Mark your calendars gentlemen, because it’s time to show some love to the bow ties in the back of your closets. National Bow Tie Day, August 28th, is right around the corner and we wouldn’t want you to miss it. But besides debuting this dapper accessory on its national holiday, we’re here to teach you how to incorporate a bow tie into your everyday outfit rotation.
The days of wearing neckwear strictly as formal attire are long gone, and nowadays wearing a bow tie is typically left to the sophisticated sir in the tux or the fashion risk taker of the 21st century. But why? Bow ties are a simple way to add another dimension into your look gentlemen. Classic standards and clean cut options are strong signature pieces, but designs have been revamped for those confident men willing to step outside the traditional box.
Bow tie 101-
- Bow ties are appropriate anytime neckwear can be worn.
- The stigma that they’re the most formal type of neckwear is false.
- A bow tie can be worn anytime- so have some fun!
Don’t be afraid to go for a pattern. It’s always great to have standard options such as black and white in your collection, but make sure to incorporate designs like stripes, florals, and patterns. A Henry favorite is Edward Armah reversible bow ties that offer double sided complimentary designs. Visit our Instagram page for more images of Edward Armah bow ties, or visit us in our showroom to explore the designs yourself.
Henry styles an Edward Armah bow tie-
1.VKNAGRANI cashmere cotton socks – 2. Edward Armah Bow Tie – 3. Tateossian Novelty Pin
To start getting ready for the fall season, we’ve selected an Edward Armah reversible bow tie offering a forest green base with red flower detail on one side and hints of bold red and yellow plaid on the other. Green color tones are great for every season, which makes it a no brainer that Greenery is Pantone’s 2017 color of the year. The inclusion of red and yellow accent colors will help you add styling options to your outfit. When it comes to choosing an accent color, our goal is to provide versatility but also give you the bold look to really stand out. A perfect complement to the Edward Armah bow tie is the red VKNAGRANI cashmere cotton socks; and to finish up the look, a silver and red Tateossian Novelty Pin that continues to play on the bold color choice of red. This styling is adventurous but still provides you with a polished look that is well thought out.
Where did bow ties get started –
The bow tie has Croatian roots dating back to the 17th century. Not known as a bow tie, the ancestry of today’s modern neckwear was called a cravat (similar to a short scarf). When well- to-do men of the Upper French class, who were sought after as fashion gurus of the time, started wearing them, popularity grew and we are left with what we now call, a bow tie.
According to The Bow Tie “The bow tie first entered the scene as a new style of necktie in the beginning of the 19th century; a modification of its predecessor, the cravat. By the mid-1880s, the bow tie had become a staple in the fashion conscious man’s wardrobe.”
Present day, the bow tie has embodied a more relaxed feel. Men of fashion have styled bow ties in formal wear, office wear, and street casual wear. Men in a bow tie radiate confidence, sophistication, and a hint rebellion. It’s simply about selecting a design you enjoy and owning your look.
Time to get all tied up-
Are you unsure of how exactly to tie a bow tie? Maybe because it’s been living in the back of those closets for so long, you’ve forgotten how? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Remember, when tying a well-proportioned bow tie, the ends should fall between the outer corners of your eyes and the edge of your head. Click on the link below for a step by step video on how to tie a standard knot.
Now that you have a little more insight, and hopefully more confidence when it comes to bow ties, we can’t wait to see you in yours! On August 28th, tag @henrydavidsen in your Instagram post or Henry A Davidsen on Facebook for a chance to be featured on our page!