Ultimate Guide To The Bow-Tie | Bow Tie Infographic | Bowtie Proportion & Types

I love bowties.

Bowties are simple, functional, and when used properly can draw positive attention to the wearer.

A lot of you guys already wear them.

How do I know? Dozens of men just like you have emailed me their stories of how bowties get patients to open up to doctors, women smile and talk about how their father’ wore them, and in general they create a signature look that ensures you’re remembered.

But despite all the positives traits of bowties – many men still have questions.

How big should they be? How wide? What style? The best way to tie one?

So for you all – I created this infographic – The Ultimate Guide To The Bow Tie!

 

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So what do you think?

Let me know in the comments below!

  • Frank’s

    I am familiar with one other – tie as if you are knotting a shoelace and your ankle is the neck from a ‘position’ perspective. I’ve been doing it for a long time and it works well. Antonio, thanks for providing the simple explanations!

  • Frank’s

    I am familiar with one other – tie as if you are knotting a shoelace and your ankle is the neck from a ‘position’ perspective. I’ve been doing it for a long time and it works well. Antonio, thanks for providing the simple explanations!

  • Frank’s

    I am familiar with one other – tie as if you are knotting a shoelace and your ankle is the neck from a ‘position’ perspective. I’ve been doing it for a long time and it works well. Antonio, thanks for providing the simple explanations!

  • Stephan

    Hey Antonio, very informative. I’ve been invited to a black tie event which will be held soon. Trying my best to stick to traditional classic rules. However, it’s been quite disappointing that the majority of local stores I venture to purchase…like classic accessories for my Tuxedo – a simple thing as a boutinnere – they seem either to not have or worse, never heard of it. Are there any websites that you may know of, where I can access such accessories and thensome, to go along with my Tux. Running out of precious time. Looking forward to your helpful response. Thanks.

  • Stephan

    Hey Antonio, very informative. I’ve been invited to a black tie event which will be held soon. Trying my best to stick to traditional classic rules. However, it’s been quite disappointing that the majority of local stores I venture to purchase…like classic accessories for my Tuxedo – a simple thing as a boutinnere – they seem either to not have or worse, never heard of it. Are there any websites that you may know of, where I can access such accessories and thensome, to go along with my Tux. Running out of precious time. Looking forward to your helpful response. Thanks.

  • Rick Smith

    When I asked if I really needed to learn to tie a bow tie, I was told, “Boys wear pre-tieds and clip-ons, MEN tie their own!” ;-)

  • RT

    Love the article!! May I also suggest a future article on matching shape of bow tie and shave shape?!
    Thanks!

  • RT

    Shape*

  • RT

    Face shape*

  • Philip

    Sorry, but as far as bowties go – all I can see is Jimmy Olsen from the old “Superman” series in the 1950′s. I just can never see wearing one.

  • Philip

    Sorry, but as far as bowties go – all I can see is Jimmy Olsen from the old “Superman” series in the 1950′s. I just can never see wearing one.

  • menstyle

    Thank you for the suggestion. I will add it to my queue list.

  • menstyle

    Great hearing from you. This website should help: http://www.blacktieguide.com/

  • menstyle

    You’re welcome Frank

  • menstyle

    KC,
    Great hearing from you. Thank you for the suggestion. Will add it to my queue list

  • menstyle

    Cool! :)

  • menstyle

    Nice. It’s definitely an accomplishment when you know how to tie a bow tie :)

  • menstyle

    You’re welcome sir!

  • menstyle

    What is your preferred method?

  • Josh Richey

    I tried to wear a real bowtie to my wedding, I practiced for over 2 hours, and it just never looked right. Had to switch it up and go with a full Windsor. It is close to being considered a ‘hipster’ fashion piece, but if not done too over the top it can look great. I think the hipster look would be combing the bowtie with say a bowler hat and a vest. Just too much going on

  • James McDonald, V

    The Cordial Churchman has a great schematic, and great ties! http://www.cordialchurchman.com

  • UncleBro

    Very nice roundup of bow tie style. This video was responsible for my Aha! moment years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJv4Qh7zR3E

  • UncleBro

    Very nice roundup of bow tie style. This video was responsible for my Aha! moment years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJv4Qh7zR3E

  • UncleBro

    Hello Stephan – I had written a thoughtful and informative post that would have been a big help with your quest for classic black tie accoutrement, but apparently the moderators assumed it was Spammy and deleted it. I now don’t trust this site as a source of unbiased information. Oh, well. It’s not like there aren’t thousands of other resources.

  • menstyle

    We get about 200 spam comments a day – I have hired assistants to help me police them and use the disqus software to automatically block & delete – occasionally great comments are flagged which we then go in and try to return to the comments within 72 hours.

    As for being unbiased – I am far from that. I am human and always lean towards brands and styles I know.

    As for thousands of other resources – not sure about that many but I do list 417 for you right here! – http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/2014-top-mens-style/

    R/S Antonio

  • UncleBro

    My apologies, Antonio. I didn’t realize that posts could (or would) be reinstated. Now that I reread it, I can also see how it might have been mistaken for Spam. And you’re correct—”unbiased” was a bad choice.

  • menstyle

    Thank you for the reply sir and happy the we were able to solve this mystery :) Have a super weekend!

  • menstyle

    Thank you

  • Craig

    I think the secret for me was the fact that, unlike a normal necktie, most of time the bow looked pretty bad after I tied it. After I learned how to make adjustments it wasn’t that bad. At first I was really frustrated because I expected perfection but then I calmed down and worked with it and it started to look like a bowtie. Cheers and I enjoy your work.

  • menstyle

    Good to hear :) Thank you sir!

  • menstyle

    Good to hear :) Thank you sir!

  • menstyle

    Good to hear :) Thank you sir!

  • menstyle

    Hey Stephan. great to hear from you. this article should help: http://www.blacktieguide.com/