie or wearing a bowtie and some just think, “does it really matter.” The truth is it’s very important and wearing the right kind of tie with the right outfit can make all the difference.
The first thing to know is that ties are a support. They perform the function of adding the final touch to your formal or black tie look. Also, they are an accessory. Some ties are very stylish and can be quite the fashion statement. They can also keep you fastened and warm, in an air conditioned car/office.
In buying a tie, you should always take your figure into consideration. This applies more to ties than bowties. People with bigger frames and wider shoulders may want to consider wider ties, while smaller frames will do well with narrower ties.
Now that we have the purpose and buying techniques. Here’s what you need to know in making a decision as to either wearing a tie or a bowtie:
Proportion: The rule of thumb is that the widest part of your tie should be the same width as the widest part of your suit lapel. Anything too out of balance, will make you look like you’re not coordinated.
Dress code: If you are attending a formal event, you should wear a tie, as it is more formal than the absolutely ceremonial bowtie. A bow tie is meant for black tie events, where you are expected to have a classic or dapper look. However, if there are no dress codes given, then you may do as you wish but you don’t wanna be wearing a bow tie to the beach.
Occasion: Traditionally, long ties would be worn to offices, board meetings and any professional environments but bowties are typically for dinner parties, award shows, most red carpet events. However, there are neutral places they can be worn to such as church and dates.
Style: As for the bowtie, you can either buy the self tied bowties or pre tied bowties. The self tied bowties are usually more expensive and are deemed more glamorous. You may also want to leave the velvet kind for the tuxedo look. As for the long ties, you can tie it in a variety of knots. There are endless tutorials on how to knot a tie.