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Make a Statement with a Bow Tie

Updated on December 30, 2017

Bold Bow Ties - Classic, Enduring Style in Menswear

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill

Fashion Neckwear for the Confident Individual

Men's ties have undergone style changes through the decades. Long ties go from skinny to fat to skinny again. Bow ties go in and out of favor as well.

The bow tie is seen today as a mark of individuality. It is worn by men who are willing to stand out from the crowd by wearing something other than a long necktie. Men should keep in mind the business culture of particular companies, since the most conservative firms may see a bow tie as eccentric, nonconformist, or perhaps even a bit wild. If that is a message you are willing to convey, go for it!

Here you will find inspirational men who wear/wore bow ties and sources for finding the most stylish ties to wear.

This photo shows one way to tie a bow tie. For more detailed instruction, see the video below.

Photo credit: By: Chris 73 derivative work: M.moriconi (HowToTieBowtie_VersionA.png)

How Do I Tie a Bow Tie? - Watch and Learn

Bow Tie, Step by Step

Try a Different Knot for a Change

Influential Men in Bow Ties - All Professions are Represented

The bow tie has been favored by a number of well-known men in fields as diverse as politics, academia, journalism, and comedy. The man who chooses a bow tie is in good company.

  1. Politics and Government Service: Sir Winston Churchill; late U.S. Senator Paul Simon; C. Everett Koop, former Surgeon General of the U.S.
  2. Education and Religion: Daniel J. Boorstin, former Librarian of Congress; Bill "The Science Guy" Nye; Rev. Louis Farrakhan.
  3. Journalism: Charles Osgood; George Will; Tucker Carlson.
  4. Entertainment: Charlie Chaplin; Jerry Lewis; Fred Astaire.

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A Bow Tie Memory

My fifth grade teacher, Mr. S, was my first male teacher in the 1973-74 academic year. At that time, men's ties were big and bold. Some wore extra-wide four-in-hand ties, but Mr. S usually wore a big bow tie. I suppose I have a slight fondness for bow ties because Mr. S. was a good teacher.

Besides teaching math to all the fifth and sixth grade students at my school, Mr. S shared his love for reading. It was he who gave me a copy of "The Hobbit." How can one ever properly thank the person who introduces them to J.R.R. Tolkien?

Here's to all the men who wear bow ties and give their best at whatever their profession!

In Conclusion:

While styles such as the cravat and ascot are seen as old-fashioned or stuffy or eccentric today, the bow tie has endured. Like the long, four-in-hand necktie, the bow tie is available in a broad selection of menswear prints, novelty prints and solid colors. Wear a bow tie any place you might wear a long necktie.

What Do You Think About Bow Ties?

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      @Dusty2 LM: I still remember the bow ties my teachers wore.

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      Thamisgith 4 years ago

      My youngest son loves bow ties. For myself, it's weddings and black tie dinners only.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Talk about some nostalgic memories. I have always liked the bow tie on men. My Dad used to wear bow ties. I wore a bow tie, as well as a hat, with my first full suit when I started school in the 50s. Also wore one to church on Sundays or formal occasions. Speaking of teachers; i had a Science teacher who always wore a bow tie. I would like to see the bow tie come back in fashion and vogue. I enjoyed reading this lens as well as watching the video for tying a bow tie. It's been sooo long I forgot. Thank You for stopping by my How To Make An Easy Homemade Kindle E-reader Book Cover lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it. Have a Great Day!

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      I have many regular ties. (in shape only. The patterns are a bit on the unique side.) To be honest I have yet to find a bow time that I like. That has not stopped me from looking though.

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      @youthministry: I think I like them because my 5th grade teacher wore one--and Mr. Stevens was certainly cool.

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      Paul Turner 4 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      "Bow ties are cool" - Dr. Who

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      Paul Turner 4 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      "Bow ties are cool" - Dr. Who