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    When is a Bow Tie Appropriate?

    When is a Bow Tie Appropriate?

    When is a bow tie appropriate? It’s one of the most commonly asked questions we get here at Wits & Beaux. While deciding what counts as formalwear or casual attire can be tricky for many of us, we decided to put together a handy guide to help you make the choice easy.

    Formal Events

    When you think of a bow tie, it’s likely that you picture a full tuxedo or other formal suit. While black tie events often encourage attendees to don the classy matte black bow tie, they typically allow for just about any nice black tie. Generally speaking, a solid color tie is better for formal events, but you can get creative with textures. Remember, a bow tie will make you look classier than a straight necktie.

    Semi-formal Events

    Semi-formal events are the perfect occasion to play with patterns and colors on your tie. Stand out from the crowd and wear something eye-catching. While a straight necktie can hide in your vest or jacket, a bow tie will always make a statement and is always visible. At the end of the evening, you can even untie the bow tie and let the leaf drape over your chest. While no one will be impressed with an untied necktie, plenty of people will be impressed with the fact that you tied a bow tie yourself.

    Casual Events


    While bow ties have a reputation for being reserved for formal events, nothing could be further from the truth. Bow ties are the perfect way to accessorize a plain old button down, adding a touch of class and personality to your everyday outfits. With casual outfits, anything goes. Wear a tie with a bold pattern and match it with our boldly patterned dress socks! There are no rules as long as you feel sharp in your dapper bow tie. It’s all about confidence!

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