Tips on how to match a bow-tie with a shirt and a suit

A few tips for the lovers of boldly colored bow-ties – how to wear, how to match colors and how to avoid mistakes. 

The traditional and most common bow-tie is black. If you are going on a visit for a special event, and you prefer a black bow tie to match your suit, you probably won’t be wrong. However, there have appeared recently bow-ties not only of various colors, but bow-ties in polka dots, checkered or with a pattern. Of course, such a bow-tie will make your visit less formal, but it needs a more versatile wardrobe.

Of course, you can’t wear a colorful bow-tie to some of the celebrations that require a strict dress code. For example, it would be strange if you wore a colorful bow to the Oscar awards ceremony or a concert where you played a solo on a musical instrument in front of a large audience. However, in some situations, a colorful bow-tie would be very appropriate. You can sometimes come in colorful bow-tie to the office at work. But remember that when choosing a colorful bow-tie, you need to pay attention how your bow-tie matches in color the rest of your outfit.

Here are a few tips for those who like to experiment:

You can wear a colorful bow tie with a shirt and jeans. Moreover, a red, pink, or even green bow-tie will look good with a crisp white shirt.

Blue bow-tie, white shirt and jeans

Blue bow-tie, white shirt and jeans

A motley or bright bow tie will be a good match to a light solid color shirt and a dark suit. 

Bright red bow-tie, dark suit and a light colored shirt

Bright red bow-tie, dark suit and a light colored shirt

One color or finely patterned bow ties are a perfect fit for suits made of striped or plaid fabrics.

Solid color and small pattern bow-ties look good with striped suits

Solid color and small pattern bow-ties look good with striped suits

A solid color bow tie of plain shades fits well a multicolored suit and a striped or checkered shirt.

Plain bow-tie perfectly fits a plaid suit

Plain bow-tie perfectly fits a plaid suit

Wool solid color bow-ties can be boldly worn with plaid shirts and vice versa.

Red shirt with a plaid bow-tie

Red shirt with a plaid bow-tie

In general, your look should not be too colorful and garish. If your tie is quite colorful, let it be smoothed down by a solid color suit, if you’re wearing a motley suit, then let it be balanced by a plain bow-tie. And keep in mind the golden rule of matching the colors: your clothes should not have more than three matching shades!

In addition, not only good colors and quality fabric give an elegant look to any of your ties, but also a well-tied knot. And to tie a bow-tie beautifully is not as easy as it seems. You can see step by step diagrams on tying a bow-tie in “How to Tie a Tie” app for iOS and Android devices.

 
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