A bow tie can take an everyday business suit or fancy dinner fit to the next level. From an all black silhouette to more playful creations, a bow tie can make a simple suit look sophisticated. A bow tie also indicates that you’re a touch playful, dont’ take yourself too seriously, and lean toward the dandy-side of style and fashion. And there’s nothing at all wrong with that. Some of the best and coolest men in the world have worn bow ties. See: James Bond, Le Corbusier, Karl Marx, and Alton Brown.
In short, a bow tie says: I’m here for a good time and I’m not going to sacrifice my style in order to do so.
To help complete your suiting regimen, here’s a round-up of our favorite bow ties, from the exquisite to the extraordinary — just like you.
The Best Bow Ties
Combatant’s gingham bow tie flaunts a versatile look that is a great choice for black, gray, or even denim fits. It sits at a great price considering its a handmade bow tie built from 100 percent silk, and even more enticing because of its appropriateness for formal or casual settings.
The creative design from Hisdern boasts elegance and playfulness. If you’re looking to add a fashion statement to an otherwise plain suit, this thick jacquard piece ties into a beautiful bow and is crafted with a durable high thread count and a colorfully classic and casual jacquard design.
This velvet bow tie is a great way to add some texture to your suit, bringing you to that next level of style. Aside from how you may feel about Ryan Seacrest, you can’t argue the man’s sense of fashion. And because velvet is a fragile material for tying, this bow tie comes pre-tied for your convenience.
Most silk ties are made from premium Italian silk, and The Bow Tie Guy doesn’t settle for anything less. Its silk tie comes boasting a beautiful light green in a highly textured checkered weave that will give any drab suit a lifeline.
This design is inspired by the split tail of the mayfly, an insect which fisherman emulate when tying bait. But this concoction goes beyond its roots. The Brackish style piece boasts a pheasant and guinea feather build with multiple shades to add some funkiness to your fit.
Every man needs a silk black bow tie in the wardrobe. It’s the easiest bow tie to pull off, especially if you’re not looking for overt flashiness, but you still want to take your outfit up a notch. This all-black bow tie is carefully sewn with fine silk and looks great with tuxedos as well as plain black or grey suits.
Handmade from high-quality silk in a sleek, striped, two-toned twill weave, the Brooks Brothers bow tie is fashion forward without calling too much attention. It’s a great addition to an everyday navy blue suit if you’re looking to add some personality or flare, and will also offer a boost to a casual white button down.
If you’re searching for a bow tie that will make your casual suiting experience pop, this silk striped bow tie from The Tie Bar is offered in a spring- and summer-ready pale mint green colorway that can brighten up a charcoal or dark, tonal seersucker suit with little effort.
Not sure how to tie a bow tie? Have no fear, just watch this video and learn how to tie a bow tie the right way, every time.