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Buying a bow tie?

You want to buy a bow tie but what should you pay attention to when buying a new one? Read our tips here. 

The occasion

First, ask yourself what occasion and what outfit you want to wear your bow tie for. At a gala, for instance, you should opt for a self-tie bow tie rather than a pre-tied bow tie. While, for example, the choice of material also depends on the occasion. A velvet bow tie is more likely to be worn in the evening or an event in winter. This while a linen bow tie lends itself to wearing in spring or summer at a festive event such as a wedding.

In general, the less formal the occasion, the more you can opt for a lavish colour or pattern.

The right combination

You can buy such a beautiful bow tie, the combination with the rest of your outfit should enhance it further. For example, a bow tie with a hip pattern is a real eye catcher, however, if you choose a bow tie with a busy print, it is important to wear a "quiet" shirt. Otherwise, the whole look will be too busy.

For more information on making the right combination, look at our page on dress codes.

A suitable shirt

When buying a bow tie, it is important to match it with a suitable shirt. Usually this goes well but with these shirt collar types, you can be sure you'll be fine:

  •  Button down collar
  •  Cut-away collar
  •  Kent collar
  •  Wide-spread collar
  •  Wingtip board is usually only worn with self-ties.

We hope this has helped you on your way to buying a bow tie. But of course, your taste also remains important, and you should base it on this when buying a bow tie. If it makes you feel good, it will look good on you!

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