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Frequently Asked Questions

When is it inappropriate to wear a bow tie?

While a classic black bow tie will add a sense of old-world luxury to any outfit, there are occasions where clothing uniformity or an event’s tone makes it inappropriate to wear a bow tie. Events such as funerals where congregations are expected to show deep reverence and humility will make it indecorous to draw attention to yourself. Despite imparting flair, a diamond bow tie would look unseemly and pretentious at a nightclub. Similarly, brightly patterned bow ties, linen bow ties and other relaxed fabrications will be too casual for evening wear and formal occasions and may show a lack of esteem.

If you’re in doubt, the team at Woolcott St. will work with you to create a distinguished wardrobe befitting of a true gentleman. From pairing a custom-tailored suit or a smart casual suit with sleek and sophisticated suit accessories and neckties, our long-honed experience, expertise and processes will deliver a form-flattering ensemble and investment piece you can take pride in.

If you’re ready to radiate class and sophistication, schedule an in-person or virtual consultation with our master tailors today to get a suit and bow tie deserving of a man about town. If you have any questions about our services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at any time.

When should you wear a bow tie?

Between trans-seasonal, semi-formal, formal and black tie dress codes, it can be a little difficult to understand when it’s proper to wear certain garments. When in doubt, it’s better to be a little overdressed than underdressed.

Events calling for formalwear and morning dress are great opportunities to don a satin bow tie. As are ceremonies with invited guests and itineraries, such as charity events, gala dinners, award ceremonies and weddings. Occasions promoting culture like museum openings, opera and theatre also call for a stately black velvet bow tie.

A linen bow tie in monochrome or wide patterned stripes will be a stylish accompaniment to add personality to your ensemble and match the ethereal feel of a garden party or picnic.

How do you tie the best bow tie?

If you’re looking to tie the best bow tie that would even impress Winston Churchill, follow our steps below:

  1. Drape the untied bow tie around your neck with the right side hanging about 4 cm longer.
  2. Pull the right band over the left side, drawing it under and through the loop.
  3. Fold the shorter end 45 degrees horizontally and pull the longer band over the top from behind.
  4. Fold the longer end horizontally in the inverse direction of the ready-folded side points and insert it through the loop behind.
  5. Gently pull both ends to tighten the bow in parallel to create ends that mirror each other. Adjust as needed.
  6. Fantastic, you tied your first real bow tie; it will surely be one of many! Don’t worry about minute imperfections — they add charm and character.
Is it appropriate to wear a bow tie to an interview?

It could be appropriate to wear a velvet bow tie depending on where your interview is held. Some organisations may invite prospective employees to fine dining restaurants or cultural events to observe their personality and whether they will fit the culture of the team. On all other occasions, a traditional necktie will be more suitable and expected.

Can you wear a bow tie to a wedding?

A wedding is a prime opportunity to adorn your ensemble with a refined diamond or black bow tie. For many men, the bow tie is the preferred choice for special occasions like weddings, engagements and christenings. Refer to any dress code included in your invitation to match your outfit to what has been requested to ensure you keep with the tone and theme of your loved one’s event.

If you decide to wear this distinguished piece, ensure it is properly styled and fastened. An untied bow tie is never a good reflection of your personal grooming standards.

Are bow ties only for tuxedos?

No, bow ties can be paired with more outfits than just a suave tuxedo. You’ll even see more men wear linen bow ties with short sleeve shirts at more relaxed events in the afternoon. Whether your shirt is sporting a wing tip, British spread or classic collar, a bow tie is always a good choice if the event fits.

Should you match your bow tie and pocket square?

When it comes to styling your outfit, there are some rules you should follow to maintain a genteel presentation. Your bow tie and pocket square don’t need to match precisely, but they should share the same colour group. If a bow tie features a heavy pattern, opt for a pocket square in a solid colour to maintain a sense of balance.

Who is famous for wearing bow ties?

Bow ties are a distinguished styling choice that will help your outfit stand apart from the rest. A gentleman who wears bow ties and pocket squares often enjoys a deep sense of confidence and refinement and isn’t afraid to let their style take centre stage. Once a symbol of conservatism and tradition, today they make a bold style statement; who knew that the bow tie would make such a huge comeback?

From fashion maven Manolo Blahnik, political monolith Winston Churchill, forever icon Fred Astaire and Gore Vidal to contemporaries such as George Clooney and Benedict Cumberbatch, a black velvet bow tie has been a mainstay in men’s genteel fashion.

If you’re looking to add a little bit of flair to your wardrobe, consider following in the footsteps of these notable names and explore our range of bow ties online to give this classic accessory a try.